My Very First Sponge Cake

Feeling very happy right now as I have just made my first Sponge Cake.  I was so careful making this cake, taking my time and concentrating on one step at a time.  

I'm working through a section of my favourite cookbook 'The Australian Women's Weekly The Country Table' and this Featherlight Sponge Cake was next in line.  

Sponge Cake


Ingredients
4 eggs
¾ cup caster sugar
⅔ cup cornflour
¼ cup custard powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
½ teaspoon bicarb soda
⅓ cup apricot jam
300ml thickened cream, whipped

Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan forced.

Grease and flour two 22cm round cake tins.

I borrowed Mum's tins so that gave me a good start.


Beat the eggs and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until they become thick and creamy and the sugar has completely dissolved.  This takes at least five minutes.

Eggs and sugar mixed to a creamy consistency.

Transfer to a large bowl.

Gently fold in the triple sifted dry ingredients.  Divide the mixture evenly between the two cake tins.



Bake sponges for 20 minutes.

Let them sit for 5 minutes before turning them onto a wire rack which has been lined with baking paper.  Turn them so the top side is facing up.  As the cakes are so delicate and soft the baking paper ensures they will not stick to the cooling rack.

So happy they came out of the tins easily - was sweating a bit there.

Once completely cool spread one half with the apricot jam followed by the cream.  Place the other cake half on top.

You can either dust the top with sifted icing sugar or make a vanilla icing mix.  The icing I used today was a mix of icing sugar, milk, butter, vanilla and boiled water.  

I really am just over the moon with how this cake turned out.

Everyone said it was absolutely delicious, has a great flavour and is light and fluffy.  I'm happy with that.  Using the eggs from our chickens also gives it that beautiful colour too.

Looking at that picture makes me feel proud.  I really am just so happy right now and couldn't wait to share it with you all.


 


22 comments

  1. Wow, it looks light as a feather, what an achievement! You clever girl. I have never attempted a sponge cake, my darling mum used to make one which was so special, she always filled hers with strawberry jam and heavenly whipped cream. Have a lovely weekend.
    Fi

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    1. I was thinking of something similar next time with fresh strawberries and cream. We have Father's Day coming up and also our daughter's birthday end of September - I'm thinking Sponge Cakes 🙂.

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  2. Congratulations ... that looks amazing! Love the idea of apricot jam in the filling too. Meg:)

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    1. I also think the apricot colour goes really well with the colour of the cake - ties it all together.

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  3. It looks fabulous, Kylie. All I can remember about making sponge cakes is someone saying not to bang the oven door when baking it.

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    1. That made me smile as whilst it was baking our daughter walked past the oven and I pretty much stood guard at that oven door.

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  4. Wow! Prize winner, I reckon!

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  5. Well done Kylie. You should feel proud. Your sponge cake looks beautiful-an amazing result for your first attempt.
    I am a new reader of your blog and just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy finding out what has been happening in terms of cooking, gardening, chickens, pets and cookbooks. We have a lot in common as I love gardening and cooking. We have 5 delightful hens (Ginger, Audrey, Sophia, Ava & Grace) and I too love spending time with them and cooking with their beautiful eggs. The AWW The Country Table is one of my favourite cookbooks too and I have more cookbooks than I have book shelf space for.
    I especially like reading your menu plans as they give me ideas for my own meal planning. I'm looking forward to making the vegetarian sausage rolls for my daughter who has been a vegetarian for the past 7 years.
    Thank you for an interesting blog. Keep up the great work.
    Warm regards, Maria. (from Adelaide)

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    1. A big welcome to you Maria and thankyou so much for your kind words.
      We really do have a lot in common so I'm glad you found me.
      I hope your daughter enjoys the sausage rolls.

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  6. You should be proud, it looks delicious. X

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    1. Thankyou. I keep looking at it and thinking 'I made that.'

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  7. Mmm it looks delicious. It's tea time here and your cake made me hungry. :)

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    1. Now, if you eat all off your tea I'll share some with you 🙂.

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  8. What a brilliant cake! I really relate to the "I made that!" feeling and the sense of achievement it brings. I like the idea of working your way through a cookbook. The Women's Weekly books are really great. Thanks for sharing. Cake for breakfast on a Sunday? Why not! Cheers, Jo

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    1. Cake for breakfast - now why didn't I think of that!

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  9. Your cake looks simply delicious. Yummo!

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    1. Thankyou - wish I could share with you.

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  10. WooHoo! Well done on the sponge cake, they are so much nicer when they are homemade! It looks fantastic!

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  11. Oh wow! That looks divine! It sounds delicious, too. I love cakes with whipped cream. It looks so old fashioned. You did a wonderful job. I may have to try this recipe. My dad would love it, especially the apricot jam!

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  12. WOW. That looks delicious. What a fantastic job you did. The one and only attempt I ever had at making a sponge ended up needing an axe to get through the top of it :(.

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    1. That made me smile Lyndie. I was actually afraid of the same thing too. This is a good little recipe.

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