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genoise sponge layer cake

Classic Genoise Sponge Cake

This genoise sponge cake makes the perfect foundation for a layer cake. Drier than other sponge cakes, it can handle juicier fillings and should be moistened with simple syrup. It even freezes well!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Italian
Servings 1 round 9 x 1 pan


  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 70 g (1/4 cup + 2 tbsp) sugar
  • 100 g (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp) cake flour
  • 45 g unsalted butter melted
  • butter, parchment and flour for prepping the cake pan


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF/175ºC.
  • Trace and cut out a circle of parchment, grease the cake pan with butter, insert the parchment cut out and dust with flour.
  • Using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together until the mixture triples in volume, reaching the ribbon stage. The ribbon stage is attained when you test the batter and it temporarily holds a shape.
  • Sift the flour and fold it into the egg mixture in stage until incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, ladle out a portion of the batter and fold it with the melted butter.
  • Return the buttery batter to the main mixing bowl and gently fold it with the remaining batter.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 30 minutes. Check for doneness by inspecting to see if the edges have sprung away from the pan or by inserting a toothpick into the centre.
  • Allow it to cool on a wire rack for ten minutes before removing from the pan.


  • Eggs can be brought to room temperature by submerging them in warm water. Alternatively, you can start out by whisking the eggs and sugar over a bain marie until it's room temperature.
  • When baking, it's best to measure ingredients by weight rather than volume.
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