Baking thoughts, techniques and know-how

Heavy Sponge Cakes
14 Jun 2020 - Anneka Manning

Q: I tried making a sponge cake and it wasn't fluffy and light! It came out of the oven quite heavy. My egg mixture was lovely and light before adding the flour and cornflour so why did this happen?

Deflating sponge cake
16 Sep 2019 - Anneka Manning

Q: Why did my sponge cake deflate halfway through baking?

A: Because sponge cakes are based on a high proportion of eggs (which gives them a relatively flexible structure) and they contain a large amount of air, when they cool after baking they do deflate more than other types of cakes – if you watch carefully you will notice them pulling away from the sides of the tin and losing some of their height almost immediately after they are removed from the oven.