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The Perfect Sponge Cake Recipe


Sponge cake is one of the pillars of Italian pastry, a soft and spongy base that lends itself to endless variations and fillings. Whether it’s a birthday cake, a special occasion dessert, or a simple snack, sponge cake is always a winning choice. In this article, I will present you with the perfect recipe to make a tall, soft, and delicately flavored sponge cake, perfect for all your sweet creations.

Ingredients for a 24 cm (9.5 inch) Sponge Cake

  • 5 eggs at room temperature
  • 150 g (3/4 cup) of granulated sugar
  • 130 g (1 cup) of all-purpose flour
  • 30 g (1/4 cup) of potato starch
  • Grated zest of lemon or orange (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) (160°C/320°F for a convection oven).
  2. Separate the egg yolks and whites into two different bowls. Whip the egg whites into stiff peaks with a pinch of salt.
  3. Add the sugar to the egg yolks and whip the mixture until it becomes light and fluffy.
  4. Sift the flour and potato starch, then gently fold them into the yolk and sugar mixture, mixing from the bottom up to avoid losing volume.
  5. Finally, fold in the whipped egg whites, still mixing from the bottom up.
  6. Pour the batter into a 24 cm (9.5 inch) round baking pan, greased and floured.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the sponge cake is golden on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Allow the cake to cool completely before filling and decorating.

Tips and Variations

  • To obtain a taller sponge cake, you can use a baking pan with higher sides.
  • Add the grated zest of lemon or orange to flavor the batter.
  • You can substitute part of the flour with cocoa powder to make a chocolate sponge cake.
  • Fill the sponge cake with creams, fresh fruit, jams, or any other desired filling.

Follow this recipe step by step, and you will obtain a perfect sponge cake, ready to be transformed into delicious cakes and desserts!