This cake reminds me very much of one my grandma used to make. It was usually during summer, we’d eat it in the garden, where an old pine table and benches were. Granny would put the cake in the middle, with random colourful glasses filled with summer fruit juice (she would make the juice herself too) around it. That was probably one of not too many moments my cousins and I were quietly sitting for a while. Eating soft spongy cake, an afternoon in Grandma’s garden, laughter – it’s the power of a simple cake to remind me about those happy, carefree times.
(this recipe comes from Moje Wypieki (PL))
- 1 1/2 cup plain flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 1/2 cup sunflower or coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 500g strawberries (or any other fruit)
- icing sugar to sprinkle on top (optional)
In a small bowl, sift together flour and baking soda, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Slowly add sugar (spoon by spoon), egg yolks and mix until combined. Pour in the oil and vanilla essence, mix well. Gradually sift flour mixture over egg mixture, do not mix – carefully fold in until just combined.
Line a base of round 23cm springform pan with baking paper. Pour the batter into the pan and put the strawberries on top (you can press them gently into the batter).
Bake in 175ºC for about 55 minutes. Test with a skewer or a toothpick. Let it cool completely and enjoy 🙂