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Basic Sponge Cake with Boiled Icing

By PutoPinoy on Thursday, June 07, 2007 At Thursday, June 07, 2007

The sponge cake has a foam or sponge-like texture, which results from the addition of well-beaten eggs. It often comes in the form of jelly rolls and birthday cakes.


A. Batter:
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

B. Boiled Icing:
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup egg white
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • electric mixer
  • bowls
  • spoon
  • rubber scrapper
  • baking pans
  • cake decorator
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons


A. Batter

1. Place egg yolk in a bowl. Add water, vanilla and 1/4 tsp salt. Set aside.

2. In another bowl, beat egg white and cream of tartar at a high speed. Add 1/3 sugar gradually while beating until mixture becomes stiff but not dry. (The mixture must be shiny and when beater is lifted, should form stiff cones with pointed peaks). Set aside.

3. Beat the egg yolk mixture with a wooden spoon. Add 1 cup sugar gradually while beating. Continue beating until mixture becomes thick and light colored.

4. Add flour gradually, beating well after each addition. This is now your egg yolk mixture. Fold in egg yolk mixture to the egg white mixture. With spatula, "cut" egg white mixture as you pour the egg yolk mixture and turn it over so that the bottom and top portions will be mix thoroughly.

5. Pour batter into an ungreased rectangular pan. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. To check if the cake is done, touch it lightly with your fingers; it should spring back. You may insert a cake tester or toothpick into the cake; the tester should come out dry and clean. Let it cool.

6. There are many kinds of icing that maybe used for sponge cakes. One of the most popular is boiled icing.

Boiled Icing

  1. Cook the syrup. Combine 3 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Heat to 240°F. Stir continuously so the sugar will not burn. Set aside.
  2. Beat 3/4 cup of egg white and 1/2 tsp vanilla together at a high speed for minutes using an electric mixer. Add hot syrup. Continue beating until stiff but not dry.
  3. Cover the entire cake with boiled icing. You may also decorate the cake using a cake decorator.
  4. You may also add food coloring to the icing to make your cake more attractive.