Marinated strawberries add glamour to a no-fail orange sponge cake. For a nonalcoholic syrup, replace the sherry with pulp-free orange juice.
- Portion size 12 servings
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- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 strip orange rind
- 1/2 cup medium sherry
- 2 cups halved strawberries
- 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
- 1 cup sifted cake and pastry flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs separated
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2/3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Sponge Cake: Grease 9-inch (2.5 L) springform pan; line bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
In bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt ; set aside. In separate bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Beat in half of the sugar, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, until stiff peaks form; set aside.
In large bowl, beat egg yolks with remaining sugar until thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Beat in orange rind and juice and vanilla. Add flour mixture; stir just until combined. Stir in about one-quarter of the whites; fold in remaining whites. Scrape into prepared pan, levelling top.
Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven until cake springs back when lightly touched and tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool on rack for 10 minutes. Remove side of pan; invert cake onto rack. Remove bottom of pan; let cool completely. Peel off paper. (Make-ahead: Cover with plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 24 hours or overwrap in heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.)
Meanwhile, in saucepan, bring sugar, orange rind and 1/2 cup (125 mL) water to boil over medium-high heat, stirring. Add sherry; let cool. Discard orange rind. Pour into bowl. Add strawberries; marinate for at least 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.)
In small skillet, lightly toast almonds over medium heat, about 2 minutes.
Place cake on serving plate; cut into 8 to 12 wedges, keeping shape of cake. Spoon strawberries and about one-third of the syrup over cake. Sprinkle with almonds. Serve with remaining syrup.
Nutritional facts <b>Per each of 12 servings:</b> about
- Sodium 76 mg
- Protein 3 g
- Calories 161.0
- Total fat 2 g
- Cholesterol 62 mg
- Saturated fat 1 g
- Total carbohydrate 30 g
- Iron 7.0
- Folate 10.0
- Calcium 2.0
- Vitamin A 3.0
- Vitamin C 27.0