Italian Sponge Cake (Pan Di Spagna)

Pag Ni Spagna Sponge Cake

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying the new year!  Unfortunately, I had to step away in November.  We took a last minute trip to Denver, Colorado, which was amazing by the way!  Then came the holidays and another planned trip to the North Carolina mountains in December.  Between these wonderful trips, homeschooling, a puppy, and other mounting responsibilities, I had to take an unplanned break. I have missed visiting all my blogger friends and catching up.

I thought I would start back with a recipe I made for New Year’s day, and one of my daughter’s favorites.  I originally shared this as part of a blogging contest.  It has since become one of my favorite quick and not too sweet desserts.  It is fantastic with a cup of coffee.  I hope you all enjoy this delicious sponge cake and I look forward to catching up!

Here are some pics from our recent adventures.

Here are Zoe and Alex at the Hammond’s Candy in Denver, CO.  They were just a little excited. 😉

Fun in the snow!

Delicious homemade calzones with a view!

Have you ever been to the Biltmore in Asheville, NC?  It is worth the visit!

Our little puppy, Bella, is over 8 months old now.  I couldn’t forget her. 😀

Pan Di Spagna (Italian Sponge Cake)

Pan Di Spagna (Italian Sponge Cake)


  • Cake recipe adapted from As Easy As Apple Pie
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup and 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. real vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 orange
    Orange Whipped Cream
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. real vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. real orange extract
  • zest of 1 orange
  • Make sure your eggs are not cold. Either leave them out long enough to come down to room temperature or place them in a bowl of warm water.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare your cake pan. I used a 9 inch round springform pan with deep sides (2 1/2 inches). Butter the pan on the sides and bottom well. Cut parchment paper to fit the bottom and sides. Place the bottom piece in the cake pan and then line the sides. I found this method worked very well.
  • Place the eggs, sugar, orange zest, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl and beat until the eggs are fluffy and pale yellow (about 15 minutes). When you lift a little of the egg mixture and drop it back, it should stay on top.
  • Sift the flour into the egg mixture in 2 to 3 batches, gently folding in with each addition.
  • Pour the batter into the pan. Do not bang the pan on the counter or smooth the top.
  • Place in the preheated oven and cook for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Do not open the oven for the first 20 minutes. I cooked at a slightly higher temperature than the original recipe called for and my cake was done in 30 minutes.
  • Let the cake sit in the pan for 10 minutes before releasing it. Once cooled and ready to serve, add powdered sugar to the top of the cake and serve with my orange whipped cream on the side (see below for the directions).
  • Whipped Cream
  • Add cold cream, vanilla, orange, and orange zest to a mixer with a wire whip attachment and set to high. Don't forget to cover it up!
  • Once it slightly begins to thicken, steadily add the sugar (I like to stop and scrape the bowl once the sugar is incorporated).
  • Stop and check the whipped cream once you see it begin to thicken. The whipped cream is ready when it will hold its form (note: you may have to check it several times the first time you make it). Be careful not to over mix or it will separate.
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days or serve immediately with your cake.
  • I am looking forward to sharing this yummy sponge cake at Fiesta Friday #206!  Your lovely cohosts this week are Diann @ Of Goats and Greens and Shinta @ Caramel Tinted Life.

    24 Responses to“Italian Sponge Cake (Pan Di Spagna)”

    1. 01/11/2018 at 2:32 pm #

      Welcome back. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Happy New Year, too.

        01/11/2018 at 3:38 pm #

        Thank you Peggy, it was a lot of fun! Have a fantastic rest of your week! 😀

    2. 01/11/2018 at 4:59 pm #

      Hi Antonia, welcome back. Looks like you had fun during your travels, and the photo of the kids in the candy store cracked me up. A little sugar anyone? Ha ha. The cake looks lovely and perfect with that cup of coffee. Happy New Year. 🙂

        01/11/2018 at 6:32 pm #

        Thanks Diana, I hope you are doing well! Me too, they are too funny…and all that candy! Thank you so much! Happy New Year and have a wonderful end to your week! 😀

    3. 01/12/2018 at 8:45 am #

      What fun you all had !!! Love all your pic’s and Bella is just so gorgeous and so big now 🙂 Your cake looks so divine. I haven’t made a sponge cake in quite sometime. Your recipe sounds perfect. Happy New Year Antonia 🙂 Have a great weekend.

        01/12/2018 at 4:13 pm #

        It was so nice, thank you Lynne! She is getting so big, it is almost hard to believe how fast dogs grow up. Thank you for the kind words. Happy New Year to you as well! 😀

    4. 01/12/2018 at 3:01 pm #

      Glad to see you back Antonia and with such a pretty dessert. Looks like your time off was spent well vacationing with family, having a good time and enjoying the holidays 🙂

        01/12/2018 at 4:14 pm #

        Thank you so much Judi! It was wonderful and the kids had a such good time. I hope your holidays were nice and Happy New Year! 😀

    5. 01/13/2018 at 4:52 am #

      Thanks for sharing the pics, and happy new year!

        01/15/2018 at 9:56 pm #

        Happy New Year Jen! 😀

    6. 01/13/2018 at 4:59 pm #

      yum yum! looks like soft spongy cake and would make for a wonderful dessert! #fiestafriday

        01/15/2018 at 9:56 pm #

        Thank you so much Ann! Have a wonderful week!

    7. 01/14/2018 at 7:14 pm #

      Beautiful, I can almost smell the orange through the monitor… This looks really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe with Fiesta Friday, and also especially your vacation pics.

        01/15/2018 at 10:00 pm #

        Thank you for the kind words Diann! Have an awesome week and Happy Fiesta Friday! 😀

    8. 01/17/2018 at 8:29 am #

      What a wonderful break! I love the pictures and seeing your adventures! The candy store picture is hilarious. The cake sounds amazing! So glad your back.

        01/17/2018 at 8:55 am #

        Thank you Lynn! I love that picture too, it is so fitting! They couldn’t believe how much candy was in there. 😀

    9. 01/17/2018 at 9:22 am #

      Zoe and Alex are adorable and so is Bella! Thanks for sharing your adventure and this wonderful cake!

        01/17/2018 at 10:02 am #

        Thank you Debbie! Have a fantastic day! 😀

    10. 01/17/2018 at 11:08 am #

      I haven’t had sponge cake in decades. This looks wonderful (and so does Belle).

        01/17/2018 at 10:09 pm #

        Thank you Jacqui! Have a fantastic day tomorrow! 😀

    11. Sandhya
      01/17/2018 at 3:06 pm #

      So happy to see you back here Antonia! I am so glad that you had such fun times with your family. Alex and Zoe are so adorable and so is Bella! Great photos!

        01/17/2018 at 10:08 pm #

        Thank you so much Sandhya! Have a wonderful end to your week!

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