Sunday, August 3, 2014

Golden Sponge Cake (千叶黄金蛋糕)

This recipe is a keeper!  It was taken from  美食杰, a Chinese website featuring many wonderful recipes.  I have no idea how to translate 千叶黄金蛋糕 into English, so I had to make do with the name 'Golden Sponge Cake'.  This moist and tender cake is kind of a cross between a chiffon and a sponge cake. 

The recipe didn't state the size of the pan used so I used my 30 x 20 cm rectangular pan and my cake turned out quite short -  only  2cm high.  And I decided to cut the cake into two and sandwiched together with some whipped cream.  
Source:   千叶黄金蛋糕  (with some changes)

1 egg yolk 

55g butter
55g warm milk
50g plain flour
15g corn flour
4 egg yolks
1 whole egg
1/2 a vanilla bean pod

5 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
55g caster sugar 

  • Line a 30 x 20 cm pan with baking paper.  Preheat oven to 160 deg C.
  • Sift plain flour and corn flour together.  Set aside.
  • Place 1 egg yolk into a small piping bag.  Set aside.

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat until small bubbles start to break on the surface. Meanwhile cut the vanilla pod into half, lengthwise and scrape out all the seeds and add into the melted butter.  Stir well.  Turn off heat.

  • Immediately add in flour mixture all at once and quickly stir to combine.  At this stage the batter should be quite thick.   Pour in warm milk and mix well.  Then add in whole egg and egg yolks, one at a time, stirring well after each addition.  The batter will become smooth and quite runny.

  • In a clean, dry mixing bowl, whisk egg whites with a handheld mixer until foamy, add in cream of tartar.  Then whisk until soft peaks form and add in sugar, in three additions and continue to whisk until it reaches firm peaks stage.

  • Add one-third of the meringue into the egg yolk mixture and gently mix until it is well incorporated.  Next, pour the egg yolk mixture into the meringue and using a rubber spatula, gently fold to combine.  Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  • Snip off the end of the piping bag filled with egg yolk.  Pipe diagonal lines across the surface of the batter, drag a skewer or toothpick through the lines in opposite directions across the cake to create a feathered effect.  (As you can see, I didn't do a good job on the pattern, that is why I covered it up with icing sugar when I took pictures of the cake)
  • Bake for about 25 - 28 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Cool the cake completely before spreading whipped cream on it.

This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up organised by Bake for Happy Kids and My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by Diana from the Domestic Goddess Wannabe



  1. Hi Veronica
    I guess you given the right name to this cake.....looks very spongy and golden. You perfected it spreading some whipped cream making it more delicious to indulge in. Gonna give this a try soon.

  2. That looks so beautifully airy and light! :O Gorgeous!

  3. Hi Veronica, Your golden sponge cake looks pretty and soft. I definitely like to bake this for sure.
    Thank you for sharing :)

  4. Hi Veronica, a beautiful sponge cake you have here. I like the way you decorate this cake. Looks so 'classy'. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Veronica, what a lovely sponge cake! Ah, now I see what that single egg yolk is for. How clever!

  6. oooo, so pretty!!!! Do they called it the "Golden Butter Cake".. think I have seen a recipe like such but I cant find it anywhere near me.. Bookmarked ^^

  7. Thanks all for your wonderful comments. Much appreciated.

    @mimibakery not sure if they're called golden butter cake.

  8. Your sponge cake looks beautiful. Love the smooth and airy texture.

  9. The batter looked really luscious. I think I need to polish up on my Mandarin so I can get my hands on some of these Chinese cookbooks!!! Your cake is simply lovely!!!

    1. Hi Diana thanks for dropping by and leaving comments.

  10. Hi Veronica,

    I think you can call this cake the golden pillow cake! It looks really luxuriously good.


    1. Hi Zoe, what a delightful name. Thanks for the suggestion.

  11. Spongy cake with rich vanila flavor and whipped cream it's my favourite! Must give this a try soon! Bookmarked. Hehe

  12. hi veronica, i saw a few making golden sponge cake sometime ago but i think the source is different. Will take note of this recipe, thx so much for sharing, It looks absolutely wonderful!

  13. Wow with step by step photos! The golden sponge cake turns out very well. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I have seen Sonia baking a cake like this and it was just as beautiful as yours! Looks so moist and spongy. The photos helps!

  15. Hi Veronica,
    Wow! I love the texture of your golden cake. Thanks for sharing the step by step.


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