Timeless, classic and the true test of a great standmixer. This recipe is even better as it’s gluten free and still has that soft, sweet feather light texture we remember.
Makes 1 x 20cm cake
150g (1 cup) gluten free plain flour
1 tbspn gluten free baking powder
1/4 tspn Xanthan gum or 1/2 tspn gluten substitute*
Small pinch salt
4 large free range eggs (minimum 70g) at room temperature
3/4 cup (160g) caster sugar
4tbspn very hot water
300mls thickened cream
2tbspn gluten free sifted icing sugar
1tspn vanilla extract
1/2 cup strawberry or blackberry jam
strawberries and raspberries, for serving
gluten free icing sugar, extra, for dusting
Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced) and brush 2 x 20cm sandwich tins with melted butter. Line the base with a circle of baking paper. Place oven rack on centre shelf.
Attach the flat beater to the standmixer with the food shield. Place the flour, baking powder, gum and salt into the mixing bowl, mix on speed 2 until well combined. Remove from the bowl and set aside. Thoroughly clean the bowl.
Attach the whisk to the standmixer . Place the eggs and sugar into the clean dry mixing bowl.
Whisk on Speed 10 for 7 minutes or until mixture is very thick light and fluffy.
Reduce to Speed 1, gently add half the flour and half the water and mix 4 seconds only then add the remaining flour and water. Mix for another 3-5 seconds or until just mixed. DO NOT OVER MIX.
Quickly and gently pour the batter between the prepared tins and bake for 22 minutes, or until golden and firm. DO NOT OVER BAKE
Wait 5 minutes before running a flat bladed knife or spatula around the edge of the pan and turn cakes out onto a cooling rack.
Allow to cool completely before sandwiching layers together with whipped cream, jam and berries. Dust with extra icing sugar.
To whip cream:
Place the cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract into the clean mixing bowl. Attach the wire whisk and beat on Speed 6 for 1 ½ minutes or until medium peaks are formed.
For a wheat based version, replace Gluten free plain flour with wheat based flour and omit the Xanthan gum / gluten substitute.
Note: *Gluten substitute is available at good heath food stores under the Orgran Brand