Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A very light sweet cake made of flour, eggs, and sugar, flavored with lemon: so called from its light, spongy substance.

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Examples

  • Jean Cazals for The Wall Street Journal Cakes are created in the style of Stella McCartney (polka-dot sponge-cake dress), Valentino (orange and ginger clutch cake, with chocolate bow) and Miu Miu (a spicy biscuit shaped as a high heel).

    Standing on Ceremony

  • Guests are treated to a silver cake stand containing a collection of small, intricate cakes created in the style of Stella McCartney (polka-dot sponge-cake dress), Valentino (orange and ginger clutch cake, with chocolate bow) and Miu Miu (a spicy biscuit shaped as a high heel).

    The Most Agreeable Hour

  • I adored those soggy, syrupy messy sponge-cake cups, but more than anything, I loved the whipped cream.

    Long days, strawberry shortcake nights | Homesick Texan

  • The packaged sponge-cake kind never satisfied as the juice and cream turned the cakes into a soggy mush; you need the heft of a biscuit to carry the weight.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Inside she found, nicely wrapped in white papers, a ham sandwich, a piece of sponge-cake, a pickle, a slice of new cheese and an apple.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • Sweeting was, indeed, her own favourite: she endeavoured to respect Messrs. Malone and Donne; but the slices of sponge-cake, and glasses of cowslip or primrose wine, she had at different times administered to Sweeting when he came to see her in her little cottage, were ever offered with sentiments of truly motherly regard.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • One, called mogametsa, is a bean with a little pulp round it, which tastes like sponge-cake; another, named mawa, grows abundantly on a low bush.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • And, red with heat and pride, Polly drew a great golden-crusted, blown-up sponge-cake along the oven shelf.

    Australia Felix

  • "Oh, oh! and they had fricasseed chicken, with Mary's nice toast under it; and you have sponge-cake and wine-jelly; and I haven't nuffin; there isn't one single butter cracker in the house!"

    Connor Magan's Luck and Other Stories

  • Both chick-weed and groundsel are insignificant little things, but the epicurean lark, canary, or goldfinch finds in it a most agreeable and beneficial article of diet, quite as much superior to other green stuff as -- in the minds of some boys and girls -- ice-cream and sponge-cake are superior to roast-beef and potatoes.

    St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878

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