Soft and light cake without butter

A cake made from a simple sponge cake dough (without butter). It can be eaten plain, with a fruit puree, a touch of jam… In Alsace (Eastern France), this type of cake is eaten in the form of « Lamala » (little lamb) during breakfast on Sunday Easter.

Ingredients for an 8-part cake or 2 Lamalas

  • 5 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons of hot water
  • 150 g of fine sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 130 g of flour
  • 20 g of cornstarch (Maïzena) or corn flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder

To grease the mold: 1 tablespoon of butter or sunflower oil

For the decor: 1 tablespoon of icing sugar

Specific material:

  • Electric mixer
  • Springform pan with removable bottom (or 2 specific molds for Lamala).


Step 1:

Separate the egg yolks and egg whites.

Step 2:

Put the egg whites and the pinch of salt in a mixing bowl.

Using an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Set aside.

Step 3:

In another mixing bowl, put the egg yolks, the sugar and hot water.

Whisk this mixture with the electric mixer until you get a smooth cream.

Step 4:

Pour this mixture over the egg whites. Mix by stirring all ingredients gently with a spatula; it is important not to whip the mixture to avoid « breaking » the whites. Continue until you have a homogeneous mousse; there should be no sign of whites. Set aside.

Step 5:

Mix the flour, the corn starch and baking powder together.

Pour over the mousse obtained in step 4. Mix by gently stirring all ingredients with a spatula.

Step 6:

Grease the mold, then pour in the dough.

Bake for 30 minutes at 180 ° C / 350 ° F.

Step 7:

After 30 minutes of baking, your cake is cooked and should be nicely browned. To check the cooking, prick the cake with the tip of a knife; it should come out dry.

Let the cake cool before removing it from the mold.

Sprinkle with icing sugar before serving.

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