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The Best Sponge Cake

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1⁄2 cups cornflour, make sure it is gluten-free (cornstarch)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, gluten-free
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1⁄4 cups whipping cream
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1⁄4 cup strawberry jam, warmed
  • 250 g strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Coat 2 spring form pans with baking spray, then line with baking paper. The baking spray helps keep the paper from moving around.
  3. In a microwave bowl or small saucepan, place the sugar and water. Bring to a boil. Stir every now and then to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff.
  5. Slowly drizzle in the hot sugar mixture with the mixer running. Then beat really hard for 3 minutes.
  6. Mix in egg yolks, milk and vanilla.
  7. Sift together cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Beat these into the egg mixture. Pour into prepared pans.
  8. Bake 18-20 minutes. As soon as you remove them from the oven, drop the pans from knee height, square on the floor - seriously! This is a strange sponge making trick that 'shocks' the cake and stops it from deflating. Then immediatly turn sponges out onto a wire rack or baking paper to cool upside down.

To Serve

Beat cream and vanilla until soft peaks form. Warm jam for a few seconds in the microwave.
Place one sponge on the serving plate. Spread first with jam, then whipped cream.Top with strawberry slices. Then put second sponge on top. Dust with icing .

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