Thursday: What’s Baking?

Have you ever wondered what the real difference is between a sponge cake and a regular vanilla cake? Let’s take a look:

Two Main Types of Cake

There are two main types of cakes: butter cakes (also known as shortened cakes) and foam cakes. The distinction between these two broad categories of cake is in the fat content. Foam cakes have little to no fat, and usually have a larger proportion of egg. This gives them their lighter, airy texture (think angel food and sponge cake). Butter cakes on the other hand contain butter, margarine, or vegetable shortening, giving you the dense, moist cakes we know and love.

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I figured that we will try our hand at the super spongy sponge cake recipe that I found online:

  • Manjaris recipe (Youtube)

Hot Milk Sponge Cake


1/2 cup milk

60 g butter

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla


  1. Warm milk in a saucepan and add butter. Bring milk to a slow boil, and take it off the stove.
  2. In a separate bowl, break two eggs and beat them. Add sugar to the eggs gradually.
  3. Sift 1 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder into the eggs, and fold gently. Add the vanilla to the egg batter while folding.
  4. Add the hot milk to the egg batter and fold carefully until the ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Grease a 6 inch square pan and add parchment paper to the bottom, as well as the sides. Be sure to grease the parchment paper a little as well.
  6. Bake the cake in the oven on 180 degrees celcius for 40-45 minutes. Prick with a toothpick. The toothpick is clean when cake is finished.

Who will try this at home this weekend? Give it a shot. It can’t hurt to try your hand a beautiful dessert like this one. It is simple, yet classic. You could also cut the cake into slices and add whipped cream icing and fruit in between each layer. It sounds like your Easter cake next weekend, if you ask me! I wrote out the recipe to the video above so that you can follow along by video, and have the recipe in front of you at the same time to follow along. Hope this turns out well for you. I will definitely be doing this one next weekend! Thanks for following, and have a happy Thursday everyone!

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