I made a passionfruit sponge cake for afternoon tea today. Our visitors couldn't come at the last minute, so I invited the neighbors over - 'to help us eat it' :)
I sandwiched the two halves together with lashings of cream and passionfruit. And on top, I poured over a thin passionfruit icing. It was very indulgent, and now I won't need to eat any dinner! What is your favourite cake to serve guests?
*I have had a few requests for the recipe, so here it is:
Passionfruit Cream Sponge Cake
*4 medium sized eggs (at room temperature)
* 1 cup plain flour
*1 rounded tsp baking powder
* 1 rounded tsp butter
*4 tbsp water
* 1 cup sugar
* 300ml (10 0unces) cream
*1 tspn vanilla essence
*2 tblspns icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
* icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
*1 tbsp butter
Separate the eggs and beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the sugar gradually, beating all the time. Once the sugar is dissolved (about 8 minutes beating with an electric beater) add the egg yolks slowly. Sift the dry ingredients together at least three times, then sift them into the egg mixture and fold it carefully by hand. Heat the butter and water on the stove until it comes to the boil (I did it in the microwave in a pyrex jug and let it cool a little) then add it to the sponge mixture and fold in thoroughly.
Put the mixture in two 20 cm (7 1/2 inch) greased and floured sandwich tins. (I also had a circle of baking paper in the tins as well). Bake in a moderate oven pre-heated to 180 oC (356 oF) for 15 mins or until cake springs back when touched.
When they have cooled, join the cakes together with the whipped cream: Beat cream, vanilla and icing sugar till firm. Spread on one sponge cake. Scoop out passionfruit and drizzle over cream layer. Place the second sponge cake on top.
Make a thin passionfruit icing: mix the butter and a small amount of icing sugar together first. Then add the passionfruit and more icing sugar to make a thin icing. Pour over cake.