Thursday, 5 April 2012

Eggless Sponge Cake With Quark Cheese and Roasted Strawberries

Always in the first week of April, we have lots of (and I mean LOT of) craziness going over at our household as we have TWO birthdays lined up in that week. First comes my MIL's birthday and after a gap of one day comes my daughter's (Saee's) special day. Of course the whole week is consumed by preparations for Saee's special day. You all know how consuming a kid's birthday party planning can be :D. That's why on my MIL's bday we can take time off from all that buzzing craziness and enjoy a casual evening with our loved and dear ones (we are a close knit family and all our cousins and close relatives drop in to wish the special lady :D).



I made a simple egg-less sponge for the occasion and filled it with Quark Cheese (check out here for how to make quark cheese)and some roasted balsamic strawberries. The sponge came out superb and the thick quark cheese filling perfectly contrasted with the sweetness of the vanilla sponge. I did a melted chocolate swirls like lace to cover the sides. I was not perfectly happy with the outcome coz the cake looked a bit messy (not tidy) but my MIL loved it and of course it did taste good too. I just wish I could have gotten some more time to work on this cake to make it more presentable.


Eggless Vanilla Sponge Cake
Adapted from Sailu's Kitchen
(I made two sponges of 9 inches. The following recipe is for one sponge of 9 inches.)
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sieved
1 cup curd/yogurt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 tsps baking powder
1/2 cup refined oil
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:
Preheat oven to 200 C for 10 mts. Grease and flour an 8″-9″ inch baking pan.
Cream the sugar and yogurt until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add baking pwd and baking soda and combine. Leave aside for 3 minutes. You will find that bubbles appear.
Add vegetable oil and vanilla essence and combine well. Now, slowly add little flour (about a tbsp) at a time and blend with the wet ingredients.
Bake in preheated oven at 200 degree C for 10 minutes, reduce temperature to 175 and bake for 20-25 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake for 20-30 minutes and then overturn onto a plate.

Roasted Balsamic Strawberries
Adapted from Zoe Bakes
Ingredients:
450-500gms strawberries, quartered
1/2 cup vanilla sugar
1/8 cup aged balsamic vinegar

Method:
Place the strawberries in a glass baking dish.
Sprinkle over the vanilla sugar, followed by the aged balsamic vinegar. Mix gently.
Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. Allow to cool.
Drain strawberries. Put the liquid into a sauce pan, and reduce to a thick concentrate. It will thicken a bit as it cools. Chill before use.

Quark Filling
Ingredients:
400gms quark cheese (Homemade recipe here)
200ml low fat cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup roasted balsamic strawberries (Reserve 1/4 cup for topping)

Method:
I drained my homemade quark for 2 days in the fridge.
Beat the quark cheese with powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Taste and adjust sugar if required.
Whip the cream to soft peaks, and fold into the whipped quark cheese.
Add the roasted balsamic strawberries (reserving 1/4 cup for topping), and gently fold in to mix through.



How to Assemble:
Take one sponge cake and spread 2/3 of the quark cheese and strawberries filling on it. Place the other sponge on top of it and cover the top and sides with the remaining filling.
Add a lace border if you like. Top with some jellied roasted balsamic strawberries.
Finish the top and edges off with chocolate shavings etc.
Chill well before serving so that the flavours mature.



7 comments:

  1. Your cake looks wonderful! Happy Belated Birthday to your MIL! It is always great when family gets together for a birthday!
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  2. this is all made with love and it sounds delicious to me with that balsamic strawberry fillings and the cheese, how can your mil not loved it? yeah, preparing for a kid's party is time consuming and tiring, not to mention the cleaning up too! Happy day!

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  3. I love the flavour combination here - sounds delicious! I think the cake looks great and it tastes good too so im sure everyone enjoyed it :)

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  4. Hi Anuja, lovely cake and I like the combo. Your sponge cake look so soft and I like the decoration too.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  5. This is very original and how yummy using roasted strawberries.
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  7. Lovely cake & great combinations of awesome ingredients !! I love strawberry & have tried a number of bakes with it but have not tried eggless sponge cake before. I'm really amazed by how gorgeous they turned out to be! Great job & well done!! Have a lovely day! :)

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Happy baking! :)

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