Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sponge Cake with Mango Mousse Filling

I think this cake ended up being 6 inches tall! It was truly statuesque. The sponge cake recipe from the Joy of Cooking is a staple in my recipe repertoire. It's great on its own but it is also versatile as it complements any filling.

I took my inspiration for the mango mousse filling from those Asian bakery-style cakes with mango or strawberry mousse fillings. The sponge cake wasn't quite as light as Asian cakes but the mousse was excellent. I highly recommend using canned mango puree/pulp (in the ethnic foods aisle, indian food section) as it is usually sweetened already so you don't have to worry about adding any extra sugar to the mousse. This stuff is so good. You can use the extra mango pulp for smoothies, ice cream, milkshakes or in my favorites: Mango Cheesecake.

Have your egg whites at room temperature before starting this cake, the secret to perfect sponge cake is to beat your egg yolks until very thick and lemon-coloured.

Never-Fail Sponge Cake
Makes 2 - 9" rounds | Adapted from JOY

6 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/3 cup room temperature water
1-2 tablespoons lemon or orange zest (optional)
6 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Set oven rack to middle position. Line the bottoms of two 9" round pans with parchment. (I wanted a taller cake so I used two 7" pans and had some leftover batter for a cupcakes) Leave sides ungreased.

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl beat egg yolks until thick and lemon coloured (the egg yolks must be thick - beating time should take about 5 minutes or more). Add in sugar, vanilla and lemon juice; beat until thoroughly blended and no sugar granules remain (about 5 minutes).
Add in sifted flour mixture alternately with water; beat until just blended.

3. In a large bowl beat room temperature egg whites with cream of tartar until quite stiff; gently fold into the flour mixture. Transfer to the ungreased pans. Bake for 25-35 minutes. Cool completely in the pans upside down on cooling rack before removing.

Mango Mousse Filling
approx 3 cups

1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 cup mango puree (I use canned puree)
Sugar to taste (if mango puree is not sweetened)
1 tbsp gelatin powder
2-3 tbsp hot water

1. Dissolve the gelatin powder in hot water. Add more water as needed but try not to water it down too much. Add liquified gelatin to the mango puree and mix well.
2. With very cold beaters and bowl, whip the cream to soft peaks. Strain mango-gelatin mixture and add to the whipped cream. If there are large chunks of gelatin left in the strainer put them in a bowl and microwave just enough to melt. Add to the bowl and continue to beat to a mousse consistency.
3. Use to fill the cake or transfer to pretty serving dishes. Refrigerate.


Daydreams of Baking said...

That mango mousse looks divine! I totally want to make it now! Yum!

Holly said...

Oh boy does this look delish!!! I may just have to make it, I love mango:)

Heather said...

How fabulous! I have quite a few cans of mango mousse - this is going to be one of my first spring cakes.

Tia said...

@daydreams - thanks for your comment!

@holly - If you love mango you will ADORE this mousse. I think I might whip up a batch of just the mousse.

@heather - wow, your comment made me realize that spring is just around the corner. time flies!

Megan @ FeastingonArt said...

This looks so good! I love cakes made with fruit. My partner's mother especially like mango so I will have to make this as a surprise for her.

MaryMoh said...

I can imagine how delicious this cake is! I love the mango mousse....yum

Carolyn Jung said...

That's a mile-high cake! Wow, so statuesque and eye-catching. And I love mango cakes.

Rachel said...

yumm! I'm sure this filling is tasty indeed!

Cupcake Treats London said...

Oooh I wouldn’t mind a very large slice of that :-). Thanks for a brilliant blog.

mike said...

Wow! Just looking at the pictures made me really crave for sponge cakes! Thank you for sharing your recipes, as I will surely try this out this weekend. It loos great if paired with hot cup of coffee made from one of my automatic coffee makers Kudos!

Anonymous said...

Definitely going to make one of those on monday. Have a lazy dog day off coming up. What kind of icing did you use for the cake?

Anonymous said...

What kind of icing did you use? This looks gorgeous!

Tia the Baker said...

anonymous - I used a stabilized whipped cream frosting slightly sweetened. It had a very subtle flavor. Not overpowering.

Steven Finn said...

Awesome web journal you have here. You'll find me taking a gander at your stuff regularly. Spared! mango cheese cake

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