Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Here Comes Santa Claus!

Santa Claus finally came over to our house last night ;)

My two boys have been waiting for this day ever since the school holidays started. During the past weeks, they kept changing their minds about what to wish for from dear Santa. After much deliberations, both of them finally made their final decisions, and wrote their wishes to Santa, just last week!

In the past, they would constantly pester me with questions on how Santa can come into our house since we don't have a chimney! I always tell them my standard answer..."he will find some ways to get in, so don't worry!" It was only after reading a book about St Nicks, both of them agreed that the old man will shrink into the size of an ant, and crawl into our house by the key hole ;p Last nite, they were still talking about installing a few hidden video cameras, and setting up some infra red security systems at the various corners of the living room so as to catch Santa in action! Just before bedtime, they have wanted to prepare some cookies and a cup of hot coffee for Santa...but mummy was simply too tired to get it ready, and told them Santa would have his fair share of cookies and drinks from all his rounds.

We woke up early this morning. The first thing they did was to look around for presents left by Santa. They couldn't wait till boxing day to unwrap the presents, and I was being a little too kind to grant them their wishes (I had meant to try to stretch their patience a little longer!). Naturally, due to their 'short notice' they didn't get what they have wished for from Santa! My younger boy came to the conclusion that Santa must have made a mistake and placed the wrong gifts meant for other children, lolz! Anyway, they are still very happy with what he has offered ;)


I made this Santa Claus cake as dessert for our xmas eve dinner last nite. Don't ever think that I am creative enough to come up with this on my own!! I have copied the entire idea from this Japanese Meiji website here. It even came with a demo video to show you how to make and decorate the cake. I can't read a single Japanese word, but the video is really self explanatory.


I didn't follow the sponge cake recipe given in the website though. I used one which I copied from a Japanese to Chinese translated cookbook. This recipe is for an 18cm (7") cake, which is just the idea size for our family.


Making the sponge layer was relatively easy. I filled the middle with some non-dairy whipping cream and some strawberries slices. I also thought that frosting the exterior with cream was not too difficult this time. The only problem I faced was making the chocolate curls for the beard. In order to get very nice curls, first, the chocolate must be at the right temperature (room temperature)...soft enough for it to curl when you scrap it. Second, you got to use the right tool. I tried using a normal small spoon, it didn't curl up but broke into tiny bits instead...then I tried using a peeler...the curls was way too long! Then I realised the right tool should be a small ice cream scoop. Since I don't have one, I looked around my drawer to find something suitable. It was a plastic spoon (the 2.5ml end) which is use for dispensing medicine for my kids that did the trick!


The cake tasted very delicious...light and refreshing. The texture of the sponge layer was very soft and moist! I think it has got to do with brushing the sponger layer with sugar syrup. The cake was not dry at all even though I made it one day ahead. There is no doubt that this sponge cake recipe is going to be a keeper!


Ingredients:
(makes one 18cm sponge cake)

100g cake flour
3 eggs, room temperature
90g caster sugar
20g unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons fresh milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Method:
  1. Sift cake flour, set aside. Line bottom and sides of an 18cm (7 inch) round pan with parchment paper, set aside. Pre-heat oven to 170degC. Position rack at the lower bottom of the oven.
  2. With an electric mixer, whisk eggs and sugar on HIGH speed for about 5 to 7 mins, until the batter double in volume and is ribbon-like (the batter should leave a ribbon-like texture when the beater is lifted up). Turn to LOW speed and whisk for another 1 to 2 mins. Whisking at low speed helps to stabilise the air bubbles in the batter.
  3. Add sifted cake flour into the batter. With a spatula, gently fold in the flour until well blended. Take care not to deflate the batter. (To ensure proper folding in of the flour, you can add the flour in three separate additions.)
  4. Add the melted butter, fold with spatula until well blended
  5. Add in fresh milk, vanilla extract and fold in gently with spatula.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 30~35 mins, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Unmold and invert onto cooling rack, cool completely.
Recipe source: 点心达人, 轻松学 / 小川智美著

108 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas Happy Homebaker! Wow, this is really a great idea, beautiful cake indeed! Your sponge cake looks soft and not dry, what I'm looking for. I will try the sponge cake recipe next time! :)

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  2. I visit your blog everday, it is very nice. My blog name is http://eda-ecafe.blogspot.com/ but it is Turkish, if you visit me , I 'll be happy

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  3. Your sponge cake looks delicious!
    I bet your family enjoyed it a lot :D
    Lol i used to wonder how Santa would get into my home since i don't have a chimney too.
    Haha
    But my parents were rather straightforward, they immediately told me that Santa doesn't exist.
    HAHA

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  4. Hi Happy Homemaker,is it possible to download or save the demo video into PC or CD for off-lne viewing purpose. Thanks & regards. SP

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  5. Aimei, let me know after you tried this recipe. I think in order not to get a very dry cake, the baking time is quite critical. You got to get the cake out when it is just done, so don't overbake.

    Hi Ece, thanks for being a regular visitor of my blog. Although I don't understand Turkish, but your blog is lovely, especially the banner...is it be a drawing done by your child?

    Hi Sweet-tooth, we like the cake very much...my husband couldn't help but keep reaching out for another slice!
    Oh, my elder boy's friends do not believe in Santa...bet he's the only one who believes in him :) He told me when he grows up he wants to visit Santa in Finland, I told him he must buy a ticket for me to go with him too!!

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  6. Hi SP, I am not sure whether this is possible, as I have never tried it? but my guess is, you won't be able to save it for off-line viewing :(

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  7. Thanks for your tips!

    By the way, when I was about 4 years old, my mum placed a christmas present beside my bed on the night of eve and when I awoke on christmas day in the morning, the first thing i saw was the present. I was so delighted! I thought Santa really came. I thought he climbed over the window!! lol

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  8. Merry Christmas! such a cute santa... i won't mind him visiting me! LOL

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  9. This is adorable! Hope you had a great Christmas :-)

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  11. I know I'm a little late on this comment since Christmas is over, but I had to comment because I think this is such a cute idea :D

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  12. Hi HBB, would you mind to share your recipe on frosting. Is it fresh cream ? Thx, SP

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  13. Hi SP, I used non-dairy whipping cream for the frosting...you just need to pour and whip. Hope this helps.

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  14. Hi happyhomebaker, you mentioned about brushing the cake with a sugar syrup.Can you please help elaborate further on this? What was needed to make the sugar syrup and when did you brush it? after the cake has cooled and how long before frosting the cake? I would love to bake this for my daughter's birthday which is this Sat. Thank you very much!

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  15. Hi Anonymous, to make the syrup, you just need to melt 15g of sugar(either caster or granulated) with 60ml of hot water, and let it cool. When the sponge cake is completely cooled off, slice it horizontally into 2 layers. Brush the surface of the sponge layers (the cut side) with the syrup and you may proceed to frost the cake. Hope this helps ;)

    I'll be making a no-bake birthday cake for my husband...his bday is this Sat too.

    Happy Birthday to your girl!!

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  16. Hihi, I chanced upon your blog by accident while googling for bento receipes. And I must say, lucky me. :-)
    Have tried your muffin receipes and they were great! But I tried the receipe for the Santa claus sponge cake and found that my cake did not rise. Do you think its cos i didnt beat the eggs and sugar enough???

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  17. Hi Anonymous, thanks for visiting :)
    I tend to think that it's due to the beating of the eggs...did u beat till it double/triple in volume? and when u lift up the beater did the egg mixture left a ribbon like trail?

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  18. The mixture left a ribbon-like trail but I reckon it did not exactly double in volume...but I am determined to try it again and get it right! Thanks! - Lizzy

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  19. Hi Happy Homebaker, I had try the santa claus recipe. It rise and double in size but the texture of my cake was very rough. I dun know what happen. is it something to do with the flour? thanks

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  20. Hi Anonymous, I am not sure what you meant by 'rough'...was it dry and coarse? I am not too sure what went wrong...but if u managed to get the batter right, then it would likely due to the baking temperature and baking time. Did you preheat your oven (at least for 15-20mins?) Baking at too low a temperature will tend to dry out the cake...and too long a baking time, will make the cake dry too. You can refer to this site (http://www.baking911.com/cakes/problems.htm#WHAT) for possible causes. Hope this helps.

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  21. Hi Happy Homebaker, ya you could be right. Maybe I overbake the cake till it's dry tat's why the tecture is dry. I'll try again n see whether it's better.. he he.. Also i try decorating the cake.. yours' blog inspire me... he he... by i find that when i put the whip cream on the cake and try to spread it.. then little crumb of the cake got mixed up in the whip cream...so i couldn't get a nice layer of whip cream.. is there a solution to that.. did u ever face this type of problem? could it b coz my cake was dry or maybe i didn;t cut the cake nicely in half...thanks

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  22. Hi Anonymous, yes I do have the same problem...scrapping off the crumbs while trying to frost it! I have not attended any baking class, and dont really know how to go about decorating a cake. What I have learn from books is...u can spread a thin layer of cream on the cake...then chill it before spreading on the rest of the cream. This way, the crumbs will not get into the way. Hope this helps.

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  23. Hi HappyHH, I tried making the cake again and this time my batter did double in size! Still it didn't rise as much as what I see from your pictures. My whipped cream comes out to be off-white...I wonder if its becos I didnt whipped it with sugar or that its dairy base. Nonetheless, am going to try again! :) - Lizzy

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  24. Hi Lizzy,
    glad to hear that u managed to bit the batter till it double in size. Now you may need to practice a little more on the folding in of the flour.
    Non-dairy cream has sugar added in, so it is not necessary to add in sugar when whipping, and the colour is almost pure white. whereas for dairy cream, it is usually off-white...a little yellowish. You will have to add in sugar when u whip dairy cream as it has no sugar in it. I looking forward to hearing great news from u again!

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  25. May I ask which brand of whipping cream you use? :) - Lizzy

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  26. Hi Lizzy, I used the Redman brand's non-dairy whipping cream available at Phoon Huat.

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  27. hi, i hope that i can bake like you one day ;)

    can i know why u choose to use whipped cream? can i buy those ready made whpped cream in a spray can? how much whipped cream can the whipping cream produce?

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  28. Hi Anonymous, I have never thot of using those whipped cream in a can. I am not sure whether it is suitable?
    Usually I would need about 1-1.5cups of cream to frost a 18-20cm cake. Hope this helps :)

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  29. thks for anwering my qns. if i use redman's whipping cream, do i whipped the whole pack? how do i store the unused cream.

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  30. Hi Anonymous, I usually whip about 1-1.5 cups of cream to frost a 18-20cm cake. You can store the unused cream in containers in the fridge. You may ask the sales staff at Phoon Huat for advice on storing too.

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  31. Hi Happyhomebaker

    wow, your sponge cake looks great! I would love to try it someday but have a question to ask, I only have a 20cm (8inch) round cake tin. but notice your recipe is for a slightly smaller cake. i think i have to change the qty of the ingredients used in order to fit my cake tin..can u kindly advise what should be the amt of each ingredient i should use?
    tks much.

    octopusmum

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  32. Hi Octopusmum, I have posted another sponge cake recipe for a 20cm pan size. You may refer to it under the post "Peach Layered Sponge Cake". Hope u will find that useful :)

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  33. HI Happy home baker

    thks for directing me to that site. i was about to ask u about subsituting the salad oil with olive oil. You said it can be done but i am wondering, will using olive oil give a funny taste because i read somewhere that using olive oil may have that effect. btw, i juz checked out the website with the photo effects, it is really cool! thks for posting...and finally, you have a wonderful hubby and a v thoughtful son!

    regards
    octopusmum

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  34. Hi Octopuismum, thanks for the kind comments :)
    I have tried using Pure olive oil (not extra-virgin), but I couldn't taste any difference...I guess my palette is not that well trained ;) In that case do stick to what is recommended in the recipe.

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  35. Hi Happy Home Baker!

    I've just tried out this recipe of yours and it is wonderful! Thank you so much for posting it. It's truly a light and tasty cake. And now I can make it! You rock!

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  36. Hi Jane, I'm so glad to hear that u have great success with this recipe :)

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  37. HI HBB!!

    I recently used your sponge recipe to make a chestnut layered cake and it was just PERFECT. very soft and moist. thankyou so much for sharing :) much appreciated.

    Jess.

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  38. Hi there!!!

    I need your help. :)
    If i dont want to use unsalted butter, can i use salted one? Cause my house have a lot of extra.... T_T~

    And for the sponge fingers used in the strawberry mango cake, where can i get it?
    For whipped cream, it can be easily get in NTUC, Sheng Shiong?

    Hope you get back to me asap cause im baking for my boyfriend's birthday tomorrow.. :)
    Thanks :)

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  39. Hi FAN, yes, you can use salted butter. I bought the sponge fingers from Carrefour, you may be able to find it at certain NTUC outlets. For the non-dairy whipped cream I bought it from Phoon Huat, you may also find it at Carrefour, cold storage. I am not too sure about NTUC though.

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  40. hihi, ur pictures & recipes are really inspiring. Gonna try the Santa cake for this Xmas.
    BTW, i tried making the Otah Bread, but i used hotdog instead. The taste is there, however i wasn't able to achieve the RIGHT texture like urs. It was dry inside. & my bread was ready in abt 8 mins. With the top part golden brown already. Maybe i'll hv to drop my oven temp to 170degrees. Any suggestions?

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  41. Hi ta-B, besides lowering the oven temperature, you may also try baking the buns at a lower rack position.

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  42. HI there, I was wondering, if I use dairy whipping cream would I get the same result as the non-dairy whipping cream?

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  43. Hi Anonymous, you may use dairy whipping cream...the only thing is, the colour may not be pure white...as I've noticed that dairy cream has got a yellowish tint to it.

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  44. Hi HHB,
    I was trying to follow your recipe but just as I put the cake in the oven I realized that in the recipe you didn't add in the vanilla extract; do I need this? And if so, when should I add it into the batter?

    Btw, I tried your chicken and mushroom baked rice recipe and it turned out delicious!

    Thanks~<3

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  45. Hi Chika, I'm so sorry for the error! I have updated the recipe, you will need to add the vanilla extract with the fresh milk. Did you add in the vanilla? If not, I think it wouldn't really affect the cake too much. Once again my apologies for the mistake!
    I'm glad t hear that your baked rice turned out well :) I have comments that some readers who tried the dish, find it too bland?

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  46. Hi HHB,
    Thanks for repying so quickly; I actually didn't add in the vanilla but the cake turned out really good. It was light and not overly sweet. I actually used it to make the piano cake, but the bottom of the cake was a bit harder than I wanted :/

    Keep up with your posts! They really help and inspire me to try new things ^^

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  47. I need your help!! I can't seem to bring the volume to double.. I tried twice and achieve the ribbon effect but never succeeded in the volume. I followed your instructions and even watched the Jap video. What do I need to do to bring it up to double vol?

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  48. Hi Angie, I am not sure what exactly was the problem...but since you are able to achieve the ribbon effect, the egg mixture should double in volume by then. Did the egg mixture turn pale, thick and creamy when it reaches the ribbon like stage? If yes, you are on the right track...and how was the texture of the finished cake?

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  49. Hi, thanks for the reply. The mixture turns creamy and thick but it does not double in volume.. The finished cake did not rise and was tough. Not spongy at all.

    Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-PIkE3m3ms. Although the narrator mentions doubling in volume during the mix, hers does not show that effect. That's my problem as well..

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  50. Hi Angie, did you separate the yolks from the whites? For the video which you have provided the link, the sponge cake is made by beating the egg yolks and whites separately. Whereas for my recipe, it is made by beating whole eggs (both yolks and whites together). So if you beat only the yolks, it will not double in volume.

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  51. Hi! I tried the sponge cake out for the first time since i started baking 2 months ago. this is the first as well. it turned out edible but sadly not the texture i wanted. i thought perhaps i should have mixed the egg+sugar slightly longer though the volume increased quite a fair bit. would like to ask - how can i fold in the flour etc to minimise air bubbles escaping? also, my cake had floury mini M&M-sized bits in it (the flour was not properly mixed i guess), how can i prevent that while folding in the flour? thanks so much! (:

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  52. Hi Cheryl, I think you didnt fold in the flour properly. You can take a look at the demo on how to go about folding in the flour. To prevent those tiny lumps, you can sieve the flour 2 to 3 times before using. Then add in the flour (sieve the flour into your mixing bowl) to the egg mixture in 3 separate additions, folding in the flour with a spatula each time. btw, did you beat the egg mixture till it becomes pale, thick and leave a ribbon-like trail when you lift up the paddle. Hope this helps.

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  53. I baked this sponge cake yday and I must say it's good enough for me. However, I may have underbaked the cake as the top is slightly sticky when the cake is cooled. But overall, it's good except that it's abit too sweet for us. Will reduce sugar slightly next time I bake this. Thanks for sharing!

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  54. Hi
    I want to try the cake for my 2yrs old daugther's birthday.
    Can I check with U, for your whipping cream ?
    WHIP TOPPING CREAM – NON DAIRY
    REDMAN
    $4.59
    Am I Correct ?

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  55. Hi Reena, try not to reduce the sugar too much, as there is no leavening used, the sugar helps to create the volume when you beat the eggs with sugar.

    Hi Anonymous, yes, I use Redman non dairy whipping cream...you just need to whisk it, make sure the whipping cream is chilled when you start. You will need about 1-1.5 cups. Pour it into a mixing bowl, and beat with an electric mixer. It will only take about 2-3 mins or so to turn to soft peak (on medium speed), continue to beat for a couple of more mins to get to stiff peak, it will be easier to use for frosting and piping. Hope this helps.
    Happy Birthday to your girl!!!

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  56. Thanks Happy HomeBaker

    Very appreciate it...
    I will try it this saturday... Hopefully success.
    Hehehe... Regards Cassey

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  57. I made this again but reduced sugar to 60g and baked for an extra 5 mins. The cake turned up almost perfect! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! Definitely a keeper!

    BTW, I've just created my own blog, may I link you please?

    Reena

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  58. Hi Reena, welcome to the blogging world :) and it will be an honour to have you link me up!

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  59. Thanks for dropping by at my blog. I'm inspired by you and wish I can bake as well as you in time to come :)

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  60. hii.. i wanna know what's cake flour and where to get it?!?! thanksssss ... awesome yummy blog !

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  61. Hi, I've been wanting to get a new sponge recipe. All these while, I've been mostly using chiffon as my base for layered cakes. They are light and fluffy but I'm wanting to get a recipe which is a little less fluffy and a little more moist. I'm not sure if I make sense!

    Anyway, I've been looking through your site and noticed you've been consistently using another sponge recipe (the 4 eggs one) and then now this one above. Was wondering how would you compare the two sponge recipes? Appreciate your feedback. Thanks!

    Jen

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  62. Hi Jen, the first sponge cake I made was the one using 4 eggs for a 8" pan. The original recipe was too sweet, and I cut down the sugar by half. Then I found this recipe using 3 eggs and for a 7" pan. I find this recipe better as 7" cake is just nice for our small family.
    As I do not have a well trained palatte, I can't really tell the difference between the two, however, I prefer the one using 3 eggs, which has got a better texture and taste better and it is slightly more moist.

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  63. Thanks for the feedback. Since this is more moist, I will try this recipe first. I will let you know once I've tried it. Cheers!

    Jen

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  64. Hi HHB,

    I manage to buy 1Litre of redman whipping cream from PH.

    But your recipe only uses 300ml. What do you use for the remaining cream ? I dont think we can keep in the fridge again right ?

    Thanks for your advise.

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  65. Hi, once the cream is opened, it has to be used up within a couple of days.Otherwuse, you can keep them in clean bottles and store them in the freezer, thaw before using.

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  66. hi there!
    i'm about to bake my first sponge cake using your recipe. i love the simplicity of it, and the photos are so convincing! i live in the u.s and am unfamiliar with using grams/weight to measure the ingredients. i was wondering if you knew the volume of the ingredients?
    thanks so much!

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  67. Hi, just like to let you know that after converting, the measurements may not be as accurate so I hope you can get a scale to measure the ingredient.
    Nevertheless, you can still check out this site for the conversion:
    (http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/cookingconversions.asp?Action=find)
    Hope this helps.

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  68. Hi HHB

    May I know how do you actually line yout baking try with parchment paper? I tried doing it but my paper tend to crumple and affects the shape of the cake as well!

    Thanks for any tip you may have.

    Cheers
    J's Mommy

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  69. Hi J's Mommy, I lined my cake pan something like this: (http://www.taste.com.au/how+to/articles/889/line+a+round+cake+pan).
    Hope this helps :)

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  70. Hey HHB,

    My cake tin is 20cm and 23cm so if i want to make this cake my cake will be quite short right. So do i need to double it? If i need to double it which cake tin should i use?

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  71. Hi Janice, actually I won't recommend that you double the portion as the change in ingredient amount may affect the outcome. Maybe you can look for other recipes that suit your cake tin? If not, you may try to double the portion and use your 23cm pan. I hope it will not have any adverse effect on the finished sponge cake.

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  72. hi HHB,
    how come sometimes you use salad oil sometimes you use butter?
    will there any difference?

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  73. Hi Anonymous, I just follow the recipe according...one of the sponge cake recipe (for 20cm cake) uses oil, whereas this one (18cm) uses melted butter. I personally prefer this sponge cake recipe.

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  74. hi hhb,
    oh ok thx

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  75. Hello, Happy Homebaker:

    I tried making the cake according to this recipe a few days ago and the cake didn't turn out as nice as yours. lol. Actually I tried it twice, the 1st time I have the same problem some people encountered, it was hard and dry. The 2nd time, although it wasn't as hard, it was still dry and crumbles very easily and it hardly burn on the top at all. (it doesn't look soft & fluffy like the picture) I was wondering if you can give me some suggestions or pointers as to what the problem might be.

    Some modification I made to the recipe are: I used powdered sugar instead of caster sugar ( I couldn't find in the grocery stores, I think in the U.S they called it super fine sugar). In addition, I also cut the baking time to 15-20 minutes because during the 2nd time, I tested the batter during that time and the chopstick came out clean.

    Any suggestions and comments you can offered would be very much appreciated. : ) Thanks!

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  76. Hi J.Li, sorry to hear about your unsuccessful attempts. I think the main reason could be the use of the powdered/icing sugar instead of caster sugar.

    You need to use caster sugar (also known as Superfine sugar) as the size of the sugar crystal affects the amount of air that can be incorporated into the batter during the beating of the sugar and the eggs. The size of the crystal will also affect how quickly the sugar will dissolve in the batter. Since you used powdered sugar, I am not sure whether you were able to beat the eggs and sugar till the batter turns pale, double/triple in volume, thick and leaves a ribbon like trail when you lift up the whisk??

    When folding the flour to the egg mixture take care not to deflate the batter. To avoid deflating the batter, you can sieve the flour 3 times before using, and before adding, sieve it over the batter (in 3 separate additions), each time folding in with a spatula. You can look up youtube for demo on how to fold in the flour, or refer to my video clip on "making a cake roll" to get some idea.

    As for the baking time, every oven works slightly differently, you can always adjust it accordingly. Just make sure you preheat the oven (use an oven thermometer to check) to the right temperature. Position your cake so that it is baked in the middle of the oven. To test whether the cake is done, the cake surface/top should be golden browned, when you press the surface lightly, it should spring back, or a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Hope this helps.

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  77. Thanks for the great tips, Homebaker! The batter did turn out somewhat like the video the 2nd time around, but I think it was because I put in some extra whisking time. I noticed you didn't use the whisk attachment in the video to make the cake roll, I'm suppose to use the whisk attachment for my electric mixer to make the sponge cake, right? I'll try it again with your suggestions in mind. Hopefully it'll come out the way it's supoose to. 3rd time's the charm, right?:)

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  78. Hi J.Li, I use a hand-held electric mixer to whisk the egg and sugar, both for sponge cake and roll cake. Do note that the folding of the flour and the other ingredients should only be done with a spatula, do not use the electric mixer as it will deflate the batter. Happy baking :)

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  79. Hi

    Am interested to bake this sponge cake but do not want to use butter. How much oil (ml) is 20g of butter equivalent to?

    Thanks
    ame

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  80. Ame, a rough estimate, you can use around 20~21ml of oil.

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  81. Hi HHB
    I tried baking this cake and found it rather tricky to fold in the flour into the batter (even in 3 separate additions). My batter shrank and the cake is really short. Am wondering if I can fold in one portion of the flour first, add melted butter and milk, then fold in the rest of the flour? This may probably make the batter less dry and easier to fold.
    Thanks
    pandanjuice

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  82. Hi pandanjuice, I am really not sure whether it will work better this way? You can try sieving the flour a few times before using, and when ready to add, sieve it over the batter, this way the flour will be lighter and easier to fold in.

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  83. Hi HBB,

    May I check how long can this cake be kept?

    Thank you,
    Reira

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  84. Reira, I usually finish this type of sponge cakes with cream within 2 days (keep in fridge, covered).

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  85. Hi, I had tried leaving the cake in the fridge for 1 day but the base of the cake turned out to be very dense and the sponge cake is no longer as fluffy as before.

    Another issue, the frosting doesn't seem to be even. Some part of the cake can still be seen. It is something to do with the leveling of the cake or not enough whip cream used?

    Save me )):

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  86. Hi, I am not sure what went wrong as I do not have problem with a dense base. You may need to use more whipping cream to frost the cake. Hope this helps :)

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  87. Hi HHB,

    I've tried this recipe twice and both times the cake didn't rise, although the second time it did better. I am wondering, is this recipe quantity for 1 layer shown in your picture, or both layers?

    Thanks!

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  88. Hi Stef, I slice this sponge cake into two layers, the same sponge cake can also be sliced into 3 layers.

    Did you beat the eggs and sugar mixture until it becomes very thick, triple in volume and leaves a ribbon-like trail when you lift up the whisk? You can take a look at my video clip here: http://happyhomebaking.blogspot.com/2008/12/matcha-adzuki-again.html

    If you have done the above correctly, then it may be due to the folding of the flour. You could have deflated the batter.

    You can take a look at professional video clips on how to make a sponge cake here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvzvmpcKi_w) which uses a hand mixer like I do, or (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI-QzZGHYZU) which uses a stand mixer. Hope this helps.

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  89. Thank you HHB! I did beat the eggs till (slightly) ribbon-stage, so it was probably not billowy enough. I noticed on both occasions that the batter deflated almost immediately after I added the melted butter (which had been cooled). Could this have been the problem?

    Thanks again!

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  90. Stef, maybe what you can do after folding in the flour, you can remove some of the batter and place it in another mixing bowl. Add in the butter into this mixing bowl and mix to combine, then add this mixture back the batter. This helps to prevent the batter from deflating too much. hope this helps.

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  91. Hi! your blog...it's so amazing...i'm like inspired @_@
    soo im going to attempt {and fail to..} make this tomorrow/sunday for mother's day...could you tell me how long this took youu..? preparation+making it+baking+cooling+decorating? cuz i have a short time span to make this...stupid SAT class...-__-'
    do you think this would be difficult for me...i've never baked an actual cake before ;_;
    (besides banana bread...that's all i can make T__T')
    if so, could you suggest an easy recipe for me? :) like most asians, my mom doesn't like really sweet things so...:$
    Sorry for typing so much !! T_T
    thank youu !!!
    -NomNomSushi

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  92. :((
    i failedd...
    the egg mixture DID double in size..but i think i folded the flour wrong...it sank a bit, so i thought EHH NOO...maybe it'll turn out okaay?
    then i take it out of the oven and its like less than an inch deep T_T i used an 8-inch pan
    waaaah~ I'll try making the chiffon cake tomorrow...hopefully i dont fail T__T *goes to corner and cries*
    -NomNomSushi

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  93. Hi NomNomSushi, I am sorry, I didnt get to check my blog until this morning. This cake recipe is for a 7" pan, so if your cake may be shorter if you used an 8" pan. You need to beat the eggs and sugar until the ribbon like stage. When folding the flour, remember to sieve the flour at least 3 times before using. When ready to add to the batter, sieve over again, add the flour in 3 separate additions. When adding the oil, do not dump it in, drizzle it all over the batter and fold in. I hope your cake will turn up well today :):) Your mother is very lucky to have a daughter like you!

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  94. It's okay ^_^
    I decorated it last minute anyway...xD i love your idea of covering up any mistakes with ladyfingers! :) I also filled it with chopped mango pieces...hopefully that will mask the cake's dryness..? XD
    yeee after finals, i'll be sure to try this again (until i get it right!) thank you so much for the tips! :) i'll get back to you after I try making it again ^^
    awwh thank you! hope your mother's day went well!
    -NomNomSushi

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  95. What will happen to the cake if i did not add in the vanilla extract and milk? Apparently i forgotten to add them in.

    Lx

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  96. Lx, the cake will be dry and may taste eggy...

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  97. I like that your recipe contain less egg.

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  98. Hi, what's the difference between this sponge cake recipe and this http://happyhomebaking.blogspot.sg/2007/06/peach-layered-sponge-cake.html sponge cake recipe?
    is there any difference between the texture of the cake?

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  99. Hi, the texture is about the same, but the peach layered sponge cake is sweeter and it is meant for 20cm(8") pan whereas this is for 18cm(7") pan.

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  100. Hi, I wanted to watch the demo video but don't know where to click when I am in there, all in Japanese , I don't understand.can help?

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  101. Hi Goody Egg, I am sorry I think the site has removed the demo video. I am not able to find it too. You can try google translate the recipe link (http://www.choco-recipe.jp/milk/recipe/136.html) to get an idea. Sorry I am of not much help.

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  102. You are a great teacher, I have been your silent reader for the past few years, I learn a lot from you. I am also amazed by your patience in answering questions ,
    you are a great blogger friend!!

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  103. Hi Goody Egg, thanks for reading my blog and thanks for your kind comments :) Love to hear from your more often!

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  104. Is it possible to double this recipe?

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  105. Hi, I have not tried doubling the recipe so I am not able to comment.

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  106. emma's mummy26/12/13 10:00 am

    Hi, Happy home baker

    I did this on Christmas Eve for a gathering, the kids love it very much!

    Thanks for your recipe!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014!

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  107. Hi emma's mummy, pleased to know that your cake has brought much joy to the kids :)
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

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