Sponge cakes can be tricky and for some folks perfect sponge cake is still a mystery.
But with this classic Italian sponge cake recipe it just CAN’T go wrong.
Soft, delicate and fluffy it’s perfect sponge base for any cake.
But even in its plain version it’s absolutely irresistible.
Just dust it with powdered sugar and serve with a hot cup of coffee ☕ (or tea 🍵)
Note, there’s no soda or baking powder added in this cake!
Yet it turns out absolutely amazing and I’m sharing ALL the secrets to it below ⬇
Few simple ground rules that are not to be broken.
Follow them to a T and you’ll have a perfect sponge cake every single time. Guaranteed!
- Beat eggs and sugar for 10 to 15 minutes, NOT less. You’ll notice how they become considerably thicker close to 15 minute mark. The batter should be very foamy and puffy, not runny. This is THE secret to a SUPER fluffy sponge cake WITHOUT baking powder.
- Add in the flour and corn starch gradually.
- Always sift flour and corn starch before incorporating it into the eggs. Fold it well and thouroughly to make sure there’s no flour left at the bottom on on the sides of the bowl.
- Bake the cake once the batter is ready. Never let it sit for too long.
- Always place sponge cake in a preheated to 320F oven.
- Never open the oven door to check on the cake until towards the end.
EXTRA TIP: use a stand mixer to the eggs. You can still do it just as well with hand-held one.
Now your turn 😉
Italian Sponge Cake
- 5 eggs room temperature
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ½ cup flour
- ½ corn starch
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 320F.
- Beat eggs with a pinch of salt until foamy. Start adding sugar a few tablespoons at a time. Add next portion once previous sugar has been dissolved.
- Continue beating egg and sugar mix for 10 more minutes (should take around 15 minutes total).
Stand mixer will be really handy.
- Mix corn starch with flour.Start sifting in corn starch and flour mix into the beaten eggs. Fold it gently moving your spatula from the bottom to the top. Once first portion of flour mix is incorporated, add in another portion. Continue until you have used all the mix.As a result you should get very light and airy batter.
- Grease and flour the baking pan, remove access flour.Or use a parchment paper liner instead.
- Pour in the sponge cake batter into the pan.
Level with a spatula if needed.
- Bake in a preheated to 320F oven for 40-50 minutes.
- Do a toothpick test at 40 minute mark. If toothpick come out dry (not sticky and without any crumbs stuck to it) sponge cake is ready. Otherwise leave for another 5-10 minutes.
Of course, look for nice light golden brown color as well.
- Take the pan out of the oven and let the cake cool before taking it out.
Dust with powdered sugar and serve or use further in the other recipe.
Did you know: In Italian name for sponge cake is “pan di spagna”
You can make all sort of cakes with this plain base.
And here’s one of my favorite one: Lemon Layer Cake with Mascarpone And Lemon Curd