How To Make Basic Sponge Cake Recipe | Step By Step Recipe

Sponge Cake reminds me of my high school days. Though few years after this period, I stopped eating eggs, I still remember those days I spent beating the eggs for Ammamma, who used to make this cake for us during holidays. We had these wonderful folks for neighbours and I spent some of my best years at their home. Besides being an excellent cook, Ammamma was a jolly good person. She loved cooking for her grandchildren. And I was glad she took me into the fold as well. Since I never could spend that many days at my own grandmom’s place, this was my foster grandmom’s home.
She used to make those typical Sponge Cake with about 6 eggs, I don’t remember how much of flour went into it. But what remains predominate in memory, is the fact she used to ask us to beat the egg along with flour. Our arms used to ache in the end. But she used to say the more you beat it, the better cake you have in hand. In the end of the hurdle we were awarded with huge slices of soft, spongy Sponge cake. Of course it used to disappear right away and we used to wonder why the pain remains!
Coming to this recipe, I am not sure if it’s exactly the same proportions used, but it did look similar. And I was remembering those childhood days while baking this cake.

Step by Step Recipe:

Separate the egg white, beat the egg white till it foams. Add Vanilla essence to the liquid

Shift the flour with baking powder and salt and keep it aside.

Get the butter to room temperature.

Cut into slabs

Using a spatula, beat it in a bowl

Continue beating till the butter turns soft.

Add icing sugar at this stage and continue beating it.

See the way it turns thick at this stage so continue beating it in one direction.

Continue beating till you see this look this way.

At this stage add the egg whites and gently fold in.

Slowly fold in the egg and mix in one direction.

Mix in the flour and gently stir.

Continue doing it with egg and flour



Until you complete both

Grease the baking pan and dust with flour.

Shift the batter into the pan

Pat the batter down, don’t use any spoon.

Pre heat the oven at 185 deg C and bake the cake for 30 mins.


Check to see if the knife inserted comes out clean.

Allow it to rest

once done and the slice into pieces.

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Basic Sponge Cake
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Course Snacks
Cuisine American
By Cook Method Oven
Occasion Holiday Special
Dish Type Cakes with Eggs
Course Snacks
Cuisine American
By Cook Method Oven
Occasion Holiday Special
Dish Type Cakes with Eggs
Votes: 5
Rating: 4.2
Rate this recipe!
  1. Grease a baking pan with butter and dust it with flour, keep it aside.
  2. Shift the flour along with baking powder, and salt in a big bowl, keep aside.
  3. Separate the egg whites and take the egg whites in a bowl. Beat well till it is foamy and forms peaks. Add the Vanilla essence and gently mix in.
  4. Get the butter to room temperature and beat well using a spatula until it turns really soft.
  5. Then add the icing sugar and continue beating it. Do this till you see the butter turning soft.
  6. At this stage add half of the egg whites. Combine everything well slowly.
  7. Add the shifted flour and gently fold it in one direction. Gently fold in the rest of the egg white mixture. Finally add the remaining flour. Gently fold everything together.
  8. Preheat the oven at 185 degree C.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin.
  10. Bake at 185 Degree C / 365 degrees F for about 30 minutes till cake springs back when touched lightly in the center.
  11. Invert the pan and let it cool. Remove the cake from the pan once it is cooled.
  12. Slice it into small pieces
  13. Serve warm.

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  1. Getting the basic cake perfected like this is sometimes the most difficult- you did a great job here. Great pictorials for beginners..

  2. Reminds me of my mom's cake. Till the end she was never convinced that we can use the mixer.

    I remember beating the mix for her then after she put the mixture to bake licking the batter off the bowl. It tasted divine.

    Ho those were the days.
    Thanks for the post.

  3. Hi srivalli

    Have been a silent reader of your blog. Your blog is wonderful. have tried few of your recipes and all turned our delicious. now iam new to baking and yet to decide on whether to purchase a OTG or Microwave to try baking.. pls adv

  4. Anon Thanks for delurking and commenting on the blog. Glad you found the recipes good. For your question, I would surely suggest Microwave as you will have both the cooking mode with you. I have cooked so many dishes in Microwave mode and found it very useful for many other things also. Now I have started back my baking and it's useful too. And there is the question of space in the kitchen. So if you want to choose, then go for microwave. Hope you get the best. Happy cooking!

  5. Enjoyed making this cake and i have posted in my blog too valli… thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe… it is really useful for beginners like me in baking…:)

  6. hey there, tried this recipe today and it turned out to be better than I expected. And mind you, this was my first time at baking a cake. So you deserve a big thank you! 🙂

  7. Anon My oven does the pre heat automatically. So I simply click on the temp and it does. So you should check if thats the same. Else maybe you can pre heat for 10 to 15 mins.

  8. @SRIVALLI WOW! Thanx a lot for a easy step by step recipe.The cake came out very well,though it was my first bake and boosted my confidence in baking…..all cheers to u

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