Monday, October 18, 2010

Bizcocho de Saboya - Argentinean Sponge

Bizcocho de Saboya - Argentinean Sponge

The next few recipes are a lovely group that always come to mind as perfect tea time or visitor treats.  Eaten whilst you drink some mate or tea, or a nice big mug of milky coffee they are always in the homes of all Argentineans ready to be scoffed at the site of a visitor or a tea cup!

This lovely Bizcocho recipe is for a light sponge like cake which can be eaten plainly or have some jam/cream added to it.  Traditionally such afternoon time treats are kept simple so as not to spoil the up and coming dinner!


  • 7 eggs
  • 150g of cornflour
  • 50g of plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 250g of ground sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar (see below for how to make this)
  • Pinch of salt

Vanilla Sugar:

Put sugar into a glass bowl. Place the vanilla bean (found in the spice section of large supermarkets and some greengrocers, usually there are 2 pods in each package) into the bowl with the sugar . Stir well, cover and leave for a few a day (original recipe you can leave mixture to sit for a week so the sugar really gets the vanilla flavour - if you have time I recommend this!

Separate the whites and the egg yolk.  Place the egg yolks in a bowl with sugar and beat until they take on a whitish tinge.  Mix the cornflour and the four and add little by little to the mixture mixing through - try not to develop lumps and keep the mixture smooth.  Beat the egg whites until firm and they form peaks and add the salt and vanilla sugar.  Add to the mixture and fold through.

Place in a bowl of about 24cm in diameter.  Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees.

Place in the oven.  Don't open the oven for at least 20mins to allow the sponge to rise uninterrupted.  You don't want the sponge to take colour - about 50mins should do it - or as soon as a knife comes out clean.    

When ready - open the oven door and leave for 10mins so it doesn't fall.   Remove from the mold and place on a wire rack.  

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz,


  1. Just had the good fortune of finding your blog! It is wonderful, thank you!!

  2. Thanks so much Rebecca! I am so glad you are enjoying the blog! If you have any recipes you would like to share please feel free to send them along to
    Take care.
    Cocinar, comer and ser feliz!
    Leticia x


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