I was inspired to bake this Moist and Naked Vanilla Sponge Cake cake because I had leftover frosting from something else, which I wanted to use up. I always seem to have a little bit of leftover icing, and using it up has become something of a personal challenge. On this occasion, a naked cake seemed like a great way to do that.
I love naked cakes. If you go to Google images and type in ‘naked cakes’ you will find so many mouth-watering photos. There is something very casual and unaffected about them, but then they also exude confidence and elegance. I love that, and I think the unfussy theme is fitting for my blog. This recipe is a new one that I have been working on. This is just one of the iterations of it and I will be sharing more variations over the next little while. It is such a versatile recipe.
I absolutely love this Stonewall Kitchen Espresso Dulce de Leche, which I picked up a few months ago from Angelika’s Homestore in VI. I used a really small amount, so as not to have the cake be too sweet, and so the espresso doesn’t immediately register in your brain as a coffee flavour. But it does add a little bit of decadence to the overall taste. Isn’t it interesting how even traditionally strong flavours can be made to be at once subtle and suggestive?
If you don’t have any fancy schmacy dulce de leche, then you can use any other caramel or toffee or even chocolate sauce you have to hand. This cake is a good one to make for if you are having your greedy friends over for cake, gist, and a glass of wine or a bridal shower, or a house warming, or for dessert when you are hosting a casual lunch. For the vanilla frosting, you can use this simple recipe as it yields a small amount, or this one for a slightly bigger yield.
The other thing I should point out is that apart from the icing, this cake has no butter in it. That’s right. No butter. Only extra virgin olive oil. If that is not worth dancing for, then I don’t know what is. But without further ado, here is the recipe. Enjoy! xx