"After baking countless cakes over the past 11 years for our pages, I've come back around to appreciating the versatility of a sponge cake. It's made with just a few ingredients, and even though the technique is exacting, the soft, airy result has an extraordinarily forgiving nature. Think about it: After being spread with filling, rolled, and frozen, it keeps its tender texture -- in fact, it's my new go-to 30-minute ice-cream cake. And sponge cake is aptly named: It soaks up simple syrup, alcohol, or coffee (or any combination thereof), then retains its integrity after being layered with stewed fruit, lemon curd, or mascarpone. It's also one of the best cakes in the world for simply splitting (or not), layering, and enjoying as is." -- Jennifer Aaronson
"After baking countless cakes over the past 11 years for our pages, I've come back around to appreciating the versatility of a sponge cake,” says Jennifer Aaronson, editorial director of food and entertaining. See the test kitchen’s step-by-step guide to making sponge cake and discover three ways to use this flexible favorite.
Genoise is a classic European sponge cake that relies on whipped eggs for volume. The cake is often used in petits fours and roulades; its texture is a perfect counterpoint to the crisp meringue layers in the Gingerbread Town-Square Cake.
Plump sour cherries capture the essence of early summer in this classic French dessert. Simmered in a sweetened wine syrup, the vibrant stone fruits create a sweet-tart topping that permeates and moistens each airy cake.