European Biskvit Cake with Easy Cream (Sponge)

Moist, delicious, and so easy to make. This sponge cake, aka Biskvit, is a classic Russian dessert.

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I’ve been meaning to share this recipe with you all for quite some time now. It is one of my favorite desserts for so many reasons! Here’s why you’ll absolutely love this:

  • It’s easy to make. You seriously only need 3 ingredients for the sponge. And another 3 for the cream. And you probably already have most, if not all, the ingredients at home already. 
  • You can decorate/garnish however you please. Because this cake and cream have a pretty subtle flavor, you can add whatever you’d like on top to make it unique. Fruits, nuts, ganache, shredded chocolate. They all work here!
  • It’s perfect for serving guests. Whether you’ve got guests coming over for brunch or dinner, this perfectly sweet treat will always get you tons of compliments.

This cake has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Since my childhood actually. And it wasn’t a favorite because of the reasons I shared with you above. These are just major pluses once you’re an adult. But I loved this cake because it was just so easy to enjoy.

Confused?

Because it isn’t over the top sweet, I would be able to eat more of it. I could enjoy it with tea, or a glass of cold milk. It tasted just as good in the morning as it did after dinner. It was always a no-fuss cake that didn’t leave my teeth aching or my stomach upset. It was the perfect cake. 

So I hope you enjoy my “perfect” cake. I’m sure it will become a staple in your home! Bon appetit! 

What do I need to make the batter?

  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour

What do I need to make the cream?

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 oz. cream cheese softened to room temperature (optional)

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Directions for Biskvit Cake:

  • Start off by separating egg yolks from egg whites and place them in two different bowls.

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  • Add 1/3 cup of sugar into the bowl with egg whites and beat on high speed until stiff. You will get more volume while beating the egg whites if you first bring the eggs to room temperature.  (The quick way to do so is to place them in lukewarm water for 5-10 minutes.)  Stop beating the egg whites as soon as they get fluffy and stiff, do not over-beat them or they will liquefy again.

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  • Add the second half of the sugar into the egg yolks and beat on high speed until fluffy and light yellow.
  • Place the egg yolk and sugar mixture into the bowl with beaten egg whites, and using a rubber spatula gently fold the egg yolks into the egg white mixture. Gently turn one half of the mixture over onto the other half. Continue to do so until the mixture is well combined. The purpose of folding is to retain the air you have beaten into your egg whites.  The finished mixture should still be a little lumpy.  Do not stir the mixture, as it will become runny and your cake will turn out flat.

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  • Now, sift in 2/3 cup of flour into the egg and sugar mixture and continue folding until the ingredients are well combined.  Try not to overmix; you don’t want to let all the air out of the beaten egg whites.  The more air stays in, the fluffier your cake will turn out.

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  • Transfer the batter into a greased 8-inch pan and bake at 355F for 20 minutes.  Do not open your oven while it’s baking.  You can check it after 20 minutes; add 5-10 more minutes if needed.
  • Take the cake out of the pan and let cool, then cut horizontally in two layers.

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While your cake is cooling down, prepare the cream:

  • Beat 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, start on low speed then increase to medium-high. Beat until light and fluffy, but do not overbeat. Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and mix on low speed for 1 minute.  Add 1 oz of softened cream cheese and mix until the cream is well combined. Make sure your cream cheese is very soft; you don’t want chunks of cream cheese in your light and fluffy cream. But as I mentioned above, this step is optional.  You don’t have to add the cream cheese. (Personally, in my opinion, it tastes better with the cream cheese). biskvit
  • Once the layers are cooled down, you can start putting the cake together. Place an equal amount of cream on each layer spread the cream evenly and put layers on top of each other. Apply the cream on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate as desired.

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Note:  I baked two portions and had 4 layers in my cake; you can do that if you want a tall cake like mine.  In that case, you will have to double the ingredients in the cream too.

  • Let stand for 2-3 hours before serving.  Enjoy with a cup of tea!

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Equipment I Used

Biskvit Cake Sponge

Biskvit Cake (sponge)

Sponge cake is your easy and simple cake recipe that goes well with any additional flavors.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Russian
Servings 10
Calories 222 kcal

Equipment

  • bowl
  • hand mixer
  • Spatula
  • sifter
  • cake pan
  • bread knife
  • cake spatula

Ingredients
  

For the batter:

  • 4 eggs separated, egg whites room temp
  • cup sugar
  • cup flour

For the cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 oz cream cheese softened, room temp (optional)

Instructions
 

For the cake batter:

  • Separate egg yolks from egg whites and place them in two different bowls.
    Biskvit Cake Sponge
  • Add ⅓ cup of sugar into the bowl with egg whites and beat on high speed until stiff.
  • Stop beating the egg whites as soon as they get fluffy and stiff. Do not over-beat them or they will liquefy again.
    Biskvit Cake Sponge
  • Add the second half of the sugar into the egg yolks and beat on high speed until fluffy and white yellow.
  • Place the egg yolk and sugar mixture into the bowl with the beaten egg whites.
  • Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg yolks into egg white mixture.
    Biskvit Cake Sponge
  • Now sift in ⅔ cup of flour into the egg and sugar mixture and continue folding until the ingredients are well combined. Try not to over mix; you don't want to let all the air out of the beaten egg whites. The more air stays in, the fluffier your cake will turn out.
    Biskvit Cake Sponge
  • Transfer the batter into a greased 8" pan and bake at 355F for 20 minutes. Do not open the oven until 20 minutes are up. Check the cake after 20 minutes and leave it in there for another 5-10 minutes if needed.
  • Take the cake out of the pan and let it cool down. Cut horizontally in two layers.
    Biskvit Cake Sponge
  • While your cake is cooling down prepare the cream.

For the cream:

  • Beat 1 cup heavy whipping cream, start on low speed then increase to medium high speed.
  • Beat until light and fluffy, but do not over beat. Add ½ cup of powdered sugar and mix on low speed for 1 minute.
  • Optional Step: Add 1 oz of softened cream cheese is very soft; you don't want chunks of cream cheese in your light and fluffy cream.
    Biskvit Cake Sponge

Putting the cake together:

  • Once the layers are cooled down, you can start putting the cake together. Place equal amount of cream on each layer. spread it evenly and put layers on top of each layer of cream.
  • Apply cream all around the cake and decorate as desired.
    Biskvit Cake Sponge
  • Let it stand for 2-3 hours before serving. Enjoy with a cup of tea!
    Biskvit Cake Sponge

Notes

You will get more volume while beating the egg whites if you first bring the eggs to room temperature.
It’s important to fold the batter, not stir because stirring it will make the mixture runny and the cake will turn out flat. The purpose of folding is to retain the air you have beaten into your egg whites. 
I baked two portions of the cake layers to make a tall cake with 4 cake layers and 4 layers of cream. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Biskvit Cake (sponge)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 44mg2%
Potassium 55mg2%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 483IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword biskvit, buttercream, cake, cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, russian cake, russian dessert, sponge cake
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