Friday, December 17, 2010

Celebrating 100 posts with Pineapple Sponge Cake!

I was in India when my blog completed its 1 year so I couldn't make anything special and celebrate. Yesterday I posted my 100th recipe and I was so happy after posting it. I didn't want to miss celebrating this time and hence decided to bake a cake for the occasion. Pineapple Sponge Cake -- I am sure it takes everyone (who belongs to India) down a memory lane. This is one of the best cakes you get from the bakeries back in India. Whether India won a cricket match or after school/college results(of-course good results :P), a happy family moment or a mid-night birthday celebration- Pineapple Sponge Cake was everyone's choice!

This cake is so soft (I think it's evident from the name- Sponge Cake) with delicious chunks of pineapple and fluffy creamy icing. Yum! Yum!

I loved baking and decorating this cake. I think I should decorate my cakes more often so that I get to improve every time I do it. I would love to take some professional cake decorating classes and make beautiful icings and cake decorations.

I adapted the recipe of Sponge from Martha Stewart's website and made some small changes to match my taste.
Look how fluffy and spongy this is!
Here is the recipe (click here for printable version)

For Sponge Cake
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
4 eggs (separated)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

For Icing
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3.5 tbsp sugar
1 tsp imitation rum extract

For filling and decoration
Pineapple chunks (you can use fresh pineapple or use the canned ones that comes in pure pineapple juice)
I used Dole's pineapple chunks and used the juice to sprinkle the cake. Also some cherries would be nice.

Sugar water (1/2 cup sugar dissolved in 1/4 cup of water)

Preparing the Sponge Cake:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9-inch baking tray.
2. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Keep aside.
3. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or using electric hand blender) using whisk attachment, beat together the egg yolks, vanilla essence and 1/2 cup of sugar on high speed until thick and pale. The mixture will double in amount. Transfer the egg yolk mixture to a bowl and clean and wipe dry the mixer bowl and whisk attachment.
4. Now beat the egg whites with rest 1/2 of sugar at medium speed until stiff and glossy about 3-4 minutes.
5. Fold the egg yolk mixture into egg white mixture and mix lightly with the use of a spatula.
6. In three additions, add the flour mixture mixing lightly after each addition.
7. Now transfer the batter to the greased baking pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula.
8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
9. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes before transferring to the cooling rack.
10. Let it cool completely on a cooling rack.

Preparing the icing:
1. Put the bowl of your electric mixer and whisk attachment in the freezer for 5 minutes.
2. Add the heavy cream and sugar in the chilled bowl and using whisker attachment beat for high speed until it forms a soft peak. It won't take more than 2-3 minutes.

Assembling the cake:
1. Cut the cake in half horizontally using a sharp knife to make a 2 layer cake. You can also make a 3 layer if you want.
2. Now sprinkle some sugar syrup and pineapple juice on the 1st half of the cake. Spread a layer of icing and some pineapple chunks.
3. Put the second layer on the cake. Poke the cake at some places using a fork and sprinkle the sugar syrup and pineapple juice.
4. Now cover the whole cake with icing and even the top and sides with a help of a flat spatula or cake decorating spatulas.
5. Decorate as you like with cream, pineapple and cherries.
6. Chill the cake in the refrigerator.

Serve chilled!  Ehh..I think you got some icing on your upperlip....or should i say a moustache!! :D


Tes said...

Your pineapple cake looks so elegant and beautiful. It sounds simle. I wish I had some for the afternoon tea :)

Nitin Sharma said...

Kudos to my wife for baking this wonderful cake, I loved it....have had two slices since this evening and still thinking about may be one more before I sleep :)....... Gr8 job with 100 posts..Congrats! Way to go!!!

Priya said...

Wow dear, wat a beautiful looking cake, looks absolutely marvellous..Congrats for ur 100th posts, way to go..

Madhura Manoj said...

Beautiful & so tempting cake. Congrats for ur 100th post.

Paaka Shaale said...

Congrats on 100th post vaishali. The cake looks fabulous. Just Too good!!!

Veggie Hut said...

Congrats on this milestone post! Decadent lake.. Sinfully tempting! said...

Looks amazingly tasty and so moist.Congtars on your 100th post.Wishing you plenty more wonder posts .

Santosh Bangar said...


Happy Cook said...

Congragulations and the cake looks so so moist and beautiful.

Pari said...

Congrats on the century dear. The cake looks moist and soft.

swapna said...

congrats on ur 100th post....Cake looks tempting!!

divya said...

Congrats on 100th post dear. The cake looks fabulous

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

First of all, congrats on 100 posts and wow, what an amazing looking cake. I am not sure when I can bake something like this. Baking sponge cake is not that big a deal, but layering it, spreading cream in between and decorating it this nice, is kind of a dream for me :)

Roxan said...

Congrats on your 100th post! I am soon coming up on mine as well. Also... I love how you have the comment section titled "xx Expert Comments". That is so cute and hilarious!
Beautiful cake... It looks so fluffy and delicious.

Gulmohar said...

Congratulations..Great job :-) The cake looks gorgeous

Heather said...

Such a luscious cake!!

Sumi said...

perfect cake for happy it.

Chitra said...

Woow, cake looks spongy & beautiful.I shu learn decorations from u.. Congrats on ur 100th post. wish u many more to come :)

Apu said...

Congrats on the milestone - the cake looks wonderful!!

Jay said...

Hearties congratulations dear..
Cake sounds beyaond amazing..wanna taste now
Tasty appetite

Thas@Cooking with Thas said...

Congratulations! What a delectable cake to celebrate your success. Best wishes!

Smita said...

Yummy Pineapple Cake Vaishali...definitely reminds of the soft, spongy cakes from "Niligiris" bakeries in Bangalore..

Hester aka The Chef Doc said...

Oh, my dear! My heart will not stop racing! The cake is absolutely gorgeous and I'm in love with all of the ingredients! Swoon!!! I'm definitely making this cake on my upcoming Spring Break :-) Thank you so much for sharing this and belated congrats on your 100th post!

Ninjastar said...

This looks lovely! I was planning on making a pineapple cake for my birthday, but sadly I'm all out of pineapple... but I have pineapple juice. Can I make it with that?
Please please reply?

karen said...

I want to make this, but you say 9 inch baking tray- is that a round cake pan? only one? thanks- looks lucious

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