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Orange Sponge Cake Recipe

Orange Sponge Cake

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"Why not try this citrus cake on a very hot summer day?"

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Original recipe makes 1 9-inch round cake Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9 inch round pan.
  2. Separate the eggs while cold, then bring to room temperature.
  3. Beat egg yolks, sugar and grated orange rind until light and fluffy. Mix flour and baking powder together. Alternately add flour mixture and orange juice to the egg yolk mixture.
  4. In a separate large CLEAN bowl, with a CLEAN whisk or beaters, beat egg whites to stiff peaks, and fold into batter.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 50 to 60 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 08, 2005

This is a very easy cake to cook. Quite large. Beautiful cake to eat. I use an orange icing which consists of icing sugar, orange juice and orange zest. They go really well together.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 23, 2005

All the reviews were so good but i don't know why mine turn not not light and spongy enough. When i pour the flour into the egg yolk mixture, the batter was very thick, like a dough. I wonder is it because the eggs need to be very large? Can anyone offer me some advice? I think more eggs should be added. Overall, the taste was good.


47 Ratings

Mar 17, 2008

The key to a light and fluffy sponge cake is to make sure to gently fold the egg whites that have been stiffly beaten into the rest of the batter. The only things I whip together are the eggs, sugar, zest and oj. I then stir in the flour/baking powder and then gently fold in the whites. You should also NEVER grease the pan with a sponge cake and allow it to cool upsidedown for 1 1/2 - 2 hours in the pan before removing. Works very well in a tube pan-this particular recipe may need to be doubled for that.

May 26, 2007

Well, the 1st time I made this, I wasn't too crazy about it. Now, after making it a few times, I've perfected the recipe and made it even healthier! First, you can half the amount of sugar and make it just as delicious. Then, I double the orange zest, add 2 tbsp. of lemon zest, fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp. of honey, and extra orange juice. After it's done baking, I like to serve it with some fat free ice cream. It's delicious!

Jan 19, 2010

I have not made this cake yet, but from what I can tell, it's a good one. For those of you complaining about it being too dry, ITS A SPONGE CAKE! Sponge cakes are supposed to be dry, that's why they're called sponge cakes. If you wanted something moist, maybe you should make a regular cake. But above all else, do NOT add oils and fats to a sponge cake, it will not rise properly. Also, don't grease the cake pan, if you do, it will become dense after coming out of the oven. If you're not sure if you can trust me, I'm a patisserie and baking student at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. So, unlike those people that were complaining about the cake being too dry, I actually know what I'm talking about.

Aug 23, 2003

A very light cake full of flavor

Mar 04, 2005

Perfect - a really straightforward recipe that produces a delicious cake. I have made it twice now and added 2 T of a chunky homemade marmalade for even more flavour (I also reduce the sugar slightly to just under 1 cup to compensate for the extra sweetness of the jam). I like to slice it in half and spread it with whipped cream that has had 100g of melted dark chocolate whipped into it. I then ice it with a dark drizzly chocolate icing. You could also spoon a little Grand Marnier onto the bottom layer before you put the cream on. This was my solution to a request for a Chocolate/Orange birthday cake!

Jun 25, 2005

Delicious! I whipped up this cake in no time yesterday. I served it today, and it was still super soft and yummy. I double-wrapped it in plastic wrap because sponge cakes can dry out easily. I used the zest and juice of one medium California naval orange. I used a square baking pan instead of a round one. It smelled awesome coming out of the oven! I didn't think it tasted very orange-y, but my family members thought it was perfect. I might add more zest next time. I would definitely make this again!


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  • Calories
  • 144 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.8 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 46 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 1.4 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 99 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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