Christiana of Burwell General Store, our gracious host, chose Jelly Cake this month. I've been an awful team-member and have not participated in a while but I'm back now! The rules are that each "swapper" must change at least 3 things in the given recipe to make it our own. Of course, you must try to stay true to the intent of the recipe along the way.
Here is the infamous recipe of the month:
I used my girl Paula Deen for inspiration and adapted her recipe of a classic.The base of this cake tastes exactly like angel food cake. The addition of strawberry jelly and whipped cream was a nice touch. It was refreshing to eat after dinner and didn't weigh you down like desserts often do.
4 eggs, separated
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
3/4 cup cake flour, sifted
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup strawberry jelly
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl beat egg whites until stiff but not dry and set aside. In another bowl, beat the egg yolks until light. Gradually add the sugar and vanilla, and mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the sifted flour mixture to the egg yolk mixture.
Fold the egg whites into the egg mixture and pour the batter into a 9" x 13" pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the cake is golden. Cook cake on rack for 10-15 minutes. Once cake has cooled, spread cake with jelly and top decoratively with whipped cream. Serves 8-10.
Those are four very important steps that you MUST not skip when baking this cake. Otherwise, it will not come out as light and airy as it should. You want it to spring back at you if you push down on it (when cooled of course). Honestly, the darn cake is so lightweight, I felt like I could eat the whole thing without any topping on it. It must not be that many calories, right?
The other bloggers that participate in this swap with me are so incredibly talented - you'll just have to check them out for yourself: Dennis, Toni, Sabrina, Lora, Lindsay, Mari, Mary, Jennifer, Crissy and Lauren, Pola, Claire, Shari, Joy, Monique, Linda, Priya, Rachel, Alli, Katy, Lana and Jaclyn. It's amazing to see how different our interpretations are for each recipe! Visit the swap page for everyone's bios and please visit all of our blogs to let us all know what you think of our inventions.