Sunday, 20 June 2021

Avocado Coconut Sponge Cake

A very moist and velvety pandan coconut sponge cake added with fresh avocado paste. The cake was so light like eating Japanese cheesecake. The cake texture was different from the usual sponge cake. It has an almost melt-in-the-mouth creamy texture πŸ˜‹ 

Avocado is well known for its creamy texture, and a fruit that loaded with lots of good nutrients for our body. It will be an advantage if this nutritious fruit can be added to my cake. As the fruit has a mild flavour, so I "partner" it with pandan coconut sponge cake. In other words, the avocado "borrows" the flavour from the fragrant pandan leaves and coconut oil. The role of avocado in the cake was to give the cake its creaminess πŸ₯‘

Cakes are usually classified as unhealthy foods. However, with the use of healthier ingredients like avocado, coconut oil and raw sugar in the ingredient list, hopefully we can get some health benefits from binging nice cake πŸ˜ƒπŸ’—

Yield: 1 round cake
Pan size: 6x3" round pan
Baking temperature: Preheated oven to 170℃ switching on only the upper heating element, bake at lower rack at 170℃ for 40 minutes. Reduce temperature to 150℃ switching on both upper and lower heating coils, and bake for 20 minutes.

All ingredients in room temperature
Using 55~58g Omega 3&6 eggs

35g organic coconut oil/mild flavour vegetable oil

60g top/cake flour #
5g milk powder
1g baking powder

27g mashed avocado
10g low fat milk
10g pandan paste +
10g condensed milk/golden syrup

3 egg yolks

3 egg whites
pinch of salt
30g fine sugar
15g raw sugar/fine sugar

# if most of the eggs weigh close to 58g, add 5g of top flour to the flour mixture.
+ blend 20g fresh pandan leaves with 50g water into fine paste, and collect 10g from it.

1. Line a 6x3" round cake pan with parchment paper at the base. Set aside.

2. Mix low fat milk, pandan paste and condensed milk in a small cup. Set aside.
Mash ripen avocado into paste. Set aside

3. Loosen the top flour, milk powder and baking powder, with a small whisk.

Heat 35g of coconut oil in a heat resistant bowl till you see convection waves appear at the base of the oil. 

Remove the bowl of warm oil from the heat source, and fold in the loosened flours from above, into a smooth paste.

Mix in the mashed avocado from Step 2 before adding the pandan-milk mixture to the above cooked dough.

Mix in the yolks, one at a time, to the paste into a smooth batter.

4. In a dry and oil-free big mixing bowl, beat egg whites till foamy before adding salt, and gradually add in the sugar mixture. Mix the fine sugar and raw sugar with a small whisk before use.

Beat the mixture at high speed and gradually slow down, till the meringue reaches firm peak stage. To test, invert the mixing bowl, the finished meringue should stick to the bowl well.

5. Take about 1/4 of the meringue to mix with the pandan-avocado batter from Step 3, into a smooth batter.

Pour back the pandan-avocado batter to mix with the remaining meringue, into a smooth batter.

6. Pour the batter to the prepared cake pan from Step 1. Bang the cake pan to get rid of any trapped air bubbles in the batter.

7. Place the cake pan in a 20 cm square pan lined with a grid iron at the base, and added with a 1-cm deep of hot water.

Preheated oven to 170℃ switching on only the upper heating element, bake at lower rack at 170℃ for 40 minutes. Reduce temperature to 150℃ switching on both upper and lower heating coils, and bake for 20 minutes.
You can bake the cake at 160℃ with both the upper and lower heating coils for 60 minutes, or till cooked through. But there's a possibility the cake may crack during baking πŸ˜‰

8. Remove the cake pan from the water bath, and drop the cake with the pan onto a kitchen towel thrice. This is to prevent the cake from excessive shrinking during cooling down.

Let the cake cool down for about 25 minutes, or till the cake shrink away from the wall.

Loosen the cake slightly, and invert out onto a cooling rack.

You can dry the exterior of the cake using the remnant heat of the oven for about 15 minutes. This step is optional.

9. Let the cake cool down before slicing. Enjoy the velvety avocado coconut cakeπŸ₯‘πŸ˜‹

Thank you Little Farms for the 3 numbers of good avocado fruits πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ˜ƒ


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