Simple vanilla sponge cake

    45 min

    An incredibly quick and easy cake to make when you're short of time. Enjoy with a light dusting of icing sugar or top with your favourite icing. You can also use this recipe to make cupcakes.

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    Makes: 1 20cm square cake

    • 200g plain flour
    • 2 tablespoons cornflour
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 70g margarine
    • 150ml milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 egg

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 20cm square tin.
    2. Sieve flour, cornflour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add margarine and milk. Mix until smooth, then add vanilla and egg. Mix well.
    3. Pour into prepared tin. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

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    It's just a matter of personal expectations, I guess, that account for the variation in reviews of this recipe. This is a basic, standard recipe for Dinette Cake that is quite common and has been around forever, so again, liking it or not is a matter of personal preference because there isn't anything "wrong" with the recipe. I didn't like it and won't tinker with it to make it better or different. It IS fluffy and moist, but it has a coarse, open crumb I found unappealing.  -  06 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Bravo ! Excellent coffee cake. Very easy to make. I added a tablespoon of shortening and an extra teaspoon of vanilla & butter extract for added moistness and flavor. Overall an A+ ! Works great in a mini toaster oven  -  19 May 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have this thing about cooking with shortening, I hate it. So, instead I substituted Land-O-Lakes Light Butter, and the cakes (we made mini, individual heart cakes instead of one big one) came out absolutely delicious. They were fluffy and moist and had a lot of flavor.  -  27 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)