The largest FAQ I find about Pesach is how to bake a sponge cake and still have it come out whole, pretty and tasty. This is why I've shared the Chocolate Sponge Cake with you. It's the very first baked item that my girls and I make each year and we make quite a few of them over the course of the one week holidy of Pesach. Delicious, light and fun every time.And this is one of the many recipes I get a lot of positive feedback about -- because it does work.
- 8 eggs -
- 1 & 1/4 cups sugar -
- 5 tablespoons cocoa -
- 2 & 1/2 tablespoons potato starch -
Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C.
1. Prepare a large 10" tube pan. Although most sponge cakes say not to grease the pan, I do grease it very lightly. Then dust it lightly with a bit of cocoa, shaking off the excess. Set aside.
2. Separate the eggs, putting the yolks into one bowl and the whites into another bowl. Beat the whites until they are nearly stiff. Then add in half the sugar while continuing to beat the whites. Turn off the beaters and set the whites aside.
3. Beat the yolks until they are thick. Add the remaining sugar, and beat them until they are creamy. Add in the cocoa and potato starch and beat just another minute or two until they are incorporated. Turn off the beaters.
4. Fold both mixtures together using a rubber spatula. While folding, if the batter seems too liquidy, you may add in a bit more potato starch. Pour this into the prepared tube pan.
5. Bake for 50–75 minutes, checking to make sure it does not burn. When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and place on a wire rack. Leave it for 15 minutes. I like to let it rest on its side, not upside down, while cooling. Then prepare a large piece of foil, lined with one or two paper towels on it.
6. After the cake has cooled, slide a long, sharp knife around its edges, as well as around the innermost edges. Carefully flip the cake pan over onto the prepared foil. Remove the pan. Leave the cake to sit until it has cooled more, then wrap it up gently and freeze until the day of use.
These recipes are excerpted with permission from the best-selling cookbook by author Tamar Ansh: "Pesach – Anything's Possible!", a gluten free, yeast free, non gebrochs Pesach cookbook that is now available once again in stores near you world-wide this Pesach season or online at www.aTasteofchallah.com