With 4 children, I didn’t always have time to bake cakes for the kids, as much as I wanted to. So I collected recipes of cakes that they really liked and that were quick to make. The sponge cake dough is great to use in a variety of ways, this one was their all time favourite. If nothing else, I put jam on the dough, rolled it up and sliced it with great glee. 😋 I’ll put together another blog post later on what other fillings you can use to fill this simple sponge cake dough.
But for now, let’s see the recipe of the world’s simplest cake. 😉
4 whole eggs
4 tablespoons cold water
8 tablespoons sugar
8 tablespoons gluten-free flour or rice flour
I used a tablespoon to measure the sugar and gluten-free flour into a separate bowl. The water must be cold.
I put the four eggs into the mixer and whisked on the highest speed until stiff. Then I added the 4 spoons of cold water. Make sure the water is really cold, otherwise the beaten eggs will collapse. I stirred a little longer to mix the water with the beaten egg.
Meanwhile, I lined a large baking pan with baking paper. I preheated the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and placed a small bowl full of water at the bottom of the oven. The humidity it produces makes the cake looser and lighter, which is often not the case for gluten-free cakes.
I added the sugar with a spoon. Note that, the water doubled the amount of batter, so I needed to add 8 spoonfuls of sugar to the beaten egg.
I turned the mixer down to the lowest setting and added the 8 spoonfuls of gluten-free flour to the heavy sugared egg whites. You can use bread flour, cake flour, rice flour, all of which make great cookie dough.
I poured the batter into the baking pan in quick movements and placed it in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Do not bake at a higher temperature as it will make the cookie dry and it will break easily.
I laid a clean tea towel on the kitchen counter and turned the hot dough out onto it.
I carefully rolled up the hot dough with the kitchen towel. I set it aside to cool until needed.
I carefully unrolled the dough from the kitchen towel before filling.
I just got a jar of jam from the pantry and spread it on the dough. I carefully rolled it up.
I cut it with a sharp knife to the desired thickness and sprinkled the top with icing sugar.