Delicious Sponge Cake Recipe

Basic Sponge Cake Recipe that bakes perfectly with my easy technique

I have this basic sponge cake recipe from our last vacation in Sued Tirol. We stayed in a great hotel that offered cakes in the afternoon. This is where I got this recipe for this sponge cake. It bakes wonderfully and makes just a perfect base cake for any occasion. We ate in a form of a raspberry torte, but you could really do anything you like with it.

basic sponge cake recipe This sponge cake recipe delivers a huge cake, so make sure to use the form size I give you, or half the recipe and use a 9” form. Even though the cake is large (at least for my standards) it tastes so good, that it was gone in 3 days and I had nobody over.

The key to all sponge cakes, I think, is to soak them through with syrup. You can never have enough syrup. The more syrup you use, the better the cake is in the end. I just recently read that one can soak the cake with the help of a syringe.

I tried this technique when I made this cake and it came out to be much easier than using a spoon. You can distribute the syrup more evenly with the syringe, so I can strongly recommend using one.

I hope that you will enjoy this sponge cake recipe as much as I did.

Sponge Cake Recipe

For the cake:
• 8 large eggs
• 300 g sugar (1 ½ cup)
• 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
• Zest from organic lemon
• 250 g flour (1 2/3 cup)
• 50 g potato flour (1.8 oz)
• 1 pinch of salt

For the syrup:
• 250 ml water
• 100 g sugar (1/2 cup)

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C)

Prepare the cake:
• Using an electric mixer, mix the eggs, sugar, vanilla sugar, and lemon zest until warm by placing them in a bowl, suspended over simmering water. Make sure that the water does not touch the mixing bowl.
• Move the eggs and sugar mixture to your tabletop mixer bowl and using the large whisk, beat them for at least 5 minutes or until it cools off.
• Once the mixture has cooled off, add the flour, the potato flour and salt. Mix in with a spatula or with the large mixing whisk for a couple of seconds.
• Pour the batter into a well greased and floured form (23cm x 7cm – 11” x 2.5“).
• Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 20 minutes and then at 340°F (170°C) for another 20 minutes. Do not open the oven before the first 40 minutes are up. Check for doneness with a long toothpick before you take out the cake.

Prepare the syrup:
• Combine sugar and water in a small sauce pot and cook until it boils and all the sugar has dissolved, stirring from time to time.
• Take it off the heat.

Prepare the cake:
• Let the cake cool off.
• Cut it into layers.
• Soak the bottom layer with the syrup.
• Smear the soaked layer with cream of your choice (ex. Vanilla cream).
• Place the top layer onto it.
• Soak the top layer with syrup.
• Garnish the top as you like (ex. Cover the top with apricots jam, place strawberries or raspberries on top).
• Enjoy!

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Here is the homemade sponge cake recipe comment written by my visitors:

Jan 22, 2011
Rating: Great
Did you enjoy this easy cake recipe? YES
Were the directions easy to follow? YES

Irena from the USA wrote: “I like to use the recipes which are in this page. I like as well modify them slightly. I did it in the case of this one. The cake itself was delicious but instead of any cream I used just strawberries jam and some chopped almonds. I added as well a little lemon juice to the syrup. The result was quite good.”

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