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
- Electric mixer
- Springform pan with removable bottom (or 2 specific molds for Lamala).
Separate the egg yolks and egg whites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grease the mold, then pour in the dough.
Bake for 30 minutes at 180 ° C / 350 ° F.
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.