Breakfast buffet: National sponge cake day
August 23rd, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Today's food holiday is worth absorbing - August 23 is National Sponge Cake Day!

Whipping up a storm of egg whites produces this lighter-than-air cake that will have you singing the Hallelujah chorus. There are only a few items you need for this simple sweet, but you can't forget the secret ingredient: air.

Sponge cakes have translated well across cultures. Here in America, we created our own version, known as chiffon cake, while the Latin American Tres leches cake is also a favorite. The basis for sponge cake has also been used in snack favorite the Swiss roll, as well as madeleines and ladyfingers.

Don't let the idea of whipping up a tricky sponge cake deflate your hopes for a soft, delicate snack. It's all in the wrist and the whisk!

Make a Victoria sponge cake, named for the royalty who favored it, and you'll have a teatime snack fit for a queen.

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  1. RichardHead@Jerv

    Maybe the Queen can help you on the googles question...HA!

    August 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  2. Jerv

    The Victoria Sponge Cake looks wonderful and easy enough for even me to not screw up. Add this cake recipe to my list of things to do and also have to remember to google what a "knob of butter" is. Haha!

    August 23, 2011 at 9:18 am |
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