Baba's Hot Milk Sponge Cake
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- 10" tube pan
- large eggs (room temperature) if they are cold and you're in a hurry, just put them in a bowl of almost hot water while you're preparing the other ingredients.
- 2 c
- all purpose flour
- 2 c
- granulated sugar
- 1 tsp
- vanilla extract or immitation vanilla extract
- 1 tsp
- butter nut extract can use 2 of the plain vanilla extract if you can't get this kind.
- 1/2 tsp
- 2 tsp
- baking powder
- 1 c
- 2 Tbsp
- butter or margarine
1You can just grease and flour your pan or do what I do to make it so easy to release from the pan. I cut a piece of either waxed paper or pastry paper and put in on the bottom of the pan. To get it to fit, just turn the pan upside down and lay your paper over it and tear it to fit the width of the pan. While holding the paper in place over the bottom of the pan, take a sharp pointed knife and slice the hole, then use your kitchen shears to cut the outer edge around the pan.
2Grease and flour the inside of the pan with the paper in place.
3Preheat oven to 375 degrees farenheit.
4I like to have my ingredients in bowls or whatever you prefer ready to pour one after the other, so that being said...mix the flour, salt and baking powder together in one bowl but don't mix in the sugar.
5You can either heat the milk with the butter in it on your stove top in a small saucepan or in the microwave in a glass 2 cup measuring cup. Never heat anything in the microwave in plastic...toxins releases into your food. I use my microwave for about 2 minutes and 10 seconds...only until milk is hot enough to melt the butter. Do not scald the milk or again, you'll have a dry, straw textured cake.
6With electric mixer, beat the 4 eggs until a bit bubbly..about a minute. Don't overbeat or the cake will be dry and straw like in texture instead of firm and could drop after removing from oven. The reason for the room temp eggs is that they make the cake rise better if they're not cold. Remember that tip for all your baking.
7Add the sugar, mix until blended on medium speed.
8Add the vanilla or vanillas and mix well on medium speed. The butter nut is the jazz I talked about. You could just as easily use lemon or orange flavorings instead of vanilla.
9Add the flour mixture and beat well on medium speed until it makes a nice looking batter. Don't overbeat. Adding too much air during beating will make it fall later.
10Pour into your tube pan and place in center of oven. Bake 45-48 minutes. The top will be golden and your toothpick will come out clean when inserted.
11Take a long thin knife and run it around the outer edge of the pan and the inner edge by the tube. Let cake rest for about 5 minutes before inverting and removing from pan. I like the way the top looks with either powdered sugar or a chocolate glaze or frosting, so I use my oven mits so I don't get burned to removed the cake from the pan. I just invert the pan on one hand as I quickly pull the pan off the cake. While holding it in my hand, I quickly remove the paper from the bottom of the cake and put my plate on the bottom and turn the cake right side up on the plate. Then be sure to put that plate with the hot cake on a cooling rack so the bottom doesn't get gummy.