Basic vanilla sponge cake

    45 min

    This sponge cake is a great base for so many creations. Decorate simply for afternoon tea or more fancy for special occasions like birthdays.


    County Dublin, Ireland
    976 people made this

    Serves: 10 

    • 150g butter, at room temperature
    • 150g caster sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 150g self raising flour
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

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

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease 2 (15cm) cake tins and line with baking parchment.
    2. In a bowl, with an electric handheld whisk beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift the flour in gradually along with the vanilla extract until a smooth mixture forms. Distribute the cake mixture evenly between the two prepared cake tins.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Allow the cakes to cool completely before filling and decorating.

    For a larger cake:

    You can use the same recipe unchanged for larger 25cm cake.

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    Reviews in English (5)


    This was the simplest cake in the world and it took no time it was delicious thanks I added food colouring and jam and cream in the middle it was so good!! Xxxx  -  21 Jul 2016


    Very good! Extremely simple recipe and a good base for toppings.  -  06 Mar 2018


    I think it was very good but I'm not good at baking😂  -  25 Feb 2018