Vanilla Sponge Cake

This recipe is used in our Passion Fruit and Lime Cake.

  • Yield: Makes two 9-inch-round-by-1 3/4-to-2-inch-high cake layers

Photography: Romulo Yanes

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2013


  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup plus 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom and sides of two 9-inch-round-by-2-inch-high pans with vegetable oil spray; line bottom of each pan with parchment paper, spray again, then dust each pan with flour, knocking out excess; set aside.

  2. In small bowl, sift together flour and cornstarch; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg yolks, vanilla, and 3/4 cup sugar on high until thick and pale, about 3 minutes. Transfer egg-yolk mixture to a large bowl. Wash and dry mixer bowl and whisk attachment.

  4. Combine egg whites and salt in the mixer bowl, and beat on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 1 1/2 minutes. With mixer running, slowly add remaining 6 tablespoons sugar. Continue beating until stiff and glossy, about 1 minute.

  5. Fold egg-white mixture into egg-yolk mixture. In three additions, fold reserved flour mixture into egg mixture. Equally divide batter between cake pans and smooth tops with a spatula. Bake until light golden brown and until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean, 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer pans to wire racks to cool; turn out cakes, remove parchment paper, and wrap in plastic wrap until ready to use.

Cook's Notes

The cakes can be made ahead, cooled completely, and frozen for up to 2 weeks. Thaw completely at room temperature before using.


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