National Sponge Cake Day

August 23

When is National Sponge Cake Day?

National Sponge Cake Day happens on Friday August 23, 2024.

National Sponge Cake Day: A Celebration of All Things Fluffy, Light, and Delicious!

Today is National Sponge Cake Day, and we think that’s something worth celebrating! After all, what’s not to love about a cake that’s light, fluffy, and dripping with deliciousness? If you’re not familiar with sponge cake, don’t worry; we’re here to give you a crash course. Read on to learn everything you need to know about this scrumptious dessert!

What Is Sponge Cake?

Sponge cake is a type of cake made with eggs, flour, sugar, and baking powder. It gets its name from its spongy texture, which is the result of trapping air bubbles in the batter as it cooks. Sponge cake is often used as the base for other cakes and desserts like strawberry shortcake or tiramisu.

There are two main types of sponge cake: genoise and chiffon. Genoise sponge is made with whole eggs while chiffon sponge uses both whole eggs and additional egg whites. Chiffon sponge is also leavened with baking soda instead of baking powder like genoise. As a result, chiffon sponge is lighter and airier than genoise.

Types of Sponge Cake

There are countless ways to enjoy sponge cake. Here are just a few of our favorites:

  • Angel Food Cake: This type of sponge cake gets its name from its light and airy texture, which is said to be as light as angel wings. Angel food cake is traditionally flavored with vanilla or almond extract and served with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
  • Ladyfingers: Ladyfingers are long, thin fingers of sponge cake that are often used in desserts like tiramisu or trifle. They can also be enjoyed on their own dipped in coffee or tea.
  • Baked Alaska: Baked Alaska is a dessert made by combining ice cream and cake covered in meringue and then browned quickly in the oven. It’s named for the state of Alaska because it was created during the time when Alaska was still a US territory.
  • Chocolate Genoise: As the name suggests, this type of genoise sponge is flavored with chocolate. It’s often used in black forest cakes or other chocolate-based desserts.

So there you have it—a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about sponge cake! We hope you’ll take some time today to celebrate National Sponge Cake Day by indulging in one (or two) of these delicious desserts!

When does National Sponge Cake Day happen next year?

National Sponge Cake Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Saturday August 23, 2025
  • Sunday August 23, 2026
  • Monday August 23, 2027
  • Wednesday August 23, 2028
  • Thursday August 23, 2029


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