Basic Sponge Cake

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Basic Sponge Cake recipe - How to make Basic Sponge Cake

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For large cake
3 large eggs
85 gms self raising flour (or plain flour (maida) can be used adding 3/4 tsp baking powder)
115 gms sugar
4 tbsp melted butter or margarine

FOr small cake
2 large sized eggs
55 gms self raising flour ( or plain flour (maida) can be used adding 1/2 tsp baking powder)
85 gms sugar
3 tbsp melted butter or margarine
  1. Sieve the flour.
  2. Grease and dust a baking tin. Use approx. 250 mm. x 125 mm. ( 10 "x 5") or 175mm. (7") diameter tin for the large cake; and 225 mm.x 100 mm. (9" x 4") or 150 mm. (6") diameter tin for the small cake.
  3. Beat the eggs and sugar very well until thick and double in quantity.
  4. Fold in the well-sieved flour carefully and gently with a metal spoon.
  5. Fold in 2 tablespoon of hot water (11/2 tablespoons for the small cake) and the butter.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin.
  7. Bake in a hot oven at 400°F for 15 minutes.
  8. The cake is ready when it leaves the sides of the tin and is springy to touch.
  9. Take out from the oven and leave for 1 minute.Invert the tin over a rack and tap sharply to remove.

  2. Proceed as for basic vanilla sponge but reduce the self-raising flour quantity by 15 grams and use instead 15 grams and use instead 15 grams cocoa.

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Basic Sponge Cake
 on 24 Jun 16 03:19 PM

Can we add coffee to make a coffee cake in this cake?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Praniti, Yes you can add little coffee powder...
24 Jun 16 05:08 PM
Basic Sponge Cake
 on 13 Apr 16 11:11 PM

what does gms stand for?
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Tarla Dalal    Stands for grams. Thanks for asking.
14 Apr 16 10:30 AM
Basic Sponge Cake
 on 21 Mar 16 03:48 PM

Can we do the same receipe in microwave? If yes at what temperature and for how many minutes?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Vidya, you can use this below recipe to make the sponge in the microwave
21 Mar 16 04:03 PM
Basic Sponge Cake
 on 19 Feb 16 12:36 PM

Don''t we need to preheat the oven
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Kavita, Yes you need to preheat the oven. We have one more recipe for sponge cake, here is the link Do try the recipe and give us your feedback..
19 Feb 16 04:37 PM
Basic Sponge Cake
 on 08 Jan 16 11:43 AM

The cake turned out perfectly soft. Although I added few drop soft vanilla essence and I fond the cake to be a little sweet for my taste. So next time I am going to reduce the sugar measurement a little.
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Tarla Dalal    Thank you Sneha Bagri for your review... Sweetness always depends on person to person, so you can always reduce the sugar as per your taste... Do try more and more recipes and let us know how they turned out.... Happy Cooking !!!
08 Jan 16 02:28 PM
Basic Sponge Cake
 on 20 Aug 13 01:45 PM

Basic Sponge Cake
 on 07 Jan 12 12:08 PM

Basic Sponge Cake
 on 24 Nov 10 10:07 AM

I have tried this recipe for small cake and got very good fluffy cake. Good recipe.