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Trixie's 'Light as Air' Sponge Cake


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Trixie's 'Light as Air' Sponge Cake

  • 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 90 g cornflour (see Tips)
  • 150 g raw sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp hot water
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Recipe's preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C.  Grease 2 x 15cm cake tins and set aside.

  2. Place bicarb, cream of tartar and cornflour into mixing bow and mix 10 sec/speed 5.  Set aside.  Clean and dry mixing bowl.

  3. Place sugar into mixing bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 9.  Set aside. Clean and dry mixing bowl.

  4. Insert butterfly.  Place egg whites into mixing bowl and beat with MC off 2-4 min/speed 3 or until stiff.

  5. With Butterfly rotating on speed 3, add milled sugar one teaspoon at a time until incorporated.  (Don't rush this process; it will take appox. 4-5 minutes.)

  6. With Butterfuly rotating on Gentle stir setting, add yolks one at a time.

  7. Add vanilla, water and cornflour mixture and mix 5 sec/speed 1.  Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula and mix 2-3 sec/speed 1 or until fully combined.

  8. Divide mixture between two tins.  Bake for 35-40 min until a skewer comes out clean.

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Tip

If gluten free is not a problem, the cornflour can be substituted with plain flour.
To serve, leave the sponges to cook, then sandwich them with whipped cream and decorate the top with fresh fruit.

This recipe is contributed by Maree Johnstone, customer TAS and is featured in Devil of a Cookbook.

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  • Not quite a pancake, but not

    Submitted by Kensington Kate on 4. November 2016 - 00:48.

    Not quite a pancake, but not a sponge either. I used a 22 cm tin, so that may have been the problem. Or part of it. The egg whites/sugar mixture at the end of step was so stiff and merainge-like it was quite impossible to do minimal mixing, and "folding" in the flour was out of the question. 

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  • Great sponge and I'm no

    Submitted by magda11 on 19. August 2016 - 21:22.

    Great sponge and I'm no skilled cake maker! I mistakenly had my ther mie on 60 deg when whipping the whites  ut it turned out great. The only thing was I didn't have two tins so cooked in one and this cake is so feathery light it was very hard to cut into two layers. Will have to buy a second tin for next time. 

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  • I followed instructions

    Submitted by Monicajdavies on 12. August 2016 - 09:43.

    I followed instructions exactly except I also used 20" tins as that's all I had and they are perfect.  It was my first ever attempt to cook a sponge so thank you very much .

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  • What is the recommended cake

    Submitted by WAJ on 11. August 2016 - 21:20.

    What is the recommended cake tin size?

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  • Complete fail, 2 pancake

    Submitted by Therma Jean TM5 on 24. February 2016 - 10:50.

    Complete fail, 2 pancake looking things.  Off to buy a cake tmrc_emoticons.(

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  • I made this today and the

    Submitted by rhombchick on 28. December 2015 - 14:40.

    I made this today and the first cake was a complete fail. Not to be deterred I tried again. Off the blog version which says to remove the butterfly before adding the flour etc. worked like a charm. The second time I also made it out of cornflour instead of plain flour, not sure if that also made a difference but I'm glad I tried a second time. Thank you for the recipe.

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  • oh wow. decided to use this

    Submitted by helen28 on 13. August 2015 - 13:38.

    oh wow. decided to use this for the cake component of apple tea cake. i peeled, chopped and coated 2 1/2 (on the way out) apples with cinnamon and sugar. thermied up this cake mix. split between 2 greased pie dishes. dropped the apple slices evenly between the cakes. baked as directed. it is hard to describe how awesome this is, because i'm aussie and we have to swear when something is so bloody amazing.

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  • i made this last night. The

    Submitted by Freelander on 2. July 2015 - 07:31.

    i made this last night. The sponge turned out OK, BUT it looked as though it was going to be brilliant, rose up then sort of deflated after 8-9 minutes. Outside became too brown imo so reckon Fan 180 is slightly too hot. 

    I also had trouble getting the cornflour to mix in and THEN couldn't get the yolks to mix So had to keep adding time to mixing. 

    I thimk it is the only thing I have made in my TM that was easier in my mixer. Why didn't stuff mix?

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  • Very disappointed in this

    Submitted by Shazrules on 25. March 2015 - 19:37.

    Very disappointed in this recipe - cakes turned out flat as pancakes.  Haven't tasted them yet as they were for my husband's birthday tomorrow. 

    I can safely say that I will be coming home tomorrow and making a new cake as I do not feel even remotely happy about serving this one.

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  • Absolute disaster! It was

    Submitted by Kimbo99 on 27. November 2014 - 22:54.

    Absolute disaster!

    It was looking great after 15 mins then went horribly wrong. I needed to rotate shelves because my oven has real hot spots and after I shut the door again they collapsed and looked like pancakes.

    I had high hopes because the batter looked perfect and they initially rose perfectly. They looked like they would burn if I left them though.

    I'm guessing I ruined them by opening the door?

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  • Fiona Hoskin wrote: Hi there!

    Submitted by Thermomix in Australia on 2. July 2014 - 15:59.

    Fiona Hoskin

    Hi there! I make this cake at every Devil of a Cooking class and in between as well and find you need to make sure everything is very clean (butterfly, bowl and blade etc) and make sure the egg whites are stiff before you start slowly adding the sugar - takes at least 7 minutes to get it all beaten in spoonful by spoonful. Be very gentle folding the other ingredients in then and sounds like you need to lower your oven temperature. I have lots of friends whose ovens aren't as hot as mine so they need longer at 180 than I do. My oven on 180 is quite ferocious so I lower the temperature a bit after the first 5-10mins. Hope you get a delicious sponge next time round!

     

    Hi Nikki1987,

    Sorry to hear about that.

    We have some tips from Fiona Hoskin (see quote above). She bakes Trixie's sponge cake at every Devil of a Cookbook cooking class and experiences success each time.

     

    We hope her comments help you experience success the next time you make this recipe.

    Thermomix Head Office

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  • Mine was a complete disaster.

    Submitted by Nikki1987 on 28. June 2014 - 16:48.

    Mine was a complete disaster. Cooked in 15 minutes and started to burn. Once I removed it from oven it pulled away from the sides of the tins, shrank and turned to rubber. Straight to the bin. 

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  • Made this for the first time

    Submitted by lslike on 23. June 2014 - 17:41.

    Made this for the first time today.  Didn't have 15cm pans so used my 20cm pans and they turned out perfectly.

    Even timed my teaspoons of sugar to 1 teaspoon every 12 seconds.  Filled the middle with strawberry jam, cream and strawberries.  Yum yum, so much easier than trying with my sift 6 times old sponge recipe.  Will definitely be making again. Thanks.

     

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  • Thankyou so much as this cake

    Submitted by KrinandThemoAlice on 1. June 2014 - 15:44.

    Thankyou so much as this cake was my first sponge in the Thermomix and I cooked it in two 20cm round pans....turned out perfect. The only thing I found was that when you put the corn flour in etc...it would not mix properly but like the others here....I just gently folded it in. Also my fan forced oven runs 'hot' a little, so I turned it down to 175  after 5-10 mins when I first put the cake in. The cake was very light and yummy. Will def make this again tmrc_emoticons.)

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  • Love this recipe  I even

    Submitted by ArwensThermoPics on 13. April 2014 - 22:00.

    Love this recipe tmrc_emoticons.D  I even made a chocolate version by using cocoa powder instead of the cornflour.

    Cooking from scratch  www.arwensthermopics.com

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  • this is an answwr for the

    Submitted by nats_01 on 30. January 2014 - 19:50.

    this is an answwr for the person who said her flour didnt mix on - i just used a spoon and gently folded it in - for like a few seconds. turned out fine tmrc_emoticons.)

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  • Great recipe - turned put

    Submitted by nats_01 on 30. January 2014 - 19:48.

    Great recipe - turned put perfect - except that i was trying to make it for a 33cm square. i just used the standard measure and it rose to about 1/2 inch - so next time will make double mixture. Also the oven needs to be less than 180 as mineis a fan firced. The cake was light and fluffy and yummy.  tmrc_emoticons.)

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  • Hi stickersabc,   Sorry to

    Submitted by Thermomix in Australia on 30. December 2013 - 15:47.

    Hi stickersabc,

     

    Sorry to hear that.

     

    We have some tips from Fiona Hoskin, eight comments in under the comments section for this recipe. She bakes Trixie's sponge cake at every Devil of a Cookbook cooking class and experiences success each time.

    Thermomix Head Office

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  • I just made this for my

    Submitted by stickersabc on 29. December 2013 - 20:20.

    I just made this for my daughters cake smash and it was a total disaster. It was tough on the outside and dense in the middle. 

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  • Absolutely perfect. I made it

    Submitted by Johcastle on 24. December 2013 - 14:30.

    Absolutely perfect. I made it in a large square tin for a trifle and it turned out just perfect.  My oven was 180 fan forced then I turned it down to 170 after 5 min and cooked it for 30 min. Thanks for the recipe. 

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  • Hi Curious cooks, ihow long

    Submitted by Thermomix in Australia on 26. April 2013 - 11:41.

    Hi Curious cooks, ihow long did you mix it for?

    Thermomix Head Office

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  • Hello - we had trouble mixing

    Submitted by Curious cooks on 25. April 2013 - 19:31.

    Hello - we had trouble mixing in the corn flour mixture etc at the end.... It didn't want to mix in....

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  • I have had problems with

    Submitted by Spannalive on 7. March 2013 - 09:01.

    I have had problems with sponges in the past if the oven is not great. If your oven is not hot enough to start or is loosing heat it may be the cause. 

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  • Hi I made this cake and it

    Submitted by Spannalive on 7. March 2013 - 08:59.

    Hi I made this cake and it worked beautifully. Cleaning the TM bowl twice during the recipe is a bit of a bore though.  I baked at 180 degrees conventional not fan forced and the timing was bang on. 

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  • Hi there! I make this cake at

    Submitted by Fiona Hoskin on 4. October 2012 - 10:46.

    Hi there! I make this cake at every Devil of a Cooking class and in between as well and find you need to make sure everything is very clean (butterfly, bowl and blade etc) and make sure the egg whites are stiff before you start slowly adding the sugar - takes at least 7 minutes to get it all beaten in spoonful by spoonful. Be very gentle folding the other ingredients in then and sounds like you need to lower your oven temperature. I have lots of friends whose ovens aren't as hot as mine so they need longer at 180 than I do. My oven on 180 is quite ferocious so I lower the temperature a bit after the first 5-10mins. Hope you get a delicious sponge next time round!

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  • The sponge turned out really

    Submitted by Cherryn on 4. October 2012 - 07:18.

    The sponge turned out really well. I cooked it in a fan oven at 160 degs and it took 40 mins. I also used icing sugar as we had it in the pantry and sifted it a couple of times in a bowl. Step 2 I also did in a bowl and triple sifted. I'm not sure if that helped, but I ended up with a lovely light sponge. Cooked in 1 20cm pan as we don't have any 15 cm pans, though next time I'll try using 2 20cm pans. Lovely, thank you!

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  • I must be completely

    Submitted by thermofox on 29. August 2012 - 14:19.

    I must be completely spongecake disabled, I've tried to make this cake 5 times in the past week, using this recipe, and then trying other recipes for Thermomix, and have failed spectacularly each time. I have purchased a thermometer for my oven, which read 180 for most of the cooking. I have a fan forced oven and the cake definitely smelled as if it were burning after 20 minutes.  It is important for me to make this gluten free, and I do not want to use custard powder. What is the secret to making a spongecake, because I really do not want to have to admit that the Thermomix can't make a spongecake.

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  • This recipe is fantastic but

    Submitted by BEEJAY2011 on 4. June 2012 - 18:02.

    This recipe is fantastic but is the oven temp fan forced? I cooked it at fan forced 180 and it cooked in about 15-18 minutes. Wonder which is best for the cake?

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