Today is my daddy's special day, it is his birthday. And to celebrate this occasion, I have asked him, "What cake would he like for his birthday?". I should have guessed! He has requested for his all time favourite cake - Sugee Cake. For those who do not know what a Sugee cake is, it is basically a cake made out of fine semolina flour and lots of egg yolks! You'll see what I'm talking about when you read the recipe below!
This recipe is a family recipe. It is pretty easy to follow too! If you like to try it out, check out the recipe below! I made half the recipe in the pictures below. If you're doing half the recipe, bake the cake for about 45-50 minutes in a loaf tin.
All you need:
1 pound unsalted butter
1 pound sugee flour (fine semolina flour)
1 pound caster sugar
15 egg yolks
5 egg whites
150g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g toasted chopped finely almonds (I used slivered almonds and chopped them) - for flavour purposes, not really for texture
100g mixed peel, chopped finely - for flavour purposes, not really for texture
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tsp brandy (optional)
All you need to do:
1 - Beat egg yolks lightly with a fork.
2 - Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3 - Gradually add in the egg yolks. Add the vanilla extract.
4 - In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites until stiff peak.
5 - Gently fold in egg whites into mixture and mix well.
6 - Fold in flour a little at a time, to avoid deflating the air in the batter.
7 - Add in the sugee (semolina) flour, almonds and mixed peel. Mix well.
8 - Pour into square 9" cake tin. Let the mixture rest for at least 30 minutes.
9 - Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for about 1 hour or until skewer comes out clean.
10 - Cool cake in tin before removing to cool completely on a cooling rack.
And lastly, a birthday shoutout!
Happy birthday daddy dearest! Love you to bits! xx