Hungarian Walnut Sponge Cake Recipe

Walnut Sponge Cake
Walnut Sponge Cake. © Masrk Thomas / Getty Images
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 13x9-inch cake (12 servings)
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This Hungarian walnut sponge cake recipe can be the base for many elegant desserts including somloi galuska or trifle.

Use a light hand when sifting in the flour so as not to deflate the batter.

What You'll Need

  • 3 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cake flour
  • 1/3 cup walnuts (ground, NOT chopped)
  • Pinch salt

How to Make It

  1. Place rack in middle of oven and heat to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 13x9-inch pan and line with parchment.
  2. Combine eggs and sugar in stainless-steel bowl or stand mixer bowl. Place over (not in) a simmering pot of water on medium heat, whisking constantly, until eggs are warm to the touch and sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute.
  3. Using the whisk attachment of a stand mixer or electric handheld mixer on high speed, beat until the egg-sugar mixture has tripled in volume, about 3 minutes.
  1. Meanwhile, combine flour, ground walnuts and salt. In two additions, sift the flour-walnut-salt mixture over the egg-sugar mixture, carefully folding it in so as not to deflate the batter.
  2. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake about 12 minutes or until the center springs back when lightly pressed. Remove from oven and cool in pan 3 minutes.
  3. Run a knife around the edge of the sponge cake to loosen it. Then cover the pan with a sheet of parchment paper and another baking sheet and invert the sponge cake. Lift off the 13x9-inch pan and carefully peel off the parchment paper. Let cool completely.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 106
Total Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 75 mg
Sodium 171 mg
Carbohydrates 11 g
Dietary Fiber 1 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.)