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My friend is from New Zealand and us asking for a white sponge cake. Is that the same as a white cake in the U.S.? or does she really mean sponge cake?

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The New Zealand Edmonds cook book has a sponge cake recipe something like this. It's the only cook book we are allowed to use :-)


  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup Edmonds Fielder's cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon Edmonds plain baking flour
  • 1 teaspoon Edmonds baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons golden syrup
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water


  • Beat egg whites until stiff
  • Beat in sugar then yolks
  • Sift cornflour, flour and baking powder into egg mixture
  • Add golden syrup dissolved in boiling water and mix gently with a metal spoon
  • Pour into two greased and lined 20 cm sandwich tins
  • Bake at 190°C for 20 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched
  • Leave in tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack
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Is the cake white or yellow? 3 yolks should taint it, I think. – Mien Jun 13 '13 at 7:59
And what does "cornflour" mean in new Zealand, rough ground corn, or corn starch? – SAJ14SAJ Jun 13 '13 at 14:11
Cornflour = cornstarch in the UK, Australia and NZ – ElendilTheTall Jun 14 '13 at 15:58
@Mien, in general NZ eggs are not very yellow, or very large – TFD Jun 15 '13 at 0:03
@SAJ14SAJ Yes, corn starch from corn flour- – TFD Jun 15 '13 at 0:04

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