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Sponge Cake

This recipe come from my mother in law. It is a family favorite. A very light lemon flavored sponge cake. Delicious plain or served with berries and cream. It can also split and filled with your favorite filling, then frosted or glazed.

-1 cup cake flour, or regular flour sifted 3 times
-6 eggs, separated
-1 cup sugar
-1/4 cup water
-1/2 tsp cream of tartar
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp vanilla
-1/2 tsp lemon extract

Glaze-as shown:
-2 cups icing sugar
-1 tsp hot tap water
-1 tsp grated lemon rind, or 1/2 tsp lemon juice
In a small bowl whisk together adding drops of hot water until you get a thick but pourable mixture. Slowly pour glaze over cake letting it run down the sides.

Using a medium bowl and a larger one separate the eggs, putting the yolks into the larger bowl.
1)Beat egg whites with 1/4 cup of the sugar and the cream of tartar. Beat well until stiff high peaks form. Set aside.
2)Beat egg yolks, adding the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar and beat until thick and creamy in colour. Add salt, vanilla and lemon extract.
3)Add flour 1/4 cup at a time drizzling the water into the batter with each addition of the flour.
4)Add the egg whites to the flour mixture and using a spatula, gently fold in the whites.
5)Put batter into and ungreased tube pan and bake in pre-heated 300ยบ oven for 1 hour.
Do not open the door to the oven when baking .
When cake is done, invert tube pan and cool completely. I find that inverting the pan by balancing it on a cup helps to keep the top of the cake from touching anything.
To remove from pan, run a knife around the outside and the tube and the cake will slide right out. Run the knife along the bottom, turn over and place on cake plate. Glaze.
Wrapped well, this cake (unglazed) freezes for up to a month.


  1. Our family loves sponge cakes and I had no idea it could be made so simply. I will definately try this. Thank you for sharing :)

  2. Oh my this cake looks delicious, Great photo Kathy!

  3. oh this looks great!, can't wait to give it a try~

  4. Looks 'simply' delicious, my kind of wonderful.

  5. Kathy...that is one pretty cake. I bet it tastes yummy, too.

  6. Kathy, this cakes is very much like a recipe I have from my mom - made as a cake or a jelly roll. I like that it has no fat in it. Very good with a pudding or fruit filling. I like how you just put a simple lemon glaze on it.

  7. Looks so delicious. It reminds me the the cake my mom used to make when we had extra egss from the chickens.

  8. I can't wait to try your recipe. . maybe I'll wait for my oven at home though.

  9. My Grandma used to make a cake just like this and I loved it! I can't wait to bake it myself! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  10. That sounds and looks good.Have a great weekend.

  11. You have my mouth watering... if it wasn't the middle of the night I think I would be trying out this recipe :-)

  12. delicious cake - best sponge cake i have ever made - used orange juice instead of water and had it with whipped cream and fresh Chilliwack strawberries

  13. is there anything i could use instead of cream of tartar becouse i cant get it here where i live :(

    1. I found this, hope it helps


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