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Ingredients:

- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 4 soup spoons of water


Preparation:

- Separate the yolk from the white (use the eggshell's halves to move the yolk around while the white spills to the bowl underneath)
- Mix the sugar with the yolk and the water and beat until homogeneous
- Gradually add the flour and baking powder (previously mixed) and beat until it's well mixed
- Beat the white separately until it resembles a fluffy white foam (it's ready when you tilt the bowl by several degrees and the foam doesn't budge)
- Add the foam to the batter and slowly fold it until it's well mixed (beating it too fast will make the cake less fluffy)

- Use some butter to grease the baking pan and then cover it with a layer of flour to keep the batter from sticking to the pan (tilt it around until the flour sticks to the whole butter)
- Pour the batter into the pan and even it out before place it in the oven at a medium temperature (high temperature may burn the crust and leave the center uncooked)
- When the top starts to turn golden brown stick a toothpick (or a fork) into the center of the cake (it's ready when no batter is sticking to the toothpick)
- Remove the cake from the pan (gently use a knife, especially if there were spots where butter and flour wasn't applied to get it to unstuck) and place it on a plate to cool

- You can decorate the cake to your liking (I personally recommend a thin layer of melted chocolate and some strawberries/raspberries)
- Goes well with tea (because it's not too sweet) or rolled over with a jam filling
A Water Cake is a traditional Portuguese sponge cake. It's super simple to make, not very fat and super tasty =9
This particular version is my family's recipe. Some people use more eggs or add other extra ingredients like lemon scraps or vanilla extract

A few notes before you attempt baking one:
- By cup I don't mean the actual measure but actual cups or mugs. We never got around calculating the actual dosages ^^;
- I'm not familiar with the cooking vocabulary in english, so I apologize if I'm saying things wrong
- I don't have a camera so I can't take a photo on how the cake looks, but this site illustrates all the steps (it doesn't separate the white from the yolk though) [link]

If you bake it please tell me how it turned out =3
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kraeon Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
what kind of sugar are we going to use?
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Birvan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
White sugar, but you can use other if you want to
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BitchElectrique Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
This is awesome- I'm going to try it! =D
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Birvan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Tell me if you like it ;)
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BitchElectrique Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
My family and I finished it within two days. It was good! xD
ok ok so I used 1-1/2 real cups of whole wheat flour, 1 real cup of brown sugar, and 4 Tbsp of water, and the others as listed and it came out quite nice, but I can't really critique it since I've never tried legit water cake in my life. Anyway, it was delicious! Any more recipessss? =D
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Birvan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, 2 days? You must have really liked it XD

First time someone asks me that. I'd have to look around in our family cookbook and see if I can find one that's easy to translate ^^;
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Theobroma100 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
H*U*G*E hit.

I guess my mugs are bigger than yours...I think there was too much flour, the mix (before folding in the beaten egg whites) was like cookie dough. So I threw in another egg for fun, and it smoothed right out. I made it in an angel food cake pan, so it came out in a ring. Took an hour and 15 minutes to cook at 325 degrees.

Came out with a light brown crust, crispy and a little sweet, and dry and eggy inside. I expected a dry cake, with no oil in the recipe. But it held together and looked lovely.

My husband came home from his errands and took a huge chunk, threw some cherry jam on it, and yummed it right down. Then he took another huge chunk. Then he took a THIRD. This guy is not a big one for sweets! I asked, is it like you get in Portugal? (He spent summer vacations there in high school when his parents lived in Almoçageme.) Answer: Exactly!! So, is it like your mother used to make? --Are you kidding?! My mother can't make this stuff! You get it from a bakery! Can you make it again?

So, thanks!
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Birvan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad it was such a big success <3

Sounds exactly how it should turn out
If there's one thing I never understood is how people can put oil in a cake recipe. It makes them rather heavy and hard to digest Xp

Ok, now that's a really big hit if you get someone not into sweets practically devour the whole cake XDDD
I'll have to post more recipes X3
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Theobroma100 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
OK, it's in the oven. Details to follow. Did not use lemon since you don't like it ;)
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Birvan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
8D
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