American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A very light, porous cake made of flour, sugar, beaten eggs, and flavoring and containing no shortening.
- n. A light, soft, baked dessert (commonly layered with cream and jam) that is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder and eggs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a kind of sweet cake which is light and spongy.
- n. a light porous cake made with eggs and flour and sugar without shortening
“On her sixteenth birthday, Ruth came home from school and found her mother had bought some of her favorite foods: the sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves, both kinds, one with meat filling, one with sweet red-bean paste, as well as a Chinese sponge cake stuffed with strawberries and whipped cream.”
“She felt in the humor for being petted, and having beef-tea and jelly, and sponge cake with her tea, and for a day or two this was all very well.”
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