Sponge cake

Sponge cake

This easy sponge cake recipe is delicious and quick to make. This is the base cake for all the layered cream cakes you use for birthdays and other occasions. You can cut this cake and fill with butter frosting, whipping cream, fruits, etc. Soaking with sugar syrup makes the cake extra moist.

What I love most of this cake is that we can readily prepare with the staple ingredients found in our kitchen. Also, there is no too much of effort or task in this other than the proper whisking. It usually takes less than 1 hour to prepare the whole cake.

The secret to a spongy cake is in the beating of powdered sugar and butter. I had added 1/4 teaspoon pineapple essence additionally which provides a good smell and taste to this cake. Sift all the dry ingredients properly to make the cake light and airy.

This is an excellent recipe of cake for all the beginners who are getting ready to bake. This is a no fail recipe of cake, if you follow each steps correctly. The temperature of each oven differs. So you can confirm it by inserting a toothpick at the centre and check if it comes out clean.

Try out this soft and fluffy recipe of sponge cake at home using all the below mentioned ingredients and tantalize your taste buds !

Ingredients :

  • All purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup
  • Eggs – 3
  • Butter or Refined oil – 1/4 cup
  • Milk – 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon
  • Pineapple essence – 1/4 teaspoon

Method of preparation :

  • Take 3 eggs and separate the egg yolk and egg whites into 2 separate mixing bowls
  • Sieve together all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and keep it aside (dry ingredients)
  • Whisk the egg white, using a hand mixer or egg beater until foamy
  • Once the egg white changes the colour to milky white, add 3 tablespoon of powdered sugar and whisk till it becomes stiff and forms a glossy peak
  • Now take the egg yolk and whisk it
  • Add vanilla essence to the egg yolk
  • Then add remaining powdered sugar and whisk properly
  • Now add oil (or butter) followed by milk and pineapple essence
  • Whisk until smooth and then add all purpose flour to this batter
  • Mix this dry ingredients using a spatula
  • Finally add the egg white and mix evenly
  • Cake batter is ready
  • You can transfer the batter to a 7″ mould pan
  • Preheat the oven and bake the cake for 35 minutes at 175°c or until a tooth pick inserted in the centre comes out clean
  • Allow the cake to cool, then cut into desired shapes and serve.
Soft sponge cake

Grilled Fish

Grilled fish tastes excellent. In grilling the food to be prepared is placed on a grill (barbecue grill) and is cooked by radiating heat.

We need to marinate fish before grilling. The  fish can be steeped with a rich-tasting “marinade”. This marinade can give an aromatic and flavourful coating to the fish.

White fishes are excellent for grilling. The commonly used fishes are sea bass, halibut, mahi-mahi, escolar, wild cod, etc. Whole fillet or larger pieces of fishes can be used for grilling.

In this recipe, a flavourful paste is prepared and the fish is completely coated with this paste. After coating, the marinated fish is allowed to rest for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, you can preheat the oven and grill the fish.

Oven grilled fish

Ingredients:

  • Fish – 1 medium size
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Shallots – 6
  • Curry leaves – 1 sprig
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Kashmiri chilli powder- 1.5 teaspoon
  • Pepper powder- 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon (adjust as per your taste)
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon

Method of preparation:

  • Wash and clean the fish thoroughly, by putting cuts on it
  • Using a mixer, grind the shallots and curry leaves
  • Take a bowl and then add turmeric powder, kashmiri chilli powder and pepper powder
  • Add ginger garlic paste and grinded shallot paste
  • Add salt and lemon juice also
  • Now, apply this prepared masala over the fish
  • Make sure that the masala is applied inside the cuts and both sides of the fish evenly
  • Marinate the fish and allow it to rest for half hour
  • Brush oil on both sides of the fish and oven plate inorder to avoid sticking of fish
  • Preheat the oven for 10 minutes and then grill the fish for 30 minutes
  • Grill on both sides, until the fish becomes golden brown in colour
  • Garnish the fish using parsley leaves, onion, etc
  • Squeeze a lemon on the top of fish, if you like a tangy taste
  • You can also add your favourite vegetables into the oven pan for grilling along with the fish.