Basic Sponge Cake


Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Makes

    1 Γ— 18 cm

    layered cake

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My daughter Aerin loves to bake and is super creative.

I came home from work the other day and she had baked a cake – nothing out of the ordinary about that, but she had decorated the cake perfectly using heart-shaped cookie cutters. Genius!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 15–20 minutes


  • 250 g butter, at room temperature
  • 250 g castor sugar
  • 5 ml vanilla essence
  • 4 large eggs
  • 250 g cake flour
  • 7 ml baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Water, for mixing
  • Jam, for serving
  • Icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 Β°C. Line two 18 cm cake tins.
  2. Cream the butter and castor sugar together until softened. Add the vanilla essence and gradually beat in the eggs, one at a time. Do not worry if the mixture looks split as the flour will bring it together again.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
  4. Fold the flour mixture spoon by spoon into the creamed mixture, adding a little water each time to form a batter with a soft dropping consistency.
  5. Divide the mixture between the prepared cake tins and bake for 15–20 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven, turn out of the tins and allow to cool on racks.
  7. Sandwich together with jam of your choice and dust with icing sugar.