How to Make a Moist & Airy Cake

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How to Make a Moist & Airy Cake
Dust your cake with confectioners sugar for a simple yet beautiful presentation. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

When baking a cake you may think you need to choose between a moist, dense cake or an airy, dry cake but you can have the best of both worlds with a homemade sponge cake. Creating a moist and airy cake is slightly more complicated than preparing a box of cake mix but the end results make the extra effort worthwhile. Taking the time to whip your egg whites gives the cake a light texture while a well buttered pan keeps it moist throughout the baking process.

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Things you need

  • 5 large eggs
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Electric beaters
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Wooden spoon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Two 8-inch cake pans
  • Potholders
  • Wire rack

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  1. 1

    Separate the yolks and whites of five large eggs. Place the whites in a large mixing bowl and the yolks in a medium size mixing bowl.

  2. 2

    Beat the egg whites with electric beaters on high speed until they resemble whipped cream. This should take at least five minutes of constant beating.

  3. 3

    Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice to the egg yolks and beat the mixture until the yolks are broken and the entire mixture has a uniform yellow colour.

  4. 4

    Stir the egg yolks and 1 cup of sugar into the whipped egg whites with a wooden spoon. Mix just until the batter is uniform in colour.

  5. 5

    Fold in 1 cup of plain flour. Only stir the mixture enough to mix in the flour. Over-mixing could make your cake dense rather than airy.

  6. 6

    Grease the bottom and sides of two 8-inch cake pans generously with 2 tbsp of butter.

  7. 7

    Divide the batter evenly between the greased cake pans.

  8. 8

    Bake the cakes at 177 degrees Celsius for approximately 30 minutes. The cake is done when the edges are lightly browned.

  9. 9

    Remove the cake pans from the oven with potholders and place them upside down on a wire rack. Let the cakes cool upside down in the pans for one hour before you remove the pans.

Tips and warnings

  • Frost your moist and airy sponge cake or serve it with whipped cream and fresh berries.

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