VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 6 large eggs, separated
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- BLUEBERRY TOPPING:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- SOUR CREAM TOPPING:
- 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
- 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- grated orange zest, optional
- Let eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Sift flour and baking powder; set aside.
- Place oven rack in lowest position. Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, beat yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Blend in orange juice. Add dry ingredients to yolk mixture until well blended
- Add cream of tartar to egg whites; with clean beaters, beat on high until stiff but not dry. Fold a fourth of the egg whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites.
- Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan; smooth the top. Bake 50-55 minutes or cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert the pan; cool completely.
- For blueberry topping, in a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and orange zest. Stir in orange juice until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in blueberries.
- For sour cream topping, in a large bowl, combine sour cream, confectioners' sugar and vanilla.
- Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate; cut into slices. Serve with warm blueberry topping and the sour cream topping. Garnish with orange zest if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Sponge Cake with Blueberry Topping in Country April/May 2001, p49