Here is the family gateau recipe that we often have for desert on birthdays. I sometimes adapt the plain recipe to make a chocolate as I did here for Josh’s birthday.
2oz Plain (all purpose) Flour and 2oz Cornflour (cornstarch)
(For the chocolate version use just 1 1/2 oz of plain flour, 1 1/2 oz of cornflour and 1 oz of cocoa powder.)
1 tsp Baking Powder
4 oz Caster Sugar
Fruit of your choice
Jam or icing sugar (optional)
1 pint Whipping Cream
Important – First prepare all ingredients so that there is no waiting between stages, eg; separate eggs and whisk egg yolks with a fork to break up, put sugar in a bowl ready, sift flours, baking powder and cocoa together if using.
Prepare 2 x 8″ round sandwich tins and heat oven to Gas Mk 6 (200C or 400F, moderately hot)
- Whisk egg whites until peaks can be made and remain.
- Whisk in the sugar.
- Add yolks quickly but gently,folding them in with a metal spoon.
- Immediately fold in the flours, baking powder and cocoa if using,still using a metal spoon.
- Divide the mixture between the two tins and bake on the middle shelf for approx 15 minutes. Do not open the oven door before 10 minutes of cooking time, then you need to keep an eye that it doesn’t catch. The cake is cooked when you press and release a finger gently in the centre of the sponge and the cake springs back.
- Leave to cool in the tin for 2 mins before turning out to cool on a wire rack.
- Cut each cake in half horizontally and fill each layer with cream and fruit. I either add a little jam or else whizz up some of the fruit with some icing (confectioners) sugar to add to each layer too.
It really is an easy recipe and there is no fat in it and it has fruit so it must be good for you 😉