On the Today show this morning on Channel 9, there was a segment about the inaugural national sponge cake bake-off competition from The Australian Women’s Weekly (AWW) magazine which is sponsored by Queen Fine Foods. I have not heard of it until I caught that segment of the show! Apparently, since earlier this year, AWW has been looking for the country’s best sponge cakes and the finalists are being featured in the October issue of the magazine. LOL, I might have to buy my first ever copy of the magazine now just for that feature…
I did a quick search online and to my surprise, the recipes from the winner and the other 7 finalists are already published online! Therefore if you want a collection of the best 8 sponge cakes from Australia’s Sponge Cake Queens or King, here they are:
Note: All photos courtesy of The Australian Women’s Weekly.
Sponge Cake Queen winner Natalie Dick’s recipe (South Australia)
Sponge Cake King runner-up Noel Button’s recipe (Tasmania)
After reading through the recipes, I was intrigued by some of the specific cornflour brands which I have never heard of, like the Nurse’s Corn Flour and Fields Corn Flour. So I googled them and guess what, these e-cookbooks appeared as two of the search results, a pdf copy of The Nurse’s Corn Flour Recipe Book from 1936 with 60 recipes from that era, and also a pdf copy of Fielder’s Cornflour Recipe Book!
Speaking of recipes, especially old recipes, I was doing a bit of research for my next baking project when I also stumbled across a pdf copy of McAlpin’s Test Kitchen Recipes with 176 old recipes from maybe at least half a century ago. Fascinating reading!