Are you looking for a simple recipe to alleviate some stress? Check out this sponge cake recipe with just 4 easy ingredients.
There are better ways to handle your stress besides drugs and alcohol – refined sugar! Stress baking is here, and it’s here to stay.
When you are stress baking, it is a good idea to stick to recipes that have few ingredients. And you’ve come to the right place.
Our four-ingredient easy sponge cake recipe is delicious and calorie-free. That last part is a lie, but let’s just keep reading…
Cake Flour or Nothing
For your sponge cake to come out correctly, there are a few guidelines you need to follow. First is the type of flour.
Cake flour… unless you want your stress baking to cause you more stress, you must use cake flour. All-purpose flour may have you thinking that it can be used for all purposes, but that’s wrong. In this case, it will result in a sad, dense, weird cake that will still taste good but have a gummy texture. Trust us on this one and just use the cake flour.
If you must substitute a different flour for the cake flour, we suggest substituting the entire recipe for eating some chocolate chips from your pantry and calling it a day.
Room Temperature Eggs
As a general rule, when baking, always allow your eggs to come to room temperature before you use them. This will make it easier to separate the eggs and easier to whip the egg whites and it will be easier to combine the egg yolks and sugar.
When you are folding the egg whites into the egg yolks, channel Moira Rose. Okay, she says “fold in the cheese,” and she actually has no idea how to do that. But it’s fine. Anyways, carefully fold in the egg whites to ensure a fluffy sponge cake. And if you are unsure of what fold in the egg whites means, call your mother.
We don’t have many guidelines on the sugar you use, everyone has regular granular sugar. If you don’t, you probably shouldn’t be baking. Don’t use a sugar substitute, that would be gross. Straight up, white sugar.
Also, we really just wanted this song to be stuck in your head.
If you’re stress baking, you’re probably going to just use the vanilla extract that you have on hand. But for future recipes, keep in mind that the quality of your vanilla extract can elevate your baking skills to the next level.
If bathing in vanilla extract were acceptable, this Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla extract would be our bath of choice.
Is it more expensive than McCormick? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes. Stress eat in culinary style. You’re worth it, babe.
Time to Bake
Pro Tip: preheat your oven for this basic sponge cake recipe.
Sometimes, people, myself included, think that preheating is just some silly guideline the electricity companies came up with to make a couple more bucks a year. But, it’s not. It’s actually super important.
In a non-preheated oven, your cake won’t bake evenly and it could result in an undercooked center and overcooked outside. This wouldn’t be so awful if an over-baked cake was delicious, but it’s not, it’s disgusting.
They say underbaked cake can make you sick. They also say that about raw cookie dough. I don’t know who they are, but I’m not sure I believe them. But if you’re going to risk it, eat delicious underbaked cookies. No one wants salmonella from an underbaked sponge cake.
Feeling Ambitious, Top It Off
While a sponge cake is delicious straight out of the pan. To boost your mood you may want to add a few toppings.
The only topping we could find that had actual mood-enhancing benefits were blueberries. We suggest putting fresh blueberries in a saucepan with some sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. No need to measure, that just takes up time that we don’t have. Cook until most of the blueberries have burst and pour that all over your cake. Add some vanilla ice cream if you’re feeling wild.
In our personal experience, chocolate, strawberries, peanut butter, and whipped cream also have a mood-boosting effect. Top your delicious sponge cake with anything that brightens your day… that’s food… and not illegal.
Sponge Cake Recipe
Use a 9×13 cake pan, or two 9 inch round cake pans. If you choose to use a bundt pan, be sure to butter and flour the pan before putting the batter in so the cake does not stick to the pan.
If you don’t follow our guidelines, be prepared to fail. If you do follow our guidelines, and it still comes out bad, maybe you’re just not the baker you thought you were.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Temperature: 350 degrees
Bake time: 22-25 minutes
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- With your stand mixer or hand mixer, whip the egg whites with 1/2 cup of sugar until they form soft peaks
- In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks and the remaining sugar until combined
- Carefully fold the egg whites into the egg yolks with a spatula, try not to collapse the egg whites
- Fold in the cake flour 1/3 at a time, being sure it’s completely combined before adding more but do not mix more than necessary
- Line your chosen cake pan with parchment paper, carefully spread the batter into the lined pan, bake for 22-25 minutes, or until golden brown
Eat Up, Buttercup
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We know you ate that whole cake, no judgment here.