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The Almost Perfect Sponge Cake Recipe - From
Added: 23-09-2013, 04:04 | Comments: 65 | Views: 5190 | Group: The Almost Perfect Sponge Cake Recipe

The Almost Perfect Sponge Cake Recipe 1The Almost Perfect Sponge Cake Recipe 1

I have been baking since I started this hobby some 8 years ago and can be considered an intermediate level home baker but even till now, I still have a  fear for making sponge cakes. This is what would usually happen, the cakes would look beautifully puffed and tall in the oven but once cooled they'd collapse or shrink forming deep crater.... shrinking my confidence at the same time. Even when some do come out successfully  tall and beautiful, the texture inside would be either coarse or dry. Due to these  factors,  I am quite disheartened of ever making the perfect sponge cake, the holy grail of all sponge cakes, one that is made without the artificial aid of stabilisers and chemicals, has a texture which is fine, soft, tender, light, fluffy, airy and spongy, hold its shape well and most importantly moist.

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Recently while scouting for a new sponge cake recipe from the net, I found an interesting video on sponge cake making through a link from this blog "Happy Flour".  At first I thought it would just be another run-of-the-mill cake demo, and boy was I in for a surprise. In the video, after having beaten the eggs with sugar till thick and fluffy and doubled in volume, the lady instructor dumped the whole batch of flour onto the whipped eggs and  she proceeded with mixing using the hand held beaters. Yup, HAND HELD BEATERS! It defied the age old mantra where light handedness is of utmost importance when it comes to folding in flour in order not to break up the air bubbles. I was shock to see such man-handling. Then the shock turned into intrigue and I just had to try out this recipe no matter what. 

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I did exactly the same as the lady instructor in the video and man-handled the batter. And here's my result. It's the most successful and best looking sponge cake I've ever made on first  try and it didn't collapse or shrink at all! The sponge cake was very airy, spongy and springy. I am very satisfied with the outcome  except for one teeny tiny thing... it was just a teeny tiny tad dry, which also made it just a teeny tiny tad shy from being THE perfect sponge.

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However much I wish, alas this sponge cake is still not the elusive perfect sponge I'm looking for as I like my cake moist and this sponge is lacking it. Nevertheless,  this problem can be somewhat remedied by layering the sponge with cream or by sprinkling with some syrup. But still, not perfect.

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I split the sponge cake into two layers  and sandwiched them with buttercream icing (recipe also taken from Happy Flour here).

My Grandmother’s Sponge Cake – From
Added: 21-09-2013, 17:06 | Comments: 615 | Views: 5919 | Group: sponge cake

What is your association with sponge cake? I really do not mean to ask such a personal question right off the bat, but I had not given much reflection to the whole sponge-cake question. Then I tried to re-create my grandmother Jessie’s cryptic recipe for sponge cake, from her recently discovered files.

Sponge cake falls into two broad categories: the European génoise and Victoria sponge categories or the North American equivalent, which is a bit archaic now. The génoise is a classic base for Italian and French cakes, not to mention other fine pastries of European pedigree, while the Victoria sponge is a traditional British base for birthday cakes and other celebratory desserts. However, crossing the Atlantic, I am convinced that something was lost when this elegant cake made its way to the New World. In the mid-20th century, industrial production did no favours for the cake’s taste and texture.


While I do remember Jessie’s sponge cake from a few family meals, its memory has been eclipsed by all the store-bought versions my parents would serve, invariably with chocolate ice cream. These were 10” or 12’ square flavourless blocks, which looked as if they were uniform pieces of upholstery foam, just spray-painted golden-brown. Does that sound appealing? They were, indeed, fluffy and light but devoid of any other distinguishing character.

Now Jessie’s version is filled with character – just like she was. The photos below appear to be from the same spring-time holiday to the “northwoods” (Wisconsin? Minnesota? Northern Michigan?), in the 1950s, as my mother had written on the back of one of the photos.

As a cake made by someone of complex character, there is more to this sponge cake than meets the eye. It can be a very light accompaniment to tea in the afternoon when served plain, complementing a green tea, orange pekoe, or mint tisane, for instance, for a more proper mood:

Or the cake would work well with fresh berries and syrup made from those berries (think blueberry, raspberry, or blackberry), for a more swinging outdoorsy combination:

It can also work well with ice cream and a liqueur for a more naughty treat:

For the review of the cake and the recipe…

A big slice is ready for eating (on Jessie's own wedding china).

Given Jessie’s short-handed scribble on the recipe, I had to do some research and extrapolation again. (Whose phone number was that on the original recipe? I could not resolve that fascinating mystery from reverse directory, but this was from several decades ago, at least). It was fun to investigate, as I had never baked a sponge cake before. Why would I have? Given my association with the dry bland commercial squares I grew up eating?

I turned to Cindy Mushet’s The Art and Soul of Baking for guidance. This is superb reference book for bakers, as she carefully delineates the history, science, and technique behind classic pastries – not to mention a number of well-tested contemporary recipes in this tome-like work. I learned, for example, that Jessie’s sponge is an “egg-separated sponge”, as opposed to those with eggs prepared intact.

Home-made blueberry syrup and blueberries go well with sponge cake.

In other recipes, I noticed the ratio of six eggs to one cup each, of flour and sugar – the same ratio featured here. However, I did not come across any others with a half-cup of orange juice. The OJ is probably why I cannot recall the recipe better, as my mother had a life-long aversion to all things citrus, while Jessie loved all such fruits. “You can’t taste that!” was Jessie’s invariable response to my mother’s detection of anything vaguely citrus-y in a dish, primarily in restaurants – this line was also a running joke in my immediate family. So Jessie might not have made this for our family because of the citrus.

With a stand mixer, this cake is probably faster to assemble than many butter-based cakes with more ingredients, but it does require paying attention to the stages of the egg whites and yolks. The folding takes a bit of time, though it is not difficult, once one has the gentle, patient technique under control. I also changed the baking temperature to a consistent 325 degrees (F) for 50 minutes, rather than my grandmother’s hard-to-understand lower temperatures/varying baking times in her notes.

The deep golden-brown colour indicates the cake is done.

The resulting cake is airy and tall, with a delicate crumb, a subtle flavour of orange, and an interior that is not at all dry (I am trying to avoid “moist”, after Theresa’s list of culinary pet peeves on Island Vittles – long ago, I had learned about the issue with this word years ago from the wannabe lawyer who bathed in apricot Jell-o, who explained the gender-aversion to this word…). A slightly chewy or spongy texture is key to this cake, and this version did not disappoint.

Depending on your mood or character, this sponge cake will serve you well with its flexibility and fine lineage of cakes from the past.

Sponge Cake, adapted from Jessie’s recipes (with invaluable technical guidance from Cindy Mushet’s The Art and Soul of Baking)

Serves 10 – 12


9 eggs, separated
1 ½ cups pastry flour
1 ½ cups sugar
½ cup orange juice
1 tsp cream of tartar

Sponge Cake (3rd recipe) From
Added: 21-09-2013, 03:16 | Comments: 177 | Views: 3981 | Group: sponge cake

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Sponge Cake (3rd recipe, Rich in taste and high in calories). A delicious and soft sponge cake.

All the ingredients should be at room temperature and please use standard measuring cups and teaspoons. Please use same measuring cup to measure flour, sugar and unsalted butter. Ratio is 1: 1: 1, equal amount of flour, powdered sugar and butter.

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For the flour:

1/2 cup (100 ml) all purpose flour ( maida ) (please use fresh all purpose flour) Please use Indian standard measuring cup of 100 ml / 4 oz capacity.

½ level teaspoon baking powder

One pinch salt

Other ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted soft butter (cooking butter). Keep aside to cool for half hour. Then it will become soft (weight measurement is 50 g)

1/2 cup (100 ml) sugar, measure sugar and then make a powder

2 eggs, (net weight of 2 eggs are 100 g)

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind or orange rind (optional) Adding lemon or orange rind will make the cake rich in taste and flavorful

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 tablespoon milk

Extra 1 teaspoon butter ( to grease baking dish)