Bizcochuelo (Colombian Sponge Cake)

by Erica Dinho on September 18, 2012

Bizcochuelo (Colombian Sponge Cake)

Bizcochuelo is a simple cake made with flour, sugar and eggs and has a light, spongy texture. Sometimes this cake is served plain with coffee, or it’s filled with fresh fruit jams, but it’s typically used as a base for other traditional Colombian desserts such a Torta de Pastores and Torta de Coco.

Buen provecho!

Bizcochuelo (Colombian Sponge Cake)

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Ingredients

  • 5 large eggs, white and yolks separated
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups cornstarch or maizena,sifted
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8-inch circular cake pan with parchment paper, or grease the cake pan with butter, then lightly coat the pan with flour.
  2. Add half of the sugar to the egg whites, and beat the egg whites until they are stiff and glossy.
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  4. In a medium bowl whisk the egg yolks with the remaining sugar until thick and pale yellow. Add the orange juice and vanilla.Whisk to mix. Add the sifted flour and cornstarch and whisk until smooth.
  5. Add 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter and gently mix it in to the egg yolk mixture. Add the second third of the egg whites and fold until no egg whites remain. Repeat with the last addition of egg whites. Pour in the melted butter and fold to incorporate.
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  7. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and bake the for 25 to 30 minutes. Insert a thin skewer or toothpick into the centers. If it comes out dry, the cake is done. Let the cake cool completely on a wire rack. Run a knife around the inside of the pan to loosen the cake, and remove.
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1 Andrea September 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Muchas gracias por subir estas recetas. Yo vivo en Colombia, pero tengo muchas amistades en EEUU a quienes les muestro las recetas para que vean lo bien que se come aquí :D

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2 Erica September 18, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Andrea, muchas gracias!

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3 Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook September 18, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Looks so good. I love sponge cake, with fresh berries and whipped cream :)

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4 Belinda @zomppa September 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Evil!! I am the biggest fan of sponge cakes….

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5 Jeannie September 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM

That looks so delicious and light! I have not used cornstarch in my sponge cake before, I find that interesting!

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6 Angie@Angie's Recipes September 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

A very soft and light sponge!

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7 grace September 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

love that light, airy texture!

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8 Ivy September 20, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Love it. It’s almost like the sponge cake I make but without the butter and orange juice. Shall try it next time I make a sponge cake.

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9 Frank September 25, 2012 at 5:03 PM

This was the easiest recipe EVER!!! Delicious from start to finish! Served it with whipped cream and strawberries (soaked in a little sugar for 20 minutes.

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10 Erica September 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

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11 mariantonietta September 30, 2012 at 12:36 AM

se vee esquisito y muy esponjoso, gracias por compartir la receta!

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