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Monday, 12 September 2016

How To Make Super Soft and Fluffy Chinese Bakery & Japanese Strawberry Shortcake | 草莓奶油蛋糕 | 海绵蛋糕製法




This Japanese strawberry shortcake is an absolute perfect way to  celebrate any special occasion. Red and White cakes are popular in Japan. of course you can find them at most Chinese bakeries here. Simply want to surprise yourself? You can now bake it, as you will soon be able to enjoy freshly baked treats straight from your own at comfort home.

Ingredients

Egg yolks:
(A)
• 3 egg yolks
• 2 tbsp sugar
• 4 tbsp corn oil
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 4 tbsp milk
• 1 tbsp milk powder
• 6 tbsp cake flour

Egg whites:
(B)
• 3 egg whites
• 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
• 4 tbsp sugar

For the cream:
(C)
• 284ml double cream
• 1 tsp vanilla extract

Filling:
(D)
• sliced strawberries

Topping:
(E)
• fresh strawberries

Method:
1) In a bowl, mix (A) egg yolks, sugar, corn oil, vanilla extract, milk and milk powder. Sift in the cake flour and whisk until smooth.

2) In a separate bowl, whisk (B) egg whites and add cream of tartar and sugar a bit at a time until to a thick and stiff peak stage, about 3 minutes.

3) Folding cake batter into a whites, and mix until incorporated.

4) Pour the mixture into the 32cm x 27cm prepared tin with baking parchment and use a spatula to smooth it evenly into the corners.

5) Use a large baking pan for a hot water bath and Preheat the oven to 160°C and Bake for 35 minutes.

6) Once cooked, leave to cool at least 15 minutes, and remove from the oven.

7) In the meantime, whip the (C) double cream until it is just thick enough to hold its shape and add vanilla extract for a little extra flavor. Refrigerate until ready to use.

8) Once the cake is cool, remove the lining. Cut the cake in half.

9) Use a sharp knife to cut the strawberry and slice. Arrange strawberry slices in a single layer over cream and place second cake layer. Refrigerate it.

10) Take the cake out from the refrigerator and cut side down, pressing gently to secure it. Spread with a palette Knife over the sides of the cake, and around the top of the cake. Refrigerate the cake, as well as the cream until firm, at least 10 minutes. Spread remaining whipped cream on cake top and decorate with fresh strawberries. Return cake to the refrigerator until cream on cake is set, about 15 minutes.

11) Transfer the cake to a plate for serving. Any leftover cake can be covered and kept in the fridge for 2 days.

Helpful Tips:
1) It's fine to use cold eggs for baking, or you still can use room temperature eggs. The temperature of eggs will affects the baking time, and cold eggs will take longer to bake.
2) Chill the bowl and whisk in the freezer before whisk the egg whites and making whipped cream.
3) Do not over or under-beat the egg whites.
4) Whipping cream doesn’t whip up as thickly as double cream.
5) Cutting off the crusty edge from the sides.
6) Do not bake the cake quickly at a high temperature and don't remove hot cake out of a baking pan. otherwise the cake could crack on top.
7) Fold the batter into a egg whites. Cut the egg whites into the mixture. Don't stir and never use an electric mixer for this.
8) Beating egg whites is a very important process, It will help your cakes rise with perfectly.
9) Cover with foil after a few minutes if the cake of top starts to get brown and continue rising nicely with a golden top.
10) Please understand that everyone's oven work differently.
You should also check the temperature of your oven. if not, your cake won't rise well.
11) You must refrigerate a cream cake while you spreads a layer of cream, and it doesn't melt or weep as quickly. 

Recipe Source: JosephineRecipes.Co.Uk