Pao de lo | Portuguese Sponge Cake #SundaySupper

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by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 32 comments

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Have you ever watched  a movie and it immediately speaks to you? Movies can bring back so many memories from our backgrounds, from out childhood, from our love of food.  I can still remember the first time I saw My Big Fat Greek Wedding… not only did it speak to me, it was reality for me.  You can imagine, being an immigrant, we ate “strange” things and we did “strange” things in our home.   You know, we tend to put flowers in the middle of bundt cakes because there is a hole that needs to be covered.  Do you remember that scene from My Big Fat Greek Wedding? I kid you not, my mother really does this.  Her tasty and very delicious Pao de Lo, Portuguese Sponge Cake…becomes a centerpiece by the time Vovo is done with it.

When one of our Sunday Supper Contributors, Heather from girlichef, suggested this weeks theme, I was ALL over it.  Who hasn’t watched a movie scene involving food and immediately related it to their own life?

Pao de Lo is light and fluffy around the outside but the texture changes when you get to the middle.  The texture becomes heavier and the simplicity of the cake becomes more complex. The simple but complex flavor just speaks for itself.  You must try it in order to understand.  

It wouldn’t be a Holiday without Vovo’s Pao de Lo.  This year at Christmas, Vovo decorated in her typical Vo-vo fashion, she proceeded to add a fake poinsettia in the middle…. Ola!  Now you understand why I can so relate to My Big Fat Greek Wedding…. the scene where the mother sticks the plant in the middle of the bundt cake because there was a hole in it. 

Thank you Heather, girlichef,  for the inspiration and super fun theme this week!  I am in love this with weeks Sunday Supper Recipes and love the movies behind them!

Pao de Lo | Portuguese Sponge Cake

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Pao de Lo | Portuguese Sponge Cake

Pao de Lo | Portuguese Sponge Cake

Ingredients

  • 9 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour. sifted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp grated lemon

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl beat the eggs until foamy.
  2. Add sugar and beat for at least 20 minutes until batter becomes very thick.
  3. Add lemon.
  4. Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl.
  5. Add the flour mixture 1/4 cup at a time on low speed.
  6. Don’t over beat.
  7. Grease a bundt pan.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes before removing it from the pan.
  10. Flip onto a plate and decorate with a plant (kidding).
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Nicole April 14, 2013 at 8:30 am

Mmm…. looks delicious. :)

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FamilyFoodie April 14, 2013 at 9:21 am

Come have a cup of coffee with me and enjoy this cake…

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FamilyFoodie April 14, 2013 at 9:21 am

Come have a cup of coffee with me and enjoy this cake…

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Jennie @themessybakerblog April 14, 2013 at 8:34 am

I love that movie! This sponge cake looks delicious!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 14, 2013 at 8:43 am

Yum! Your sponge cake looks amazing! I just want grab a piece with my hand and just eat it, no fork needed!!

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FamilyFoodie April 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

That’s exactly how I eat it!

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Maureen April 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

I know I’m going to sound stupid but I will never know until I ask. What are extra leggs ? I’m American but I’ve lived in Australia for a long time and we have no leggs. :)

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FamilyFoodie April 14, 2013 at 9:20 am

Maureen…. I am so glad you caught that… total typo! Large Eggs… I am truly turning into my mother. You should see how she write her recipes, but in this case it was totally ME!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for catching that!

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) April 14, 2013 at 9:23 am

I looove My Big Fat Greek Wedding and I love that your family put flowers inside the “buntd cack” too :P

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Renee April 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

I’m giggling over how your mom puts flowers in the middle of a bundt cake. It’s really a fun idea, especially if you use edible flowers (note to self).

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Amy April 14, 2013 at 10:11 am

I love your story! Can I come over for a slice?

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Stacy April 14, 2013 at 11:03 am

Wow, nine whole eggs! That must be one amazing cake! And it is beautiful with the poinsettia. Just perfect for a Christmas table, Isabel.

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Jen @JuanitasCocina April 14, 2013 at 11:23 am

All I think of when I see MBFGW is…WINDEX! :D

Love this cake…with or without flowers!

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Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb April 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

what’s the meaning of lo in pao de lo? Is it a place?
lol I have never seen that with the flowers but it makes definitely sense. I had seen the movie but that must have been ages ago otherwise I would certainly remember the cake part. ^.^
Thanks for sharing Isabell!

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Amanda @ MarocMama April 14, 2013 at 11:50 am

Love this recipe! I don’t know if I’ve ever told you this but Portugal is at the top of my travel bucket list, I have to make it happen this year!

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Alaiyo Kiasi April 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I absolutely loved “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” I and love how easy your cake recipe looks–especially the photo with the flour in the middle. I think even I, a challenged baker, could give this one a try. Thanks for the inspiration. I think I’ll go pop in that DVD right now and watch that bundt cake scene again!

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Laura Dembowski April 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I love cake and this seems so unique. Can’t wait to give it a try with all the different textures!

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Heather @girlichef April 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Oh man, I loved visiting my friends whose parents and grandparents were immigrants when I was little….the smells coming from their kitchens were THE BEST! MBFGW is one of my favorite foodie-movies and I cannot see a bundt cake without thinking about it. I love this post, Isabel! :)

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Liz April 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm

LOL at Vovo! Way to make a cake festive!!! Loved that movie, too…and am drooling at the sound of this spectacular cake :)

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Diana @GourmetDrizzles April 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Some of my favorite lines ever come from this movie!!! Love it! And too funny that your Mom covers up the holes too ;-) Thanks for sharing this great cake, sounds delicious.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen April 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm

It looks and sounds so simple, but your description is so intriguing! That scene with the plant is one of the best ever.

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Shannon @VillageGirlBlog April 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm

This movie is exactly how my wedding went. lol I love it! Your cake looks so good, I could devour it with a cup of coffee :) Yum

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Tara April 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm

What a beauty of a sponge cake. Love it with the flower!! Great post!!

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Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) April 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm

What a beautifully delicious centerpiece! Pao de Lo sounds wonderful.

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Martin D. Redmond April 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Yummy! Your cake looks wonderful Isabel. Love a good bundt cake!

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The Ninja Baker April 14, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Yikes! I didn’t know adding a flower in the middle of a bundt was odd. I think it’s beautiful. And your Pao de Lo looks and sounds divine. Interesting how you say the texture changes from light to dense. You’re right. This is a must try.

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Jess @HungryHarps April 15, 2013 at 3:11 am

This spongecake looks amazing! I can’t believe I am going to admit this, but I still haven’t seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding… Perhaps I should make this spongecake and sit down to enjoy the movie! Thank you for sharing. :)

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Tammi @ Momma's Meals April 15, 2013 at 7:52 am

Love the idea of trying a new sponge cake!! Thanks for sharing…….you make the middle worth getting to! Happy #SundaySupper!

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Shelby | Diabetic Foodie April 15, 2013 at 9:09 am

Great movie and the cake sounds heavenly. I’m with Jen, though, whenever I think of MBFGW, I think of Windex!

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Katy April 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I love all the movies that have been chosen, but My Big Fat Greek Wedding is such a good choice! It’s my Grandma’s favourite film and to watch it with her, whilst she laughs so hard, is just magic. I can imagine this cake makes a great centrepiece for celebrations – particularly with a flower-display!

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Conni @FoodieArmyWife April 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm

That is such a good movie! And this cake? Wow, that looks so moist and delicious. I’ll have to try this one!

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Betty Ann @Mango_Queen April 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm

What a great, yet simple recipe. I like the simplicity of it and the flavor of lemons makes it just right. Thanks for sharing, Isabel and the nice blog-visit :-)

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