Old Fashioned Sponge Cake

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

Just a simple sponge, quick and easy.


  1. Beat egg whites stiff.
  2. Beat yolks one at a time adding the sugar 1/2 at a time.
  3. Add vinegar.
  4. Add flavoring.
  5. Fold in measured dry ingredients.
  6. Gently fold in beaten egg whites.
  7. Pour into greased tube pan and bake for approx 25 min at 350 degrees.
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Just a simple, classic sponge cake. I made cupcakes. I used lemon juice instead of vinegar. The yolk and sugar mixture was really stiff. Not only was it butter-colored; it had the texture of thick butter mixed with sugar, so that when the flour was added the resulting texture was very stiff like shortbread dough. Then I had to mix the delicate egg whites into this! I was convinced they were going to collapse. In fact, the cakes rose beautifully. There were a few streaks of thicker egg-yolk batter in the cakes. For the most part, though, they had quite a nice flavor and texture. This recipe had no aftertaste of chemical leavening, and, unlike recipes I have tried that included hot water or hot milk, it wasn't the least bit sticky.

Nose March 03, 2005