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Sunshine Sponge Cake

 Sunshine Sponge Cake
This is one of my favorite cakes to make. I prepare it for company or a bake sales and it is a hit every time!—Helen Woronik, Salem, Connecticut
14 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.


  • 9 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh lemon verbena leaves
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract
  • Daisies and additional lemon verbena leaves, optional


  • In a bowl, beat the egg yolks on high until thickened and
  • lemon-colored. Add water, lemon verbena and vanilla. Gradually beat
  • in 1 cup sugar. beat for 4-5 minutes or until mixture doubles in
  • volume. Combine flour and baking powder; sprinkle 1/4 cupful over
  • batter and fold in until combined. Repeat with remaining flour
  • mixture; set aside. In another bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of
  • tartar and salt until soft peaks form. Add remaining sugar, 1

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Sunshine Sponge Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold
  • into batter. Pour into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Bake at
  • 350° for 45-50 minutes or until top springs back when lightly
  • touched. Immediately invert the pan; cool completely. Run a knife
  • around sides of pan and remove cake to a serving plate. In a bowl,
  • cream 2 cups sugar, butter, lemon juice and extracts. Slowly add
  • remaining sugar. If needed, beat in a small amount of water until
  • the frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost cake.
  • Garnish with daisies and lemon verbena if desired. Yield: 14
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 363 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 148 mg cholesterol, 184 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 5 g protein.