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How to make an easy sponge cake?


  • 225g softened butter
  • 225g golden caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ lemon, zested
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • splash of milk
  • Lemon curd, jam, and softly whipped cream are optional fillings.
  • icing sugar for dusting


  • STEP 1Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4 and butter and line two 20cm spring-form cake pans with baking paper.
  • STEP 2Using an electric whisk Combine the butter and sugar till pale and creamy. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the basin after each addition. Combine the lemon zest, vanilla, flour, milk, and a bit of salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk until just combined then divide the mixture between the two tins.
  • STEP 3Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean. After 10 minutes, take the cakes from the pans and place them on a wire rack to cool fully. Fill up the blanks as you see fit. My personal favorite is a generous dollop of lemon curd topped with fresh cream and dusted with icing sugar. It will keep for three days.

Related Questions

  • What ingredients are in a sponge cake?


    1. 225g softened butter.
    2. 225g golden caster sugar.
    3. 4 large eggs.
    4. ½ lemon, zested.
    5. 1 tsp vanilla extract.
    6. 225g self-raising flour.
    7. splash of milk.
    8. Lemon curd, jam, and softly whipped cream are optional fillings.
  • What is the secret to a good sponge cake?

    9 Suggestions for Making the Greatest Sponge Cake Ever

    1. Prepare all your ingredients.
    2. Keep the ingredients at room temperature.
    3. Mix it up.
    4. Don’t rush! .
    5. Don’t over-mix.
    6. Keep milk close.
    7. Use real ingredients as best as you can.
    8. Use a greaseproof paper.
  • How is sponge cake different from regular cake?

    According paraphrase Mrs Beeton, a Victorian cooking writer, “genuine sponges contain no fat,” merely eggs (which do include some fat) and sugar whisked to an emulsion with some flour gently mixed in so as not to damage the mixture’s bubble structure. All other types of cake contain added fats.

  • What are the 4 types of sponge cakes?

    4 Main Types of Sponge Cakes in Baking

    1. Biscuit Sponge.
    2. Genoise.
    3. Angel Food Cake.
    4. Chiffon Cake.
    5. (Special mention) Jaconde Sponge.