Recipe

Genoise sponge

An Italian sponge cake named after the city of Genoa that is impressively light, airy and delicious.

  • 1 hr 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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Ingredients

Genoise sponge
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 2/3 cup (100g) plain flour
  • 60 gram butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cup (310ml) thickened (heavy) cream
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup (80g) strawberry jam, warmed
  • 500 gram strawberries, sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar, extra

Method

Genoise sponge
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease deep 20cm (8-inch) round cake pan; line base with baking paper.
  • 2
    Place eggs and sugar in large heatproof bowl over large saucepan of simmering water (do not allow water to touch base of bowl). Beat with electric mixer about 10 minutes or until thick and creamy. Remove bowl from pan; beat mixture until it returns to room temperature.
  • 3
    Triple sift the flour. Sift half of the flour over egg mixture, carefully fold in flour; fold in remaining sifted flour. Quickly fold in cooled butter. Pour mixture into pan.
  • 4
    Bake sponge about 20 minutes. Turn sponge, top-side up, onto baking-paper-covered wire rack to cool.
  • 5
    Beat cream and sifted icing sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  • 6
    Split sponge in half; place one half, cut-side up, on serving plate. Spread with jam and cream; top with strawberries, then remaining sponge half. Dust with extra sifted icing sugar.

Notes

It is fine to use just one 300ml carton of cream for this recipe. This cake differs from other sponge cakes in that whole eggs are beaten over heat, then cooled. The melted butter adds to the sponge's keeping qualities.

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