SPONGE CAKE

My absolute favorite type of cake is SPONGE CAKE! Especially when it is now out of the oven!

This cake has many variations but here is my simple sponge cake recipe. You will notice that I am using condensed milk in this recipe! The extra sweetness from it just adds extra ‘yumminess’ to the cake so be sure to try it!

YIELD: 8 inch or 9 inch pan depending on the thickness you want

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8oz unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp JGM Products ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2/3 cup condensed milk
  • Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine flour, baking powder and cinnamon powder. Mix well. Set aside.
  2. Add butter and sugar to a bowl and beat using a cake mixer until light and fluffy (approx. 5-7 minutes).
  3. Add eggs one at a time. Once each egg is properly mixed in, add the other.
  4. Mix in vanilla essence and condensed milk.
  5. Carefully fold in or mix in flour mixture until properly incorporated.
  6. Place in a greased baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees in the middle rack of the oven for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the cake.
  7. Enjoy your homemade sponge cake!

NOTES:

  • Step 2 is critical in ensuring a light and spongy cake. Be sure to properly cream the butter and sugar before moving on tot the next step.
  • You can add as much spice as you like. You can also add nutmeg as well.
  • Sometimes I bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes then I reduce the heat to 340 degrees and continue baking for another 25 minutes depending on the pan I am using.
  • Add flour slowly and in small amounts. Over mixing can result in a stiff cake.
  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature as this helps mixing and blending everything better.
  • Use lighter color baking pans if possible as the darker colors tend the heat up kore and can burn around the edges of your cake.
  • You can also place a small tray with water at the bottom of the oven on a shelf. The Steam helps the cake to rinse nicely and also adds some moisture.
  • You can also add coloring to make a marble cake. To do this, divide the cake batter into small amounts (depending on the number of colors you want). Add a few drops of coloring and properly mix it in. Add all colored cake batter to the baking dish and using a knife or fork, swirl. Do not mix entirely as it can result in all colors coming together to form a totally different and sometimes ‘not pleasing’ color.

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