Sponge Cake #SpringSweetsWeek

My family’s Sponge Cake is just barely sweet, light with little pockets of air throughout. Enjoy it on it’s own for snack, afternoon tea, or dessert, or sweeten it with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

My family's Sponge Cake is just barely sweet, light with little pockets of air throughout. Enjoy it on it's own for snack, afternoon tea, or dessert, or sweeten it with fresh fruit and whipped cream.


Welcome to #SpringSweetsWeek 2020 hosted by my friends Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures! What better way to celebrate the warmer weather and flowers blooming than with food and a fun giveaway? 27 bloggers have come together to share over 100 sweet recipes perfect for spring. So stop thinking about cold (and snow, if you had any this year) and get ready to enjoy the best spring sweets like cupcakes, cookies, brownies, pies, and even beverages! Our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you so much to Dixie Crystals, Millican Pecan, Door County Coffee, Anolon, Deiss Kitchenware, Adams Extract, and Fresh April Sprinkles for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and would love if you would scroll down, take a moment, and read about the giveaway and the prizes you can win!

My family's Sponge Cake is just barely sweet, light with little pockets of air throughout. Enjoy it on it's own for snack, afternoon tea, or dessert, or sweeten it with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

This is my second year participating in #SpringSweetsWeek, and boy has spring come early! It made it easy to get into the baking spirit! If you were with me last year, I shared my family’s no-fuss Carrot Cake recipe, a fun Cottontail Chex Mix that the kiddos adored, a Spring Sugar Cookie Cake that disappeared quicker than I’d like to admit, and a healthier sweet – a Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie. I could have happily remade any of those again (and will definitely do so this spring), but this week, I have 3 new recipes to share with you.

My family's Sponge Cake is just barely sweet, light with little pockets of air throughout. Enjoy it on it's own for snack, afternoon tea, or dessert, or sweeten it with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

This year, despite the weather, the week is starting off on a heavier note – with many of us home or working in stressful situations as we all do our best to limit the spread of COVID-19. While it feels weird to be sharing lots of sweets this week, being in the kitchen is an important outlet for may at this time. So despite the gloom and doom of the world today, enjoy the beautiful spring weather we’ve been having, and perhaps welcome spring with one of the sweets that myself or my blogging friends are sharing this week.

Today, I’m kicking things off with a family recipe – Sponge Cake. I grew up with this being served most frequently at Christmas time. While it’s a cake, it’s not super sweet. Instead, it’s rich in vanilla flavor and light and airy. This cake is made from pantry staples, so even with limited options at the grocery store, you should be able to make this. While technically a cake, I grew up watching my grandfather eating it for breakfast, snack, and dessert, so go ahead! Indulge! And enjoy! 

My family's Sponge Cake is just barely sweet, light with little pockets of air throughout. Enjoy it on it's own for snack, afternoon tea, or dessert, or sweeten it with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Recipe Notes:

  • Unlike many baking recipes, eggs and milk do not need to be at room temperature. 
  • I used a non-stick 9×13 inch cake pan from our sponsor Anolon for this recipe. The pan from this set is the specific pan I have (affiliate link), and it’s a wonderfully heavy pan with rubber grips on the handles, just like the brownie pan that I used a few weeks ago for Peanut Butter Blondies. <3 these pans! After just one use, they immediately became my favorites.

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Sponge Cake

My family's sponge cake is just barely sweet, light with little pockets of air throughout. Enjoy it on it's own for snack, afternoon tea, or dessert, or sweeten it with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 20

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour sifted
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. milk I use 1% or 2%
  • 1 c. vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Spray bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat eggs and sugar until well combined. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low, just until you are certain that the ingredients won't splash out of the bowl.

  3. Increase speed to medium-low (#4 on a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer) and beat for 2 minutes. Turn off mixer and check batter - air bubbles should be starting to bubble up to surface. If there are no bubbles, continue beating for 30-60 seconds more, until you see those bubbles when the mixer is turned off.

  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 55-60 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

My family's Sponge Cake is just barely sweet, light with little pockets of air throughout. Enjoy it on it's own for snack, afternoon tea, or dessert, or sweeten it with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Check out today’s #SpringSweetsWeek recipes, followed by prize info!

Check out these great prizes and enter to win one!

Prize #1:  Millican Pecan is giving one winner a Tower of Treats!  The Tower of Treats is a beautiful and unique gift for that special friend, family member, client or associate. The tower includes 3 decorative gift tins stacked on top of each other. The bottom tin includes our 2 lb. Chocolate Pecan Sampler, the middle tin is our Flavored Pecan Sampler and the top tin is a 8 oz. tin of Milk Chocolate Caramillicans (similar to Turtles).

Millican Pecan began when E.E. Risien, founded the West Texas Pecan Nursery in the late 1800’s at the junction of the San Saba and Colorado Rivers.  He received much recognition for his experiments that altered the course of the pecan industry and helped to establish San Saba as the “Pecan Capital of the World.” From this location, they developed many great pecan varieties, as well as a prosperous orchard that serves our customers well, even to this day.  Today Millican Pecan is being run by the 5th generation, the one that launched the Millican Pecan website in 2002.  Visit https://millicanpecan.com/ to learn more about pecans, find delicious recipes, and buy their amazing pecans and pecan products.

Prize #2:  Door County Coffee is giving one winner 20 full-pots of coffee and a Door County Coffee mug.  Full pots will consist of seasonal flavors, flavored coffee, and non-flavored coffee. 

Door County Coffee & Tea Co. was founded in 1993 in Door County, Wisconsin.  It is a small, family-owned business, roasting coffee the old-fashioned way – in small batches to exacting specifications. The mission has always been to produce some of the best-tasting and highest quality coffee.  They have over 100 types of coffee, all of which are roasted right on site.  Visit https://www.doorcountycoffee.com/ to see their selection of coffees and teas as well as to find some fabulous recipes.

Prize #3:   Dixie Crystals is giving one winner a set of Nordic Ware Bundt Pans.  This set contains one Chiffon Bundt Pan and one Vaulted Cathedral Bundt Pan perfect for decorative baking.

Since 1917, Dixie Crystals® has been the South’s choice for high-quality sugar and sweeteners. Our pure cane sugar products are all natural, non-GMO and provide consistently delicious results.   Visit www.dixiecrystals.com for hundreds of recipes, holiday ideas, great ways to get kids baking in the kitchen, and plenty of baking videos.

Prize #4:  Anolon is giving one winner an Anolon Advanced 5 piece Bakeware set.  This nonstick bakeware set includes two 8 inch round cake pans, one 8 inch square cake pan, a 10 x 15 cookie pan, and a 9.25 x 14 cooling rack!   It’s the perfect set for any baker.

Established in 1950’s, Meyer Manufacturing started by making and selling flashlights.  In 1971 they started their journey into selling cookware and by 1986 they released the world’s first hard-anodized nonstick cookware that would revolutionize the world of home cooking because the nonstick surface didn’t flake or scratch easily.  Today they sell bakeware with nonstick interior and exterior that is made with a special blend of  sapphire-reinforced nonstick that is triple coated.  Visit https://anolon.com to see their selection of cookware, bakeware, tools, and to get amazing recipes.

Prize #5:  Fresh April Sprinkles is giving one winner their choice of three 4 ounce bags of sprinkles!   Winner can choose from favorites like the Birthday Party Blend, Cotton Candy Blend, Pink Lemonade Blend, and so many others!

Fresh April Sprinkles was founded in the summer of 2019 by Lynn April who runs the food blog Fresh April Flours.  They produce small batch, hand blended sprinkles in a suburb outside of Philadelphia.   Their sprinkle blends are carefully crafted with beautiful desserts in mind and can be  company based out of a suburb of Philadelphia. Our sprinkle blends are carefully crafted with beautiful desserts in mind and can be custom blended just for you!  Visit https://freshaprilsprinkles.com to see the collection of sprinkles available or to find recipes from Lynn!

Prize #6:  Adams Extract is giving one winner an Adams baking pack with 4-6 items including their amazing 4oz Adams Best® Vanilla Flavor.   This prize package is great for anyone who loves to bake!

John A. Adams began making and selling his Green Plant Sarsaparilla extract in 1888 in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1905, he moved his family to Beeville, Texas.  Working with just $6.71 worth of materials on top of an old icebox, John A. Adams created a new formula for vanilla. His wife tested it by whipping up a cake and announced, “John, this is the BEST flavoring I have ever used.” “Well, that’s old man Adams BEST,” he responded. The name stuck, and Adams Best was born! Today, Adams manufactures and markets under several Adams Brand banners, including Adams Best®, Adams Extract®, Adams® Seasoning &amp; Spice, and many more.  To learn more about Adams Extract, to shop their products, or to find delicious recipes visit https://www.adamsextract.com

Prize #7: Deiss Kitchenware is giving one winner a kitchen utensil prize package!  The winner will receive a digital thermometer, a grater, an apple slicer and corer set, and a 5 piece utensil set!

Deiss Kitchenware is a small, family driven company that believes it’s easy to cook with pleasure when you have the right tools.  This company will bend over backwards to make you happy and the president of the company will even answer your letters!  They create easy to use, innovative, and reliable products for use in your kitchen.  To learn more about the company and the products they sell visit https://deisskitchenware.de/.

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Disclaimer: Thank you #SpringSweetsWeek Sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Millican Pecan, Door County Coffee & Tea Co., Anolon, Fresh April Sprinkles, Deiss Kitchenware, and Adams Extracts for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The #SpringSweetsWeek giveaway is open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older.   All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Seven (7) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The #SpringSweetsWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #SpringSweetsWeek posts or entry.

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