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Two sponge cakes on cooling rack from the side.

Best Viennese Sponge Cake Bases Recipe

This particular sponge dough is very easy and quick to prepare, and you get an incredibly light and fluffy sponge cake in no time. Create the perfect sponge cake base in just 45 minutes, with four ingredients only!
5 from 87 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Cake
Cuisine Austrian
Servings 4 Cake Bases
Calories 337 kcal



  • Preheat your oven to 180 °C // 356 °F top/bottom heat and separate the eggs into two separate bowls.
  • Take the bowl with the egg yolks and add half of the superfine sugar and the entire vanilla sugar.
  • Beat the ingredients with an electric mixer until very foamy and set aside. 
  • Grab the bowl with the egg whites and add the second half of the superfine sugar. Beat them until very stiff. 
  • In the mixing bowl with the beaten egg yolks, gently fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites. Then sift the flour over it and mix it in
  • Fill the batter into the springform pans (about three-quarters full) and put the filled springform pans in the oven. 
  • Bake on the middle shelf for half an hour. 
  • Remove the springform pan(s) from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Before opening the springform pan, cut along the edge once with a sharp knife to ensure no dough sticks to the sides. 
  • Take the dough out of the springform pan and let it cool further on a cooling rack.
  • Once the dough is no longer warm, take the first sponge cake and cut it in half. Do the same with the second sponge. 

Please note that all my recipes are developed and tested in metric grams. I recommend using digital scales for more accurate results. I provided a conversion to US customary in the recipe, but please note that I haven't tested it using this method.

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Keyword Austrian recipe, cake bases, cake layers, no butter cake, short cake, sponge dough, sponge dough for cake layers, Viennese Sponge Cake Bases
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Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
Serving: 1Cake Base | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 246mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 357IU | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg