Baking Classics: Sponge Cake

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The Technique

Sponge Cake

In general, sponge cake has a variety of uses in the kitchen. Once baked, they may be filled & rolled, cut & enrobed in icing or layered with mousse & ganache in pastry rings for lovely plated dessert creations. The Classic Sponge Cake detailed in this tutorial was actually developed for a very specific use so it is thin, only rising approximately 1/8-inch. It is designed to be filled & rolled however it may be cut into circles & stacked as well to serve as the base for a variety of petit four creations. The batter can just as easily be baked in smaller pans to produce layers with more height. Learn how to make this classic cake style in your very own kitchen.

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makes 2 {13 x 9-inch} cakes

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of kosher salt
4 eggs at room temperature, separated
2/3 cup granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 {13 x 9-inch} quarter sheet pans, line with parchment paper & lightly grease the paper. Set aside. Whisk together the flour, the baking powder & the salt in a small bowl. In a large bowl, beat the 4 egg whites with an electric mixer until billowy, stiff peaks form. In a separate bowl, beat the 4 egg yolks & the sugar 3 minutes or until a ribbon forms when the beater is lifted from the mixture while the mixer is off. Fold the flour mixture into the egg yolk mixture, then begin adding the egg whites to help loosen the batter. Continue folding until well incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pans & evenly spread it to each corner using a small off-set spatula. Drop the pans on the countertop a few inches above the surface several times to settle the air bubbles. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until just set in the center. Remove the pans from the oven. Let stand 5 minutes. The edges will begin to shrink away from the pan sides. Use as directed in specific recipe applications.

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How To Make Classic Sponge Cake

The key point to know regarding sponge cakes is that most formulas will be a bit sticky on the surface which can potentially lead to tearing once the cake is rolled or not being able to release it from a clean piece of parchment paper. Many times bakers will lightly dust the surface with powdered sugar to minimize the chance of issues but look to individual recipes to guide you as it can affect the final look of your creation.

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A few pieces of equipment will be needed in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe before beginning. Here’s what you should know. 

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Pour the batter into the prepared pans & evenly spread it to each corner using a small off-set spatula. Drop the pans on the countertop a few inches above the surface several times to settle the air bubbles.

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Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until just set in the center. Remove the pans from the oven. Let stand 5 minutes.

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The edges will begin to shrink away from the pan sides. Use as directed in specific recipe applications.

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One Response to Baking Classics: Sponge Cake

  1. Marrow February 27, 2020 at 9:31 am #

    Delicious as usual.

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