Thursday, January 21, 2010

Simple Vanilla Sponge Cake Recipe

My favorite sponge cake recipe from Nita Mehta. This recipe works very well for me, as it is very easy to make and keeps well out of the fridge for 2-3 days. You could also freeze the cake and use it for any recipe which calls for a sponge - Cake fudge, Ice Cream cake, Cake Trifle or any other cake based dessert.


Flour 1.5 cups
Powdered Sugar 1 1/4 cup
Oil 3/4 cup
Eggs 4 large(Use 5 eggs if they are very small)
Baking powder 2 tsp
Vanilla Essence 1 tsp

 Pre heat oven to 180 degrees C

Sift flour and  baking powder twice. Beat eggs till almost 3 times in volume. Add essence and sugar and beat again till mixture is frothy . Pour in the oil slowly beating all the while.  Fold the flour mixture gently into the egg mixture. Pour into a greased tin lined with butter paper. Rap the tin against the kitchen counter a couple of times. This will help the air bubbles settle down and give a flatter cake surface.

Bake at 180 degrees for about 25-30 minutes. The cake will shrink away from the sides of the pan when ready. It will also be springy to the touch. A skewer or knife inserted in the middle should come out clean. If some batter sticks to the skewer, return the tin to the oven and bake for 5 minutes more. Remove from oven when done.

Remove the pan from the oven and keep it aside for at least 15 minutes to cool. Do not try to remove the cake from the pan when its hot as the cake will stick to the pan. When cool, run a knife around the edges of the cake, invert on a wire rack, give a sharp tap on the back of the pan and ease the cake out. Peel the butter paper carefully. Leave aside to cool for some more time. Viola! Ready for further processing!

Happy Baking! Try this out and let me know how you liked it.

Please Note:

1.Over beating the eggs will result in a heavy dense cake.
2. Always mix in the flour into the egg mixture very lightly, but quickly. This is to retain the air in the beaten    eggs, which will result in a light, fluffy cake. Always mix with a metal spoon in one direction.
3. Once the batter is ready  immediately put it into the cake tin and put in the pre heated oven. If not, the texture of the cake will get affected.
4. Always fill a cake tin 2/3 of the volume of the same. This will give the cake ample space to rise. More than this amount of batter will result in the batter overflowing form the tin or will result in a dense cake.


Ramya said...

Hi Suma,
I've started baking recently and today happened to be my bday so wanted to try sponge cake.. Ur vanilla sponge cake recipe worked perfect..i added some orange rind while beating eggs/sugar with vanilla. It gave a perfect orange sponge cake...and then i used orange juice to soak them and finally used whipped cream with orange juice. Came out a nice orange gateau. Thanks a lot
Will update my pic in my blog.


Anonymous said...

hi Suma...

had tried this recipe n finally i could make a soft cake...everytime sometime or d other goes wrong with but this time it was too hubby loved it many thanx for sharing d recipe...will try more of ur recipes....but my cake took almost an hr to get ready n also d upper crust had become very hard...dont know where did i go is because i used food processor for mixing d indegrient instead of hands...

thanks a ton again


kavya said...

Hi Suma

Thankyou very much for sharing this vanilla sponge cake. It is very very tasty and really spongy.As you said this cake can be kept out of fridge for 2,3 days and so i have tried this cake. It came out very well. Next month during Christmas vacation i am planning to go to my brother place.Travelling takes nearly 26hours train journey.If i prepare this cake in the morning (train time afternoon)and after it gets cooled, can i wrap this cake with plastic wrapper and if i keep this cake in airtight box princeware brand will it be sufficient to store? Or can you suggest me any other storing method for this cake.
I wanted to show this cake taste to kids.
Can you suggest me any other cake which can be stored for 2,3 days out of fridge?

Thankyou very much in advance.

Bharathi AV said...

Dear Suma,
Rithika and I made the vanila cake and simply loved it. You have made baking easy!

Kanwal said...

Hi ! Tried this cake it came out great... But it took nearly a hour to bake.

Nikita Khot said...

Hi Suma....I tried this one & it was yummy.....simply tasty....Thanks

vikas kumar said...

i have never made or eaten these type of cakes before. Yours look fantastic – I will have to give them a try. As for forgetting, it happens to me all the time. I think I will one day forget my own name ...

vikas kumar said...

I have never made cakes before. Yours look fantastic – I will have to give them a try.

bharathi priya said...

Hi Suma!

I tried this cake and it turned out awesome. This is a very simple recipe with simple ingredients. You hav definitely make baking easy. I tried it out in a cake pan.I want to do it in a muffin pan. Can I use the same batter to pour in my muffin pan?will it still turn out well...

Thanks again

Suma Rowjee said...

@Bharathi - Am glad ! Yes, it should work well in muffin molds too. The baking time will be much lesser depending on the size of the muffin hole and amount of batter in each.

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