Birthday Sponge Cake

    50 min

    This is an incredibly simple recipe for a buttery cake. It makes a great base for birthday cakes, a wedding cake or cupcakes. Decorate with your favourite icing.

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    Makes: 1 20x30cm cake

    • 225g butter
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 4 eggs
    • 3 teaspoons baking powder
    • 375g plain flour
    • 250ml milk
    • 1 pinch salt

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour one 20x30cm tin or three 20cm or 23cm round cake tins.
    2. Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract.
    3. Separate the eggs and set the egg whites aside. Add the egg yolks one at a time to the creamed mixture, beating after each one.
    4. Measure the baking powder into the flour, sieve a little of the flour into the creamed mixture. Continue adding the flour and the milk alternately, while continually beating the mixture. Beat the cake batter until a few air bubbles show.
    5. Beat the 4 egg whites with a dash of salt until stiff. Gently fold egg whites into the batter. Pour batter into prepared tin(s).
    6. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 until cake(s) test done, approximately 25 to 35 minutes.

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    Im looking for a receipe for my daughters birthday cake that can hold well with fondant icing and that i can 2 tier, i saw your cake and thought it looked impressive so i just made it, unfortunatly it didnt work for me at all and i followed the method and ingredients word by word. I made it in a 20x30 tin and it barely cooked the top after over an hour later. So unfortunatly had to bin the lot.  -  03 Mar 2011


    Wonderful recipe! Although I used self-raising flour instead of plain  -  15 Feb 2012


    Hi, On the actual cake, is it frosting under the sugarpaste brown stripes?  -  17 Nov 2011