Swedish sponge cake
A lot of countries have their own versions of sponge cakes: the French and Italians have genoise sponges, the Brits a Victoria sandwich and Americans a pound cake, but Swedes have a sockerkaka, literally a sugar cake.
A sockerkaka is usually baked in an attractive mould with a hole in the middle, like a giant doughnut. Swedes like the attractive appearance but there is also method in the madness; it helps to prevent soggy bottoms! (With a large cake the centre can be soggy when the edges are cooked.) As I haven't got a Swedish sockerkaka mould I used a savarin (rum baba) mould instead. The pukka thing looks better, but it still tasted really Swedelicious!
There are various versions of sockerkaka ranging from saftig sockerkaka, (literally juice sugar cake), which uses milk and less butter, making it less crumbly, to fin sockerkaka, which is very rich and uses twice as much butter as in this recipe. I think the classic recipe below is a good compromise without being too rich or too crumbly. John Duxbury
• Stand the mould on a tray when sprinkling with breadcrumbs to catch any spilt crumbs.
• If you prefer to use a stand mixer such as a kMix or a KitchenAid, in stage 2 fit the beater and use on a low setting for about 30 second and then increase the speed to medium for about 2 minutes. Use the fold function for stage 3.
• As I am not a great cake eater, I like to serve sockerkaka as a dessert with some fresh berries, lightly whipped cream and some raspberry coulis.
|butter and breadcrumbs for mould|
|300 g||(1⅓ cups)||caster (superfine) sugar|
|2 tsp||vanilla sugar|
|160 g||(1¼ cups)||plain (all-purpose) flour|
|2 tsp||baking powder|
|75 g||(⅓ cup)||butter|
|100 ml||water (½ cup, less 1 tbsp)|
1. Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F, gas 4, fan 155°C).
2. Thoroughly grease a 1½ litre sockerkaka mould and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. (I used a 23 cm (9") savarin mould instead, which worked well.)
3. Beat the eggs and sugars with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
4. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl and then carefully fold into the mixture.
5. Melt the butter and then add the water. Bring to a boil and then add to the mixture, beating on the lowest setting until evenly mixed.
6. Pour the mixture into the mould and then bake at the bottom of the oven for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden and the mixture begins to pull away from the mould.
7. Leave to cool for 2-3 minutes and then invert on to a serving plate.
8. When completely cold remove the mould.
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