ge·​noise zhā-ˈnwäz How to pronounce genoise (audio)
variants or génoise
: a sponge cake containing butter and leavened by stiffly beaten eggs

Examples of genoise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Black Forest Cake with chocolate genoise, cherry preserves, and Swiss meringue buttercream? Rick Lewis, Bon Appétit, 26 Oct. 2023 Shariat will make butternut squash pierogi, a cardamom duck dish with pomegranate and parsnip puree and a pistachio genoise (with his signature homemade pistachio paste) with saffron ice cream for dessert. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 3 Jan. 2020 End it with Green Tea Opera (green tea genoise with matcha ice cream). Dwight Brown, Essence, 20 Dec. 2019 The wedding cake was a gluten-free almond genoise with layers of raspberry jam and almond cream from Brooklyn’s Colson Patisserie. Belathée, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 Oct. 2019 Delicate sponge cakes, such as genoise or angel food, which have been calculated to work in a specific shape pan for a specific amount of time to generate a specific amount of lift, are not as amenable to changes. Becky Krystal, Houston Chronicle, 8 July 2019

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Word History


French génoise, from feminine of génois of Genoa, Italy

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of genoise was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Genoise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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