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Genoise cake

Genoise cake.

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Definition: In the culinary arts, the word Genoise refers to a simple sponge cake made with eggs, sugar, cake flour and melted butter along with vanilla extract.

Genoise cake is made using the foaming method of cake-making, in which the sugar and eggs are combined and gently warmed, and then beaten with a whisk until thick and foamy. Cake flour is then carefully folded into the whipped egg mixture, along with melted butter and vanilla and then immediately baked.

Thus genoise cakes are leavened only with the air whipped into the eggs rather than a chemical leavening agent like baking soda or baking powder, or a biological leavening agent like yeast.

Chocolate genoise is a standard variation on the plain genoise and is made by substituting cocoa powder for part of the cake flour.
Pronunciation: ZHEN-wahz, JENN-wahz

Also see: Sponge Cake Recipe
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