Drunken Sponge Cakes Recipe - Bizcochos Borrachos

Honey and cinnamon
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  • 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 8-inch cake (9 servings)

Prepare a light sponge cake, then drizzle with a sweet sauce made with brandy, lemon and spiced with a bit of cinnamon. Use it as a light dessert at the end of a big meal. If you prefer, serve with a hot cup of Spanish coffee or hot chocolate on a cold morning or for afternoon tea.

What You'll Need

  • For the Cake:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon​ 
  • cinnamon (for decoration)
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces water
  • 1.5 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 ounces brandy (or rum)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2​ 
  • lemon (peel only)

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Centigrade. Generously grease an 8-inch square cake pan with vegetable shortening, then flour it.
  2. Separate the yolks from the egg whites. Then, beat the egg yolks in a bowl with the sugar until it forms a creamy mixture.
  3. In another mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until they are stiff enough to form a point. Fold in the yolk mixture with a spatula, smoothly and carefully.
  1. Fold in the baking powder and flour gradually, a bit at a time.
  2. Pour in the batter and bake for 20 minutes, or until it turns golden. Check doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center. If it is clean when pulled out, the cake is done.
  3. While the cake is baking, make the syrup. In a small ​sauce pan, pour water and sugar, cinnamon, honey and lemon peel. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Allow to boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and add the brandy and allow the syrup to cool.
  4. After the cake has cooled, carefully cut into 9 pieces and place them on a serving plate. Drizzle the pieces of cake with the brandy sauce and then dust the top with cinnamon. Serve with coffee or tea.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 178
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 93 mg
Sodium 247 mg
Carbohydrates 30 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 4 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)