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Why sponge cake falls apart and crumbles: top 7 mistakes

Tetiana KoziukFood
How not to make a sponge cake. Source: Screenshot from Olha Matvii's YouTube video

A homemade sponge cake is a wonderful homemade pastry that can be filled with toppings, eaten on its own, or used to make cakes and other desserts. A perfectly cooked sponge cake is fluffy, soft, and doesn't fall. However, situations vary, and baked goods don't always turn out the way housewives expect.

On her Instagram page, food blogger Oksana Myroniuk shared the top 7 mistakes you shouldn't make when baking sponge cakes.

Mistakes in making a sponge cake

Products are of different temperatures

The main ingredient of the sponge cake - eggs - must be taken out of the refrigerator in advance. The same goes for milk, if you use it. It is important that all products are at room temperature.

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Poorly beaten eggs

The key to a fluffy sponge cake that won't fall during baking is well beaten eggs. You can beat them whole or separate the whites from the yolks. In the first case, the eggs should leave a pattern after whipping and drip off the mixer tips. In the second case, the whites should be fluffy and dense, and they should be added to the batter in such a way that they do not lose their airy texture.

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Sugar is not dissolved

At the whipping stage, sugar should be added gradually so that it has time to dissolve evenly. It is important that there are no crystals in the batter.

Too long mixing

When preparing a sponge cake using the classic technology, remember that flour should be added gradually and mixed very carefully. You do not need to do this for a long time because the mass can settle.

Batter for the dish

Ready-made batter is kept at room temperature for a long time

This means that as soon as you make it, you need to pour it into the mold and put it in the oven to bake.

Opening the oven too early

Once you have put the sponge cake in the oven, it is not recommended to open the door at all for the first 30 minutes as even minimal air intrusion will cause the sponge cake to fall.

How to bake a sponge cake in the oven so that it doesn't fall apart

Incorrect mode and temperature

In this case, everything is individual. It is better to study your oven and its features in order to always know what temperature and mode to set.

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