Basic Sponge Cake

Basic Sponge Cake

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Oh, can’t imagine life without a basic sponge! Indeed, whether you want to make a simple cake, or an elaborate one for a special occasion, its success depends entirely on the Basic Sponge Cake.

Here is a basic sponge recipe, which uses eggs. Its softness, and the rich flavour of vanilla are very enjoyable, and you will find this sponge suitable for plenty of marvelous creations. You can try these out - Tiramisu , Cassata , Cardamom Orange Cake , Fresh Fruit Gateau , Gateau Citronella .

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Basic Sponge Cake recipe - How to make Basic Sponge Cake

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Baking Time:  35 minutes   Baking Temperature:  200°C (400°F)   Total Time:     Makes 1 cake
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1 1/2 cups plain flour (maida)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1 cup powdered sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
5 tbsp milk
  1. Sieve the plain flour and baking powder in a deep bowl and keep aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl, mix well using a spatula till smooth. Keep aside.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time and mix gently with help of a spatula.
  4. Finally, add the plain flour mixture, vanilla essence and milk and fold gently using a spatula.
  5. Grease and dust a175 mm. (7") diameter cake tin and transfer the batter into it.
  6. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200ºc (400ºf) for 30 minutes.
  7. Keep aside to cool slightly. Demould and use as required.

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Nutrient values per cake
Energy2413 cal
Protein39.3 g
Carbohydrates270.8 g
Fiber0.5 g
Fat128 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A5067.2 mcg
Vitamin B10.4 mg
Vitamin B20.7 mg
Vitamin B34.2 mg
Vitamin C0.8 mg
Folic Acid109.9 mcg
Calcium276.5 mg
Iron7.4 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium1086.9 mg
Potassium315.3 mg
Zinc1 mg

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Basic Sponge Cake
 on 10 Mar 18 12:01 PM

Hey ma''am I had a query that why chemicals are used in bakery cake, are those chemicals important to make perfect sponge cake?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Hema, We do not know if they use and why, but this sponge cake comes out really good, try it...
10 Mar 18 12:58 PM
Basic Sponge Cake
 on 28 Dec 17 11:05 PM

Hello ma''am...i finally tried this recipe today...lovely cake turned out really kids loved the cake...i only had a couple of queries (1) my cake became a bit dry.(2) 3/4 cup butter means how much in gms(3) the cake crust was a bit hard n the cake had many cracks there any way to avoid this so we can get a uniform flat top layer for the cake..thx
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Tarla Dalal    Hi.. Sanyogita.. the cake turns dry.. because of over baking. 3/4 cup will be approx. 180 gms. Because the cake had over baked.. it was dry and hard from inside.. If there are cracks.. no issue.. you can just cut the top portion slightly using a sharp knife. But still would advise you to make it again.. and try.
29 Dec 17 04:38 PM
Basic Sponge Cake
 on 15 Dec 17 10:55 AM

excellent recipe. thanks a lot.
Basic Sponge Cake
 on 04 Oct 17 08:12 PM

Basic Sponge Cake
 on 13 Sep 17 06:56 PM

Hi ma''am I like your all recipes. only one doubt in this recipe is 1 cup=? grams?/ml? Thank you
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, It is approx 200 gms/ ml but the best way is to buy a set of measuring cups and spoons..they will be very helpful to you...
14 Sep 17 08:43 AM
Basic Sponge Cake
 on 27 Jul 17 05:13 PM

This look ridiculously good.I absolutely love cake.Thanks to share your step by step cake recipe.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi, thank you for your kind words.
27 Jul 17 05:25 PM
Basic Sponge Cake
 on 30 May 17 08:54 PM

I want to try this recipe but I want to ask what can I use in place of eggs and what quantity ???
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Tarla Dalal    We have lots of Eggless Sponge Cake recipes. Try
01 Jun 17 01:01 PM
Basic Sponge Cake
 on 20 May 17 01:13 PM

I must be pleased for sharing your ideas. Thank you for the good writes up. It’s a brilliant job.
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Tarla Dalal    Really great hear such kind words from your side and happy to know your loved the write up''s. Happy Cooking!!!
20 May 17 02:20 PM
Basic Sponge Cake
 on 05 May 17 11:57 PM

Finally I baked the basic sponge cake ?? But I think somewhere I did mistake cos my cake top layer was bit hard or crusty n while swallowing the cake felt bit dry ... dono what went wrong either with the batter or while baking ??
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Shobna, Just follow the recipe exactly and bake in a middle shelf. Make sure the batter is not thick and of dropping consistency.
06 May 17 08:36 AM
Basic Sponge Cake
 on 23 Jan 17 11:22 AM

Can i cook the same recipe in a Rice cooker?
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Bishwajeet, we have not tried making it in the rice cooker.
23 Jan 17 04:50 PM
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