Orange Glazed Sponge Cake
6 eggs, separated, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
1/3 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1/2 unpeeled orange, finely chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1/2 cup powdered sugar
In a mixing bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened. Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, beating until thick and lemon colored. Blend in orange juice and peel. Sift together flour and salt; add to batter. Beat until smooth. In another mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until stiff peaks form. Fold one-fourth of the egg whites into the batter; fold in remaining whites. Spoon into an ungreased 10 inch tube pan; smooth the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely. Meanwhile, for glaze, combine water, orange and 1/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until very thick and almost all the water has evaporated. Remove from the heat; blend in butter and powdered sugar. Run a knife around sides of cake and remove to a serving platter. Spread warm glaze over the top and sides of cake.
Makes 12 to 16 servings.