As we work from home and have more flexibility in terms of work-life balance, more people have turned to baking as one of the ways of spending that extra time they have to themselves.
In June, a Facebook user named Herman Huang shared pictures of some edible “dishwashing” sponge cakes to little fanfare among his followers.
But it was only after he posted it on the Subtle Asian Traits Facebook group two months later that it went viral. His post about how you can successfully troll your mum or partner with the lookalike cake garnered with over 7,000 likes and reactions after just four days.
Huang even uploaded a video onto his YouTube channel so others could easily follow his instructions on how to make the sponge cakes.
In June, one grandma from Tasmania, Alice Munro, also shared her own version of the dishwashing sponge cakes.
“I like to make look-a-like [object] cakes and I love trying different things. I got the idea in a Facebook group so I googled “dishwashing sponge cake”, watched a few tutorials and decided I’d give it a go,” the 52-year-old told Daily Mail Australia.
Munro used a four-dollar vanilla cake mix, buttercream and green, yellow and black food colourings to recreate the everyday object. To really sell the idea, she also used oreos and chocolate to create an illusion of a “dirty plate”.
I thought it’d be a fun idea and wondered if a non-baker like myself would be able to successfully pull it off. Here’s my attempt at the viral sponge cake, following Huang’s recipe.
For an 8-inch x 8-inch pan
- 140g all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2g baking powder
- 135g melted butter
- 3 eggs
- Pinch of salt
- 120g sugar
- 45g lemon juice (2 lemons would be sufficient)
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 20g sugar