Savoy Cake

Summary

Yield
Servings
SourceAdapted from: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/
Prep time1 1⁄2 hours
RegionFrance

Description

Savoy CakeThis beautiful, light sponge cake works well in a fancy mold, and it accompanies berries, preserves, or chocolate sauce wonderfully. Unlike the similar Genoise Butter Cake, this one uses no butter.

Ingredients

6eaEgg Whites
6eaegg yolks
1 1⁄2cPowdered Sugar
2ozBoiling Water
1 1⁄2tVanilla extract
1⁄2tSalt
1⁄4tCream of Tartar
1cCake Flour

Instructions

  1. Butter a 10-inch fancy bundt pan and dust the inside with powdered sugar, then tap out any excess.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300ºF (150ºC.)
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the egg yolks with the sugar. Whip the yolks on high speed until thick and lightened in color. With the mixer running on high speed, dribble in the very hot water, a few teaspoons at a time, then add the vanilla. Continue whipping until the mixture has rethickened and resembles soft pudding, holding its shape when you lift the whip.
  4. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites with the salt and cream of tartar until they hold stiff peaks.
  5. Put the cake flour in a mesh strainer or sifter, and sprinkle the flour over the yolks, folding it into the yolks gradually as you sift.
  6. Fold in one-third of the beaten egg whites until fully incorporated. Then fold in the remaining egg whites.
  7. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, with perhaps just a few crumbs attached.
  8. Turn out immediately and cool on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar. Do not cut until it is completely cool.

Notes

I made this for Annette's Genoese Birthday, 2015. If this gets old (unlikely!) it gets dry. You can make it a Tipsy Cake by moistening it with brandy, rum, or a cordial.
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