Spiced Orange Sponge Cake

Spiced Orange Sponge Cake

This delicious Spiced Orange Sponge Cake, which uses beaten egg whites as leavening, is flavored with orange, citrusy spices coriander and cardamom, and a complementary marmalade glaze.

Spiced Orange Sponge Cake
Makes 8 servings 
  • 1 small orange
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon matzo flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ cup orange marmalade
  • ½ cup orange-blossom honey
  • Garnish: fresh strawberries
  1. Preheat oven to 300°. Spray a 9-inch cake pan with nonstick baking spray with flour; set aside.
  2. Grate zest from orange. Squeeze juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl. Set zest and juice aside.
  3. Place egg yolks in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer at high speed, beat yolks until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Gradually add sugar, beating until thick, approximately 5 minutes more. Add orange zest, orange juice, and vanilla extract, beating to combine. Set aside.
  4. Place egg whites in a separate large bowl. Using an electric mixer at medium-high speed, beat until stiff, glossy peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into egg-yolk mixture. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, coriander, and cardamom. Gently fold flour mixture into egg mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean, approximately 40 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine marmalade and honey, cooking until mixture is warm. Drizzle sauce over cake.
  8. Garnish with strawberries, if desired.

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