Preparation info

  • Serve

    4 to 6

    unless otherwise stated.
    • Difficulty


Appears in

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

By Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright

Published 1999

  • About

This is a Spanish cake, one that used to be made for me by my mother’s Spanish domestic couple, Ferdinand and Isabel. The name always intrigued me as a child, and I still love the richness of the recipe.


For the sponge cake

  • 5 extra large eggs, separated
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup


Take a 15- by 10½-inch jelly roll pan and line it with parchment paper. Grease the paper well with butter.

Put the egg yolks, lemon zest, and half the sugar in a bowl, and whisk hard until the mixture looks like thick, pale custard. This should take 2-3 minutes. In another bowl, whisk the egg w