August 23 is National Sponge Cake Day!
Sponge cake is a European-style cake that contains little fat and is based on flour, sugar and eggs, though it is sometimes leavened with baking powder. Sponge cake is made by whipping egg whites until stiff peaks form, beating egg yolks with sugar until thick, adding other ingredients into the egg yolks, and gently folding the egg whites into the batter.
Because of their flexibility after baking but before cooling, sponge cakes are often used to make rolled cakes, such as jelly rolls. The basic sponge cake recipe is also used to make other desserts, including ladyfingers, trifles, tiramisu, madeleines and strawberry shortcake.
Celebrate National Sponge Cake Day by enjoying a slice of sponge cake or making your own. New to making sponge cake? Learn all the techniques for making a perfect sponge cake by clicking here, then try out one of these recipes:
Did You Know…that the Victoria sponge cake, a classic British cake, was named after Queen Victoria? She often enjoyed a slice with her afternoon tea. A Victoria sponge cake is made from a similar recipe as traditional sponge cake but contains additional fat and consists of jam and cream sandwiched between two sponge cakes.
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