Question… Why put the honey on the bottom? . Yes, the recipe was already updated to 200 gram, but please use 1 ½ cup + 2 ½ Tbsp if you’re using a cup measurement. How do you keep the top of the castella from sticking to the top of the plastic wrap to get a pretty top because whenever I remove the wrap, the entire top part of the castella seems to come off? The name is derived from Portuguese Pão de Castela, meaning “bread from Castile”. I need to study how much is proper amount. Hi Lily! One question though (If this was already asked, I apologize). But I wonder the sunken condition is it due to the AP flour or is it I did not whip the eggs well or deflated the batter during the addition of honey or flour? I made the cake last night and it came out fantastic sadly I put in wholemeal flour instead of super white but will do that next time. My friends and family all love this cake! I’m so happy to hear yours came out perfect. Thank you so much for trying this recipe! Hmmm we don’t usually add baking soda in this recipe, so I haven’t tried it. I’m so glad to hear you enjoy my recipes/blog! Because there was always a crack on the top. i might give it another try. Hi CW, Japanese Castella is very spongy and bouncy when you touch it. 2) Maybe raised too fast and the structure couldn’t support? Thank you for letting me know. The Cake recipe turns out very nice and delicious. Thank you for reminding me. It makes the perfect holiday or hostess gift too. Hi Sheena! The Kasutera cake and Japanese cotton cheesecake actually are my fav cakes! Pour the batter into the pan and smooth out the surface. How neat! Only the top of the cake but you could do sides too if you like… . My trick to solve the wrinkle top is to leave the cake inside the oven to cool after the baking is done, with the oven turn off and oven door ajar. My family loves Castella and it goes very well with both tea and coffee. For Castella, I’m still working to improve that recipe… I’m not 100% happy with my result (the wrinkle top). That’s good to remember when the top is not golden brown. Other than that I followed your recipe exactly and the result is a beautiful springy sponge cake! Cheesecake, it’s most likely the meringue (over /under beaten… both could be reason). It’s not about the parchment paper. It’s more aculate and we are sure that you will have more than an inch tall cake even it shrinked. I’m so glad you liked this recipe. In your initial comment, did you mean your bottom was burnt (darker than mine)? Hi Trisha! THANK YOU for your tip! As start baking higher, like 400 F for about 15 then lower to about 300 F. it will bake in more volume and keep it soft but cook in the middle. I made this castella yesterday and I tried it today. Arigato! Thank you so much. Thank you!!! I used King Arthur Bread flour for this recipe and didn’t bring any with me to Japan. Thank you so much for your help, Jeff! When you measure flour by volume, please follow the methods below. You may need to tweak my recipe in order to get the perfect result. I never thought I’d make Castella at home! I’ll try to update it soon. However, each oven works differently and you will need to experiment with your own oven and adjust accordingly. 1. Castella is a tall cake. Add in few drops of lemon juice or vinegar into egg whites and whipping it with high speed and add in sugar in portion (3 times), whisk until stiff peak. First, I would like to offer my deepest thanks for “Just One Cookbook”. These castella cake looks easy and tastes amazing! Related Videos. I have made a change to the brushing mix. Take out the cake from the pan to the plastic wrap, top facing down. Fingers crossed! Have you tried to change the amount of sugar? Taiwanese Castella cake is done. Some recipes say to mix very well and others say not too much. I’m glad yours come out well too! Thanks again and keep up the good work! Just a quick question about applying the honey mixture on top of the castella before wrapping it up. Those areas (tops and sides of the pan) will exceed 212. Nami, my husband asked me to add some green tea to this cake, so I added 2 tbsp and it is absolutely delicious! . Finding the right ingredient proportions is important. It will take about 55 minutes in total. A lot of recipes suggested to bake at a higher temperature and cover the cake with the aluminum foil to prevent the cake from browning further and finish baking. 3. . I wonder if reducing dry ingredients will help the texture more moist. Hi Grace! A great fan of you. 1. But none available in my country, so now I can enjoy it whenever I want. These castella cake looks easy and tastes amazing! Related Videos. Okay, I will remember to raise the temp by 50F (10C) for the final 5 minutes. The volume of the beaten eggs will increase by about 4 times. I will give that a try! I’m still trying to film this recipe with an updated recipe version, but I’m really happy to hear you tried this recipe and still enjoy it! but when i made another experiment that i put matcha powder together with the flour, the batter sink and when i bake it in the oven, it won’t rise. Thank you so much for letting me know. Hi Karen! So I decided to make six cakes for the church lunch and the following week another six cakes for the senior center.They all loved them! I’m not familiar with high altitude baking… So sorry! I’m so happy to hear your Castella and Chicken & Tofu Meatballs came out well. Thank you for your wonderful recipe and respond in advance . I tried your recipe with matcha (added about 10g and 90 g flour) and it turned out great! I’m so glad your cake survived the power outage. Depending on the brand and quality, you probably need to adjust the amount. 1) Fluff up the flour several times with a spoon. I’m so happy to hear you and your friend enjoyed this Castella recipe! Thank you for sharing your tip with us!! Thank you for your kind feedback, Chris (and sorry for my late response). There was this one time I tried making a chocolate marble Castella using the same recipe with a separated portion for the marble batter. Hi Inge! Sorry I can’t answer from my experience…Hope you give it a try and let us know. Separate the eggs yolks and whites. Can you advise what temperature I should bake at in this frame ? . Thanks a ton for your recipes. It’s my third time making Castella, and my previous attempts turned out dense and extremely moist, not like the coarser texture Castella is supposed to have. Put some parchment paper in a baking tin and pour the batter into the tin. I will never have to buy commercial kasutera again. This traditional cake from Taiwan is so fluffy that some call it a jiggly cake or bouncy cake. If you make this recipe, snap a pic and hashtag it #justonecookbook — We love to see your creations on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! May I know how do I rectify it. Thank you so much for trying this recipe! I was almost at an hour and fifteen minutes until I was done. I’ve never added butter cream, so I can’t tell. It’s expensive with shipping to the US, but on the first try I finally got a castella cake with no dome or cracking! Thank you for your kind feedback.. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I have tried numerous times to bake this cake without having it cracked on top and finally succeed. I did not have the need to tent the cake with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning; I think the lower temperature of 320 degrees helped. I have analysis paralysis and can’t decide, and my lack of Japanese is another reason for that. In both cases though, the cake needs a bit of extra watching to make sure it bakes well. . This information might be too much, but I’d like to share… Unfortunatley, these amazing bread flours are not available in the US so I can’t try and share my experience. This didn’t affect the taste but it was a lot denser and definitely wasn’t aesthetically pleasing. If you try this recipe with sweetened lemon juice, please let us know how it goes.. Thanks to your detailed recipe and instruction! Thank you for trying this recipe! I also have never tried with a small pan of water for Castella recipes I tried (for my recipe and other recipes). Try this delicious cake for your weekend baking project. Gently peel off parchment paper. We are glad to hear it worked out well for baking Castella!! Thank you in advance. Thank you for your comment. Happy New Year! By far the tastiest homemade cotton cake ever! Thank you for sharing this recipe! You can do it by your clean hands or with a yolk separator. Add the honey into the egg mixture and whisk on medium speed for about 30 seconds. I have also seen some recipes that require extra steps and ingredients, but I made this recipe as simple as possible without losing authentic flavor. If you don’t have a mixer, you will need: – A hand whisk – Arm strength – Lots of time for constant whipping (Around 30 minutes or more if you take long breaks) – Patience (because of the above), Greetings, Ms. Nami. What a relief – I’m glad it went well! Hmmm probably 1) oven heat was too strong or too close? And if not can it be served warm? There should be very little to no wrinkling or shrinking of the top with this recipe. I can finally move on to different recipes after trying this recipe for xx times (you probably don’t want to know. It tastes good and my sinking is not too bad, but I really want to make it work for everyone… And no, I do not preheat the pan. Before I move on to the recipe, I want to mention that it took me a very long time to finalize this recipe. Whisk sifted flour into the yolk mixture slowly, set aside. Merry Christmas to you and your beloved ones. We hope this helps, and next time will be successful!. My dad couldn’t believe it was homemade (he usually doesn’t eat anything I make), and my very picky yet Castella-loving little brother enjoyed dunking the cake (and the cut-off sides!) But sugar and eggs make it fluffier. Castella cake (also called kasutera cake) is a Japanese sponge cake which is moist and spongy despite not using any oil. I’m so happy to hear your friends enjoy your dessert! Hi Athena! As for coffee flavored… are you making into marble cake or entire cake is coffee flavor? I would do that… and maybe not too strong honey flavor – I would skip or use little. It tastes so… amazing. Thank you for your tip and feedback, James! Hi Olivia! Thank you so much for your kind and sweet words! I know the reason for the winkle cake top! Hi! Also set aside. Also add the flour. I recommend trying to reduce after you get successful cake (so you will know what is the reason for failure). haha). You can tell by its popularity as Castella is being sold everywhere in Japan, from departmental stores, specialty sweet stores to convenience stores. Thank you once again!! Hi Nami, I made your 1.5x recipe for two 9×5″ loaf pans, and it worked nicely. It is raised solely by egg foam. The difference between Japanese honey sponge cake and the regular western sponge cake is Japanese Castella is more delicate and bouncy in texture. I think I will just use Type 505 and see how it goes. This is one recipe on my blog that I have been continuing to improve. Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C). Preheat oven to 180°C. Then, transfer to a medium bowl and add in all the flour at once. どうもありがとうございました, Hi Jend! Thank you for your kind words on the blog. I just need to lose some weight before testing this recipe. Separate egg yolks from the whites and place them both in separate bowls. 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