- 6 eggs, separated
- 1-1/3 cups cake flour
- 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 3 teaspoons grated orange peel
- 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/3 cup butter, cubed
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 3 to 5 teaspoons water
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Sift the flour, 1/3 cup sugar and salt together twice; set aside.
- In another bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed for 5 minutes or until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually beat in 2/3 cup sugar. Add orange juice and peel; beat 3 minutes longer. Gradually add flour mixture and mix well.
- Add cream of tartar to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.
- Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets.
- Bake on the lowest oven rack at 325° for 45-55 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
- Run a knife around sides and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. For glaze, melt butter in a small saucepan; remove from the heat. Add confectioners’ sugar, water and vanilla; stir until smooth. Pour over cake, allowing it to drizzle down sides. Yield: 12 servings.
Reviews for Orange Sponge Cake
"I think this is a good recipe but when I tried it it came out of the oven so dense that it bounced! Can someone please tell me what I did.I may have over beat it, does that affect the density?"
"I think it's a perfect Orange Sponge Cake. It would be perfect if including Valencian oranges. www.coolfoodvalencia.com/blog"
"Good, just didnt have enough orange flavor"
"I admit I was a little scared at first, separating eggs does not always go well with me, but it did this time! The cake looked as pictured and was fluffy and moist, almost like angel food cake but you don't waste the egg yolks. The orange flavor was subtle and not at all overpowering. I will have to agree with the other reviewers, the glaze is excellent! The butter added some richness, but all in all, this is a great way to end a springtime meal, with a cake that is citrusy and fluffy."
"This is delicious, moist and light. The best glaze I ever had! I always use a little cooking spray even if it calls for ungreased pan."