This Orange Cotton Sponge Cake (Japanese sponge cake) is made with fresh oranges. This cotton-soft cake has a rich orangey fragrance, perfect for a light lunch or afternoon snack. The fresh zest of one orange adds a unique flavor and aroma to this orange cotton sponge cake. Enjoy it with a cup of tea or coffee at any time of the day!

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Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
 

Orange Cotton Sponge Cake Made with Fresh Orange | MyKitchen101en

Yield: 9-inch round (12 slices)

Ingredients:

  • grated orange zest (of 4 oranges)
  • 110 g orange juice
  • 60 g corn oil (or other vegetable oil)
  • 110 g cake flour
  • 1 egg (size: L)
  • 7 egg yolks (size: L)

For meringue:

  • 7 egg whites (size: L)
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • ⅓ tsp fine salt
  • 150 g fine sugar

Instructions:

1 Line 9-inch/23-cm round baking pan (no joining part at the bottom) with non-stick baking paper. (Reminder: If you use mould with joining parts at the bottom, line the outside of the baking pan with a thick layer of paper kitchen towels and wrap with 2 layers of aluminium foil. If it is without joining parts, no need to wrap with foil, just put a piece of cloth at the bottom of the baking pan with batter to replace the kitchen towels.)

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
 

2 Grate orange zest from 4 oranges (orange part only).

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange

3 Squeeze orange juice from fresh oranges (strain through), measure out 110 g of orange juice.

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
 

4 Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F. (Reminder: Different oven works differently, baking temperature is just for reference, adjust the temperature according to your own oven if necessary.)

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange

5 Combine orange zest, orange juice and corn oil, mix well. Sift in cake flour, mix until combined. Combine egg and egg yolks, add to batter gradually, mix until well combined.

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange

6 Whisk egg whites on low speed until foamy. Add in cream of tartar and salt, whisk until tiny bubbles are formed. Add in sugar gradually, whisk on low speed until soft peak (meringue is shiny with arch shape). (Reminder: Egg whites and equipment used to beat egg whites must be grease-free, water-free and egg yolk-free. It is advisable to clean the egg shells and equipment with dishwasher detergent, then dry with a clean cloth. Use a clean small bowl to separate the egg yolk and egg white, if the egg yolk cracks, don’t use that egg white.)

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange

7 Add meringue to egg yolk batter in 4 batches, mix gently with hand whisk.

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange

8 Fold gently with spatula until well mixed. Tap mixing bowl a few times on countertop to burst large bubbles.

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange

9 Pour the batter into prepared baking pan, tap baking pan on countertop a few times.

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange

10 Fill a 10-inch square baking pan (line with a piece of kitchen cloth) with hot water (about 1-inch high, for water bath), put in baking pan with batter.

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange

11 Bake in the preheated oven at 150°C/300°F for 1 hour 50 minutes, until fully cooked. (Reminder: As a guideline, if your cake shrinks a lot when cooled, then the oven temperature is too hot, reduce the baking temperature. The cake should rise slowly during baking to prevent it from over-rising and then collapsing when out of oven.)

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange

12 Drop the baking pan from 1 foot high onto the countertop after removing from oven to minimise shrinkage.

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange

13 Unmould the orange cotton sponge cake and cool completely on wire rack (at least 6″ from countertop).

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange

Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange

Orange Cotton Sponge Cake-made With Fresh Orange

Made with fresh oranges, this cotton soft cake has a rich orangey fragrance, perfect for a light lunch or afternoon snack. 
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 50 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine Baking
Servings 12 slices
Calories 178 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 round baking pan 9 inch / 23 cm

Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 grated orange zest oranges
  • 110 g orange juice
  • 60 g corn oil or other vegetable oil
  • 110 g cake flour
  • 1 egg size: L
  • 7 egg yolks size: L

For meringue:

  • 7 egg whites size: L
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • tsp fine salt
  • 150 g fine sugar

Instructions
 

  • Line 9-inch/23-cm round baking pan (no joining part at the bottom) with non-stick baking paper. (Reminder: If you use mould with joining parts at the bottom, line the outside of the baking pan with a thick layer of paper kitchen towels and wrap with 2 layers of aluminium foil. If it is without joining parts, no need to wrap with foil, just put a piece of cloth at the bottom of the baking pan with batter to replace the kitchen towels.)
    Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
  • Grate orange zest from 4 oranges (orange part only).
    Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
  • Squeeze orange juice from fresh oranges (strain through), measure out 110 g of orange juice.
    Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
  • Preheat oven to 150°C/300°F. (Reminder: Different oven works differently, baking temperature is just for reference, adjust the temperature according to your own oven if necessary.)
    Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
  • Combine orange zest, orange juice and corn oil, mix well. Sift in cake flour, mix until combined. Combine egg and egg yolks, add to batter gradually, mix until well combined.
    Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
  • Whisk egg whites on low speed until foamy. Add in cream of tartar and salt, whisk until tiny bubbles are formed. Add in sugar gradually, whisk on low speed until soft peak (meringue is shiny with arch shape). (Reminder: Egg whites and equipment used to beat egg whites must be grease-freewater-free and egg yolk-free. It is advisable to clean the egg shells and equipment with dishwasher detergent, then dry with a clean cloth. Use a clean small bowl to separate the egg yolk and egg white, if the egg yolk cracks, don’t use that egg white.)
    Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
  • Add meringue to egg yolk batter in 4 batches, mix gently with hand whisk.
    Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
  • Fold gently with spatula until well mixed. Tap mixing bowl a few times on countertop to burst large bubbles.
    Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
  • Pour the batter into prepared baking pan, tap baking pan on countertop a few times.
    Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
  • Fill a 10-inch square baking pan (line with a piece of kitchen cloth) with hot water (about 1-inch high, for water bath), put in baking pan with batter.
    Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
  • Bake in the preheated oven at 150°C/300°F for 1 hour 50 minutes, until fully cooked. (Reminder: As a guideline, if your cake shrinks a lot when cooled, then the oven temperature is too hot, reduce the baking temperature. The cake should rise slowly during baking to prevent it from over-rising and then collapsing when out of oven.)
    Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
  • Drop the baking pan from 1 foot high onto countertop after removing from oven to minimise shrinkage.
    Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange
  • Unmould the cake and cool completely on wire rack (at least 6″ from countertop).
    Cotton Sponge Cake made with Fresh Orange

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Notes

This recipe yields a 9 inch (23 cm) round cake of about 12 slices.
The nutritional value for reference is for 1 slice of cake. 

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 104mgPotassium: 93mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 190IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 0.5mg
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