On Oct 29th, I hosted a Pink Party in my house to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Research. The biggest success of the night was actually a Cake! I made a rosewater sponge with a royal icing and pomegranate topping. Friends and family have been on to me constantly to put up the recipe so here it is!
Cooking takes approx. 20 mins
- 3 eggs, separated
- 90 ml water
- 225 g caster sugar
- 140 g cream flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp of rosewater
- liquid food colouring
- packet of royal icing sugar
- 1 tsp of water
- 1 pomegranate
2x sandwich tins
Step by step
Heat oven to 180 (160 if fan)
Beat the egg yolks and sugar for two minutes, then add the water and beat for approx. 10mins or until the mixture is firm and creamy. Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold in gently with a metal spoon or spatula. Make a figure of 8 when you stir. If you over mix it you will get a flat dry sponge.
In a separate bowl – which must be spotlessly clean – beat the egg whites until they just hold stiff peaks. Fold it into the cake mixture gently, again using a metal spoon or spatula. Add the rosewater now while you fold. Now this is where I add a little food colouring. On the night of the party I made a mistake, by rights you should only add liquid colouring with a toothpick a little at a time but I spilled mine into the bowl by mistake so it must have been half a tsp that went in. I don’t know if it affected the taste. I’ll find out next time!
Divide the mixture between the two tins and bake for 20mins or until the sponges are just set in the centre. Remove from their tins and leave to cool on a wire rack. The sponges will be quite puffy and sticky, so handle with care!
Now make up your icing, I cheat and use a packet of royal icing sugar I buy from tescos, just pop it in a clean bowl add 4 tbsp of water and mix with your hand whisk. It should be fluffy and thick for spreading.
Once they are cool you can add your icing, I always put jam over my sponge before I ice them. Habit more then anything. So spread jam over one of your sponge layers then top with fresh fruit ( raspberries, cherries, strawberries go well with the rosewater)
Spread some icing on your other layer of sponge and sandwich them together, now ice all over your cake, don’t worry about design. Taste is more important to me. Once its well covered, sprinkle on some pomegranate seeds for extra yummy crunch.
All thats left to do is devour, I may rename this cake “The Silencer” as my Cousin Yvonne was so busy eating she let her husband Alan talk for the first time in years… Please shut him back up now xxx