Cherry (or other fruit) Sponge Cake (Bublanina) Recipe

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Cherry (or other fruit) Sponge Cake (Bublanina) Recipe
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Cherry (or other fruit) Sponge Cake (Bublanina) Recipe

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This is my rendition of my mother-in-law's Cherry Sponge Cake, which in Czech Republic is called Bublanina (Bubble Cake). It is particularly good with sour or other pitted cherries, but also great with a mixture of blueberries and halved de-stemmed strawberries, which makes it perfect for the 4th of July. Really, any soft fruit will do.
MAKES:
10 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 60 min.
MAKES:
10 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 60 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup oil (like vegetable or canola)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 cups or even more of pitted cherries (or other soft fruit, like halved strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
  • confectioner's sugar for top (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 F.
Mix sugar and egg yolks with mixer in a large bowl. Add milk and oil (and optional almond extract), then flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.
In a separate medium-sized bowl, beat the egg whites with cleaned beaters until they form stiff peaks. Fold beaten egg whites gently into batter until combined.
Pour batter evenly onto a greased and floured long jelly roll pan with 1" rim (a lasagna pan will also work). Don't spread. The batter will appear very shallow, but the cake will rise. The batter may not reach the ends of the pan. It probably will after baking.
Place fruit evenly over batter, being very generous to cover most of the batter, as long as fruit doesn't pile on top of each other. The more fruit the better.
Bake for 35 minutes or more until a toothpick comes out clean (for jelly roll pan). Or possibly up to 45 plus minutes or so if using a smaller pan. [The cake will be a bit thicker.] Frozen cherries or blueberries may also affect baking time. Serve warm or cool. Sift confectioner's sugar over cooled cake, if desired. Yield: serves 10
Notes: Cut into squares. The fruit will sink into the cake, but will still be visible. If using blueberries and fresh strawberries (don't use frozen strawberries) alternate them for attractiveness. The more fruit the moister the cake. You want fruit in each bite. Tastes great for breakfast as well as dessert. Note: For the photo I used a smaller pan and halved the recipe. A larger pan will be needed for full recipe.

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup oil (like vegetable or canola)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 cups or even more of pitted cherries (or other soft fruit, like halved strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
  • confectioner's sugar for top (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Mix sugar and egg yolks with mixer in a large bowl. Add milk and oil (and optional almond extract), then flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, beat the egg whites with cleaned beaters until they form stiff peaks. Fold beaten egg whites gently into batter until combined.
  4. Pour batter evenly onto a greased and floured long jelly roll pan with 1" rim (a lasagna pan will also work). Don't spread. The batter will appear very shallow, but the cake will rise. The batter may not reach the ends of the pan. It probably will after baking.
  5. Place fruit evenly over batter, being very generous to cover most of the batter, as long as fruit doesn't pile on top of each other. The more fruit the better.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes or more until a toothpick comes out clean (for jelly roll pan). Or possibly up to 45 plus minutes or so if using a smaller pan. [The cake will be a bit thicker.] Frozen cherries or blueberries may also affect baking time. Serve warm or cool. Sift confectioner's sugar over cooled cake, if desired. Yield: serves 10
Notes: Cut into squares. The fruit will sink into the cake, but will still be visible. If using blueberries and fresh strawberries (don't use frozen strawberries) alternate them for attractiveness. The more fruit the moister the cake. You want fruit in each bite. Tastes great for breakfast as well as dessert. Note: For the photo I used a smaller pan and halved the recipe. A larger pan will be needed for full recipe.

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Cthebird User ID: 7635724 243874
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

"Yummy fruit and ultra moist cake! I chose not to use the optional almond extract because I didn't have any left. I didn't miss it. The taste of the fruit (sour cherries in my case) shined. Perfect for breakfast or dessert. The full recipe fit in a large lasagna pan and was about 2 inches high once baked. It would surely be shorter in a jelly roll pan, and would probably bake for a shorter time."

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