Thursday, 4 September 2008

Fail-proof Sponge

My sewing circle girls were having a high tea birthday celebration for one of the girls. With lovely china, embroidered tablecloth, ribbon sandwiches, strawberries and petite fours, the birthday cake simply had to be a sponge.

As mentioned before, I really haven't got a light hand in the kitchen. But lately I have been making a special chocolate cake which uses whipped egg whites. At times it is almost sponge like and so I thought this might be the key to my success. This, as well as my Kitchen Aid. I googled 'fail proof sponge egg whites and came up with a suitable recipe.



I can now say that I can produce an acceptable sponge, not super light, maybe one day. I filled it with lemon curd (I had to use all of the egg yolks from the friands for something) and cream and 'iced' it with cream and fresh flowers.


It was all a lovely sight and such a perfect day.

12 comments:

Tracee said...

It looks wonderful! I myself am a big fan of anything lemon-filled, and not having such a light hand in the kitchen myself{ although I do love to bake}~you have inspired me to give it a try. Cheers!

sewfunky said...

looks like a whole lot of fun. :)

I want high tea for my birthday this year. I love the tea cups in the photo...

sparklygreenknickers said...

Oh, I love the idea of having a high tea, too!

What a difference the Kitchen Aid makes to whipping up egg whites. I can't do sponges, but have made a delicious alternative using whipped egg whites. Yours sounds delish with the lemon curds!

Cathy said...

everything looks beautiful Tam! Such a lovely idea - wish I had some friends who would be interested - I'll come to your next one!

Soo said...

your sponge cake looks delicious....I'm off to google fail proof sponge now!

ingrid said...

Oh it all looks so competely delicious and so pretty too!
I love the lemon curd idea, it looks and sounds scrumptious!

Eva's House said...

Yuuummy cake! I 'm sure your girls have had a good time.I love your tablecloth, is it hand embroidered?

Bronwyn said...

Love an embroidered tablecloth and love a real sponge with real cream and the lemon would be delish! I think I have those blue and white plates too. It's fun playing 'ladies'.

Louise said...

Oh I love this idea. I will wait until the children are all at school and do this mid week though. I would hate anything this pretty to be interrupted by small people. Your cake looks really light and delicious and I so love the fresh flowers on top.

Corrie said...

oh yum! hubby wanted a sponge cake just like that for his birthday but with 1 week old babies I'm afraid it was a trip to michels for our first ever cake from there....now I feel back to normal and would love to try that one now I have my kitchen aid!!!!!

looks beautiful and very yummy
Corrie:)

Annie said...

Amazing cakes - lucky craft girls. Haven't seen Little Women again = hope we didn't scare her off.

rebekka said...

That cake looks so scrumptious!!!