Traditional Castella Cake

Traditional Castella Cake:

The Traditional Castella Cake, originating from Japan but with roots tracing back to Portuguese influence, is a marvel of simplicity and taste. With a history dating back centuries, this iconic cake has stood the test of time, enchanting generations with its fluffy texture and delicate sweetness.

Crafted from just a handful of humble ingredients – flour, eggs, sugar, and honey – the Castella Cake embodies the essence of simplicity in baking. Yet, within its unassuming exterior lies a world of flavor waiting to be discovered. The batter, meticulously prepared and lovingly mixed, transforms in the heat of the oven, giving rise to a cake that is both light as air and rich in taste.

As the aroma of baking fills the kitchen, anticipation builds for the moment when the cake will emerge, golden-brown and inviting, from its time in the oven. Once cooled, the cake is sliced into thick, indulgent pieces, each one a testament to the skill and craftsmanship that went into its creation.

With its soft, sponge-like texture and subtle sweetness, the Traditional Castella Cake is a delight for the senses. With every bite, you experience a symphony of flavors – the comforting warmth of freshly baked cake, the subtle sweetness of honey, and the rich, eggy goodness that lingers on the palate.

Perfect for any occasion, whether as a simple indulgence with a cup of tea or as the centerpiece of a celebratory feast, the Castella Cake holds a special place in the hearts of those who have had the pleasure of tasting it. More than just a cake, it is a symbol of tradition, a reminder of the simple pleasures that bring joy to life.

Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

150g or 3/4 cup granulated sugar
6 large eggs
150g or 3/4 cup bread flour, sifted
2 tablespoons honey mixed with 2 tablespoons warm water

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy.

3. Gradually add the sifted bread flour to the egg mixture, gently folding to keep the air in.

4. Mix the honey and warm water, then fold into the batter until just combined.

5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

6. Place the pan into the oven and bake for about 35 minutes, or until the top is golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean.

7. Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

8. Slice and serve as desired.

Variations & Tips

For a little twist on the traditional recipe, you can add a hint of citrus zest (like lemon or orange) to the batter for a fresh, zesty flavor. Another popular variation in Japan is to include matcha powder, giving the cake a distinctive green tea flavor that’s both sophisticated and refreshing.

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