A light and reliable sponge cake
This is based on a traditional French recipe
Ingredients:to make an 8"/ 20cm cake
4 oz / 100g ground almonds
5 oz / 125g sugar
2 oz / 50g
4 large eggs
1tbsp / 40ml rum
1 drop vanilla essence
Beat the eggs one at a time into the almonds. This is better donewith a food processor than with a mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, vanillaessence and rum. Then gradually add the flour, mixing well to form a smoothpaste.
Place the mixture in a greased and lined 8" / 20cm sponge tin.
gas mark 4 350°F 180°C
Bake for 30 to 45 minutes .
Cool for ten minutes before turning out onto a wire tray.
When cold cover with a white vanilla icing.
Variations: can be flavoured with lemon, chocolate or coffee.