I am practicing baking to prepare for my beloved Ben’s birthday next month! I have always baked cupcakes only as I never had the courage to bake whole cakes until recently when i got a huge boost in confidence in many of my bakes! I can’t believe i can do it now! This is my very first time frosting a cake. It’s ugly but i am really encouraged! It’s like an achievement unlocked for me! This is my very first time frosting a cake, and layering one as well. Enough so for me to want to invest in a turntable which would make frosting alot easier.
I chose to bake Ogura (cotton) cakes instead of good old boring sponge as the texture is just simply a winner. It’s moist and extremely smooth, fine and soft. Like cotton! The method of baking is very similar to chiffon with the addition of an extra egg. I had so much practice with chiffon cakes now that i succeeded on my first try of Ogura, YAY! This opens up heaps of possibilities for me, chocolate, cheese, fruits, anything i want!
Recipe from Ogura Queen Jeannietay.wordpress.com
- 20g corn oil
- 20g salted butter
- 3 egg yolks (65g eggs)
- 1 whole egg
- 50g cake flour
- 50g whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 egg whites
- 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
- 40g caster sugar
- Melt butter and corn oil over low heat in a saucepan.
- Immediately pour butter and oil into sifted flour. Mix until you get a smooth paste.
- Mix egg yolks, 1 egg, milk and vanilla together. Pour into flour paste mixture. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.
- Whisk egg whites until foamy. Add in cream of tartar followed by sugar, a spoonful at a time. Whisk until glossy firm peaks.
- Fold meringue gently into yolk mixture, 1/3 at a time. Fully incorporate the batter before adding the next batch.
- Knock mixing bowl on counter to rid of air pockets.
- Grease and line bottom of a 6″ round aluminum tin. Do not grease or line the sides.
- Slowly pour batter into the tin
- Bake in a water bath in a preheated oven at 150degs for 50 – 55mins.
- Remove from oven and invert onto a wire rack, lined with cling wrap.
- Cool slightly, unmould and invert back onto wire rack. Cool completely.