Genoise or Genoese cake or Genovese cake is an Italian sponge cake named after the city of Genoa and associated with italian and french cuisine. This rich, delicate cake forms the basis for many filled, frosted, and glazed cakes.
In a Genoise cake, instead of using chemical leaving, air is suspended in the batter through mixing to give volume to the cake. Genoise cake calls for no butter or very little amount of melted butter and hence this cake is perfect to be refrigerated as well and it doesn’t harden when refrigerated.
A simple cake is always hard to make. Getting the perfect texture is harder. Every time the cake comes out perfectly my heart can’t stop dancing. Today i am sharing a fool proof recipe for Genoise and how i have used it to make a layered cake for my Sister-in-laws birthday.
To make a two layered 8″cake you will need
6 no – Eggs , Room temperature
60 ml – Milk
80 gms – Unsalted Butter
180 gms – Granulated sugar
180 gms – All purpose flour
2 tbsp – Water, room temperature
1 tsp of – Vanilla Extract
Grease and line an 8″ pan with parchment paper.
Sieve flour for 5 times atleast. This process helps incorporate air into the flour, which in turn helps make the cake light and airy.
In a saucepan melt the butter with milk.
Pre heat the oven to 170ºC.
Take water in a wide mouthed vessel and boil the water.
Take eggs and sugar in a glass bowl. Place this bowl on the vessel with boiling water.
Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the glass bowl.
Using a electric beater, beat the eggs till the sugar dissolves and the egg mixture is warm to touch. Around 60ºC. This process keeping a pan of hot water in which a cooking container is placed for slow cooking is called Bain Marie .
Now take the glass bowl away from heat and start beating it for further 5 minutes on high speed. I whisk it using KitchenAid Stand Mixer on speed 6.
In the meantime place the saucepan with butter in the Bain Marie water to keep it warm.
You will see that the egg quantity has doubled. Now turn the speed to low (speed 2 on stand mixer) and whisk for further 3 minutes.
Add 2 tbsp of water and vanilla extract and give it a quick whisk. Adding water helps mix the flour evenly.
Now add flour to the egg mixture and using a metal spoon fold it. Make sure you mix it well from the bottom.
Fold it 25 times to be precise.
Now add the melted butter and milk mixture and fold it for 15 times making sure it is mixed well.
Pour the batter into the pan. Now drop the pan on the platform from 1/2 ft hight. Yes, you heard me right. Drop it for a couple of times. This will make sure there are not air bubbles trapped in the batter.
Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes in the pre heated oven or till the top is nice and gold and the skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Take it out and let the cake sit in the pan for 5 minutes.
Take the cake out and let it cool completely on a cooling rack.
Once cooled you can slice it or wrap it in an aluminium foil and leave it out for a day or two or refrigerate. When sliced the texture should be like a sponge and the cake should be soft and delicate. OH !! just as is, the cake is perfect to have. It just melts in the mouth.
Now that i have given you the recipe, i will just briefly explain how you could make a layered cake.
For layering Ingredients
2 slices of – 8″ genoise cake (preferable the flavour that you would like the cake to be. I have used Mango extract instead of Vanilla)
1/2 ltr – Whipping Cream
250 gms – Mango Preserves
5 tbsp – Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup – Icing Sugar
White chocolate shavings for top
To make the soaking syrup, boil the mango preserve, granulated sugar along with 1/2 cup of water.
Whip the whipping cream along with icing sugar till stiff peaks form.
Place the slice on a cake stand and using a brush soak the cake with mango syrup well. let the cake soak it well. Repeat the process once more. Let the cake soak the syrup again well.
Spoon some whipped cream on the slice and spread it evenly using a spatula.
Place the second slice on top. Soak this slice again like the first one.
Now spoon the whipping cream on top and start spreading it evenly on top. once the top is covered well, cover the sides with the cream. (There are loads of videos on how to ice a cake with whipping cream on Youtube. )
Finish the icing the way you like. I am not an expert in sharp edges nor do i like it. I like keeping it casual and hence i do not put in too much effort finishing it neatly :)
Top it with some white chocolate shavings and refrigerate till you have to cut it.
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