How to bake a 6 inch vanilla genoise sponge recipe

by Dec 20, 20160 comments

Most Genoise sponge cake recipes require the eggs and sugar to be whisked together in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. The mixture is then whisked until it has increased in volume before adding dry ingredients and melted butter. In this recipe I am going to show you how to bake a 6 inch vanilla genoise sponge recipe with a difference.

Until my friend, Busi from shared with me this recipe for a Genoise sponge with this method I had not made a Genoise sponge cake or any cake for this matter with this method. I was interested to see what the texture would look like and I certainly was not disappointed.

This 6 inch round Genoise sponge cake recipe which has glycerine which helps to keep a cake moist for longer. A Genoise sponge is usually very light and delicate and is traditionally served with fresh cream and fruit.


  • 100 grams butter
  • 160 grams self raising flour
  • 135 grams caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100 ml milk
  • 1 tablespoon glycerine or golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 150 Celsius.
  • Prepare two 6 inch round cake tins with butter and greaseproof paper (you can bake it all in one tin if you want).
  • Put your sugar, flour and butter in a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.
  • Put the milk, eggs, vanilla extract and glycerine into a jug and mix it well together
  • Using a hand whisk, gently pour the wet ingredients into the butter mixture and whisk together until all the liquid is used up and the mixture is nice and smooth.
  • Divide the mixture between the two cake tins or put the mixture into one tin.
  • Bake the two cakes for 30-55 minutes, if you are baking in one tray bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes
  • Test with a toothpick, if it comes out clean then it is ready.
  • Leave the cakes in the tin for about 5 minutes and then use a spatula to go around the edges of the cake to loosen it and then remove them from the cake tin and put on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • You can then decorate or dust with icing sugar and serve


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