November 1, 2020

Mini Vanilla Génoise Cake

My most favorite cake ever: GENOISE CAKE… I love both the vanilla and chocolate flavour. I was inspired with tropical island vibes for my cake decorations, therefore I have pineapple skins, topped on a few bougainvillea pink flowers (not edible), dark chocolate and the fruit I had at home. I have used cherry syrup for my vanilla cake which is normally used for Black forest cake because I enjoy having a bite filled with cherry flavour together with the spongy cake and whipped cream. Whenever a cake is purchased for my birthday, everyone knows that I don’t fancy icing sugar cake decors, all I opt for is genoise cake.

I have given two options for syrup, you choose whichever suits you best. The syrup is really important for the genoise cake for moisture.

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For the Cake:

  • 130g self-raising flour
  • 60g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

For the Syrup:
Option 1:

  • 1 can of cherry, room temparature (strain and keep only the juice)

Option 2:

  • 1/2 cup of hot water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


1. Into the milk, add salt, vanilla and melted butter. Combine together and allow to rest. Preheat oven at 180F.

2. On a double boiler (bainmare) over medium heat, whisk eggs and sugar together into a heatproof bowl until sugar dissolves and batter turns white (do not allow water to touch the bowl). Make sure to not cook the eggs, as soon as sugar has dissolved, remove the bowl.

3. Add the batter into a mixer again and whisk again for 5 minutes until size has doubled and creamy and fluffy consistency are achieved.

4. Into a seperate bowl, take a portion of the batter, add the milk, salt, vanilla and melted butter mixture. Whisk together until well combined. Add the mixture into the batter and incorporate together with a spatula.

5. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 180F. Layer your cake into half using a long serrated knife. Spread both layer with the syrup you prefer (I have used option 1 for more flavour).

6. Decorate your cake with whipped cream and your favorite fruits.