Try this sponge cake recipe for the Passover / Pesach festival! The following recipe for sponge cake is one of many traditional dessert recipes that are made and served at many Passover / Pesach Seder tables in different Jewish communities. A sponge cake recipe will also come in many variations based on the basic sponge cake recipe, and the following cocoa-orange sponge cake recipe adds a taste of the Spring season by including orange juice in the ingredients.
Cocoa-Orange Sponge Cake Recipe
1/2 cup potato starch
1/4 cup cake meal
1/4 cup Hershey's cocoa
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel
1/4 cup sliced almonds
7 eggs, separated
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
Cocoa/Orange Glaze (recipe below)
Instructions for the Cocoa-Orange Sponge Cake Recipe:
- Heat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius or Centigrade).
- Line bottom of 10-inch (25.40 centimeters) tube pan with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle almonds evenly in pan.
- In a large mixer bowl, beat egg yolks until lemon-colored.
- Gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating until thick.
- Stir in orange juice and peel.
- Combine potato starch, cake meal and cocoa; fold into yolk mixture.
- In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until foamy.
- Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold egg whites into yolk mixture.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake 30 minutes.
- Without opening oven door, turn heat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (160 degrees Celsius or Centigrade).
- Bake 15 minutes more or until top springs back when touched lightly.
- Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack.
- Gently peel off paper.
- Cool completely.
- Spread Cocoa-Orange Glaze over top.
- Serve remaining glaze with cake.
Serves 12 to 16.
Cocoa Orange Glaze Recipe:
1 cup orange marmalade
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup water
Instructions for the Cocoa Orange Glaze recipe:
- Combine ingredients in small saucepan.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture boils.
- Strain; discard orange peels from marmalade.
- Cool to room temperature.
Makes 3/4 cup glaze.