Whip the egg whites and salt in a clean, dry bowl until they hold a very soft peak. Whip in the remaining sugar gradually, continuing to whip the egg whites until they hold a soft, glossy peak. Stir one-fourth of the egg whites into the batter. Sift one-third of the corn flour or ground cornmeal over the batter and fold it in, then add another fourth of the egg whites, folding them in. Continue alternating the corn flour or cornmeal and the egg whites, ending with the egg whites. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out dry.
Cool the cake in the pan about 10 minutes, then invert onto a rack to complete cooling. Before serving, dust the cake with the confectioners’ sugar. Store leftovers tightly covered at room temperature.
Confectioners’ sugar for finishing
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