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About this recipe: Homemade birthday cakes are the best! I prepared this one for my husband's 40th and it was so delicious that I decided to share the recipe! The cake is an Italian sponge cake or 'pan di Spagna'. It's made without any raising agents or butter making it lovely and light. Instead of sweet frosting or icing, I covered the cake with crème pâtissière and fresh fruit.