Yes, learning about sponges! Making sponges is the most basic skill any Pastry Chef should know how to make. It is the basis of most cakes.
We made a genoise sponge cake and a Black Forest swiss roll.
Do you know what are the difference between a conventional sponge and genoise sponge?
Conventional Sponge - made from eggs, sugar and flour.
Genoise Sponge - made from eggs, sugar, flour and butter.
Genoise Sponge is definitely richer in taste and texture.
The more eggs that you put in making a sponge, the higher and richer in quality it'll be.
Making sponge is really simple once you've master the technique of folding the flour into the batter without beating out too much of air.
We were taught to use a whisk, spatula and a scraper. There's no right tool to use when folding the flour in, it is what you're most comfortable with.
*note - do not use the whisk to whisk but rather using it like a spatula.
I hope this is not all too confusing for you.
Here's what I made....
Genoise Sponge topped with Meringue, Strawberries, Sugared Almonds
Black Forest Swiss Roll
Let's move on to making more cakes shall we! :)