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Spongecake 2.0 and no croissants.

I have learnt my lesson. If an instruction doesn’t seem to make sense, there is a good chance it is not making sense. Earlier today, I try to make some croissants, try being the operative word. The entire thing did not even make it to the mixing. By some weird chance, I read the instructions wrongly, mixing up 50g of yeast instead of the 7g needed. I thought 50g is a bit excessive but decided to go through instead of re-reading the instructions. Ended up having to pour away the milk and sugar. At least it is only the three ingredients. So, next time, I am going to read the instructions at least twice before starting. Sigh. And I was so looking forward to croissants.

Anyways, giving up croissants for the time being, I went back to experimenting with the spongecake. I double everything and beat the egg whites to death. Still doesn’t rise very well. Too dense to be called a spongecake, though it will make a great cake. I quartered the sugar. Seriously, is it our family or does people actually eat that much sugar everyday? Every recipe I used I halved the sugar to make it edible for my family which comprised of two diabetics and two not so sugar-happy young people.

Right now, I have a chocolate cake in the oven. Hopefully it will turn out well. My springform pan isn’t very good and tend to leak batter. So, instead of the full 250ml boiling water recommended in the recipe, I poured in only about two thirds so as not to make the mixture too runny. Smells divine. I know, cliche, but it does! Smells divine, that is. I am waiting to try my chocolate cake. There are comments saying that the cooking time is not enough. Maybe I need to add more time? Hmm….

By the way, my mom suggested that the reason for the not very well rising spongecake may lie in not beating sugar and eggs well enough. I think I will retry the spongecake again tomorrow incorporating my mother’s suggestions. Maybe even having her standing by me to supervise? Great idea, if I say so myself.

Till tomorrow then.


Ok, update on the chocolate cake. It cooked within the time range prescribed, so it is probably oven problems. Anyway, as could be seen below, the cake has spectacularly exploded. I haven’t had a taste yet, but it smells and looks nice. So there is hope for this cake. Cheers!

The cake EXPLODED!
The cake EXPLODED!

Update on the French Baguettes and Spongecake

So I forgot to take pictures of the final products again. Anyway, on with the updates.

French Baguettes failed. They are too salty and yeasty. I will probably have to modify it to make it palatable. Somehow, the baguettes did not really rise that well. Yeast problem or temperature problem? It is slightly windy today and the cloth I used to cover the dough was doused in cold water. Maybe I will try with warm water next time.

The spongecake is more cake than sponge. For some reason it just did not fluffed up as expected. Maybe it is the eggs. I beat them quite well but maybe not well enough? Or it may be that I over-mix the dough. Either way, the dough created is just enough to cover my pan and resulted in an almost burnt, slightly dense spongecake. It does have the chocolate taste I hoped for. Tomorrow I will try a double batch and see whether it will turn out better. Even if it is not fluffed, it is still quite a nice cake. With a bit of decorations, it can be a great chocolate cake.

Besides spongecake, I am going to try my hand at croissants tomorrow. Ambitious, as my friend told me. A challenge with hopes of success I called it. Till tomorrow then, dear friends.

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