Kenyan sponge cake

My affinity towards African bakes continues further with this recipe. It also re-validates my belief that good bakes need not be laden with fats and dairy products. 

This cake is made practically with 3 ingredients - but the tinee winee fourth ingredient is what makes the difference.

I stumbled upon this recipe here which I referred along with a few other videos before I made my own version.

This cake is mind you eggy, as there is no other leavening agent hence the role of cardamom is key. But the egginess settles after the cake cools down. This is a tea time cake but you may also dust it with some icing sugar or combine with a mango based icing.

The cakes sponginess leads me to believe that this will be a great cake for stacking up some carved cakes. I have a cross section view to show how much air is captured despite the attempt to release it before baking. The cake was still a lot sturdier than expected and also could hold it self well without crumbling down.

About the taste, it is slightly dry compared to the regular sponge cakes clearly asking for some butter but if you are having it with a cup of tea or coffee there is not much you would miss. 

1/4  cup All Purpose Flour
1 egg
6 tspn sugar
1 tspn cardamom powder

1) Mix the egg with sugar and beat using an electric whisk if possible
2) Add the flour mixture and gently mix it using a spatula until you get a smooth batter
3) Add the cardamom powder
4) Bake in a 4 inch greased cake tin for 15 min in preheated oven at 180c. Do not overbake as it may turn dry.

Let it cool down and serve


Sowmya :) said…
That looks so simple but so delicious! Love the cardamom flavour in anything and it should be heavenly on a cake!!
The cake looks spongy , no baking powder ? No butter ? Interesting , so this. Is supported with just one egg.
Harini R said…
That looks super fluffy and it is a good find from Kenya!
Priya Suresh said…
No leavening agent, no butter. Wow this cake sounds awesome. Looks fabulous.
Srividhya said…
no baking powder kya? Wow.. But love the cardamom inclusion. Got to try this. :-) Yumm
Unknown said…
i am trying this cake this week itself. No butter, no yeast, no baking powder WOW!!
Pavani said…
That is such a simple and easy to make cake. Never tried a cake recipe with just 1 egg and no other leavener. Very interesting recipe.
The cake looks awesome even with minimal ingredients and no leavening agents.

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