Our neighbours have gone on holiday this week and have asked me to look after their chickens again. They have about twice as many chickens as they did last time… so that means twice as many eggs every day.
I’ve been looking into recipes where you use lots of just yolks and just whites – as I don’t like to waste half the eggs. I found a couple of recipes by Rose Levy Beranbaum that fit the bill. I’ll be attempting her favourite yellow layer cake this week.
I decided to make the yolks-only cake first as I discovered, on my online travels, that egg whites can be easily and successfully frozen for use at a later date. Yolks take a little more effort. The yellow layer cake I made today – as you’ve probably deduced – uses just egg yolks.
It also uses bleached cake flour, something you don’t tend to find in supermarkets here in the UK. I took a lengthy detour on the website of Rose’s Devon-based friend, Kate Coldrick, who shows you in great detail how to make your own substitute.
I followed both Rose’s and Kate’s instructions almost to the letter, hoping that I’d produce a cake like never before.
The sponge was light & airy and the texture was crumbly. I teamed it with a vanilla buttercream icing which complements, not overpowers the flavour.
Stay tuned next week Thursday for my egg white recipe! Click here or on the image below to pin the recipe for later!
- 4 large egg yolks
- 160g/5½oz sour cream
- 1½tsp vanilla extract
- 200g/7oz bleached cake flour*
- ½tsp baking powder
- ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 200g/7oz caster sugar
- ¼tsp salt
- 170g/6oz butter, softened
- 250g/9oz butter, softened
- ½tsp vanilla extract
- 300g/10½oz icing sugar
- 1tbsp milk
- Grease a 23cm/9-inch spring-form cake tin then line it with parchment paper
- 20 minutes or longer before baking, set an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 175ºC/350°F/Gas mark 4
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, lightly combine the yolks, about ¼ of the sour cream and the vanilla
- In a stand mixer bowl, with paddle attachment, combine the cake flour, caster sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and salt
- Mix on a low speed for 30 seconds to blend
- Add the butter and the remaining sour cream and mix on a low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened
- Increase to medium speed, or high speed if using a hand held mixer and beat for 1 minute to aerate and develop the structure
- Scrape down the sides
- Gradually add the egg mixture in 2 batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition until fully incorporated
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Smooth the surface. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes away clean and it springs back when pressed lightly in the centre
- Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes
- Loosen the sides of the cake with a small metal spatula, and remove the sides of the spring-form tin
- Invert the cake onto a wire rack and flip it again onto a second rack it so that the top faces up
- Allow to cool completely before slicing in half horizontally and icing the middle and top
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla essence
- Blend in the icing sugar, a quarter at a time, beating well after each addition
- Beat in the milk and continue mixing until light and fluffy
- Keep the icing covered until ready to use
- *If like me you're based in the UK and find it hard to find bleached cake flour in the shops, have a look at Kate Coldrick's meticulous method to make your own version