Joanne's yummy scrummy sponge cake

    40 min

    This is a recipe my mother taught me to make. A great, simple, tasty sponge cake that you can whip up in a rush using simple store cupboard ingredients. No fuss. It tastes great with or without icing, and you can serve it with almost anything. the ultimate simple pleasure.

    County Meath, Ireland
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    Makes: 1 sponge cake

    • 175g (6 oz) plain flour
    • 125g (4 oz) butter or margarine
    • 125g (4 oz) sugar
    • 2 medium eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Set the oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Grease a 23cm round cake tin or two shallow sandwich tins.
    2. You can make this cake as an all in one method by throwing everything into a bowl and mixing it with an electric beater. If the mixture is a little dry, add a tablespoon of water or milk at a time until you get the right consistency.
    3. Alternatively, you can do this: cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time, taking care to beat each one in well. Slowly add the flour with a sieve. Once again if the mixture is a little thick or dry, add water with a tablespoon. Be sure too add the vanilla at then end, and mix it well.
    4. Tip the mixture into your prepared tin(s). Bake until golden and risen and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes for two sandwich tins or 30 to 40 minutes for one round cake tin.
    5. Cool the cake in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate once completely cooled.

    Optional ingredients

    Replace 85g (3 oz) of the flour with 85g (3 oz) cocoa powder for a chocolate cake.

    Cook's tip

    This recipe is for 1 sponge cake, but can also make 2 smaller cakes suitable for a Victoria sandwich. This recipe an also be used to make fairy/queen cakes, which are great for a child's birthday party. They are not too sweet, and are a tasty base for a whole host of toppings, icing, chocolate, sprinkles and what ever else you can think of. Enjoy!

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    Super easy and quick sponge cake. This came out fantastic and only took me a few minutes to toss together and into the oven. I'll definitely be using this again when I make a trifle or strawberry shortcake!  -  27 Jan 2012


    This was easy to make although it actually took an extra 10 mins to bake and it wasn't light and fluffy but quite stodgey.  -  18 Jun 2012


    did not tell me in the ingredients that i needed vanilla extract !!!!! i am not happy about this i didn't notice until it was in the baking tray , nearly messed up my celebratory cake , i was not happy , it ruined the cake-making experience . although it has not finished cooking i hope it will worth it! 😊 nothing against the recipe just the way its worded 😊  -  12 May 2013