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Chinese Sponge Cake (Gai Don Go)



  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 9 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Beat egg whites until slightly foamy. Add 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar. Beat again until stiff.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and sugar. Add to egg yolks; add water, oil and vanilla extract and beat until creamy. Pour the mixture over egg whites gently and fold until well-blended.
  3. If using a 9 x 13-inch pan, bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes. If using a tube pan, bake for 35-40 minutes, inverting tube pan upside down while cooling.
  4. Serve with fruit topping and whipped cream.


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