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How to Make a Basic Yet Brilliant Sponge Cake: Recipes, Tips & Tricks

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How to Make a Basic Yet Brilliant Sponge Cake: Recipes, Tips & Tricks

A classic sponge cake is a delightful summertime dessert that never fails to impress with its lightness, refreshing flavours, and versatility.

Whether you’re a novice baker or a seasoned expert, mastering the art of creating a perfect sponge cake is a rewarding experience that will absolutely elevate your baking repertoire.

From choosing the right ingredients and mastering the mixing technique to selecting the perfect sponge cake recipe to follow, we’ll share essential tips and tricks to make sure your sponge cakes turn out beautifully every time.

So, grab your apron, preheat the oven, and let’s dive into the wonderful world of sponge cake baking.

5 tips and tricks for perfecting your sponge cake 


Proper pan preparation

Make sure your cake tins are properly greased and lined with parchment paper. This keeps the cake from sticking to the pan, allowing for easy release and preserving its shape.


Sifting for a smooth texture

Sift your dry ingredients, such as flour and baking powder, before incorporating them into the batter. This step removes lumps and ensures a smooth, even texture in your cake.


Precision in timing

Be vigilant with the baking time, as over- or under-baking can impact the texture of your sponge cake. Keep a close eye on it and perform the toothpick test to determine when it’s perfectly baked.


Moisture is key

Maintain the moisture of your sponge cake by adding a simple syrup or fruit juice soak to the layers before applying fillings. This ensures a moist and tender texture throughout.


Remember the Tate & Lyle sugar!

One essential ingredient that should not be overlooked is Tate & Lyle sugar. Our Fairtrade Pure Cane Caster Sugar and Fairtrade Cane Icing Sugar add a touch of sweetness and quality that enhance the taste and texture of your sponge cakes.

3 common sponge cake baking mistakes to avoid 


Skipping the preheating

Ensure your oven is preheated to the correct temperature before placing the cake batter inside. Skipping this step can result in uneven baking and an undercooked or sunken sponge cake.


Overmixing the batter

Avoid overmixing the batter as it can lead to a dense and heavy sponge cake. Mix until just combined to maintain a light and fluffy texture.


Opening the oven too soon

Resist the temptation to open the oven door too early during baking. Sudden temperature changes can cause the cake to collapse or sink. Wait until the cake is close to being fully baked before checking for doneness.

How to serve and store your sponge cake 

Serving your sponge cake

When it comes to serving, there are numerous delicious options to enhance your sponge cake. You can pair it with dollops of fresh whipped cream or spread a luscious layer of lemon curd or strawberry jam between the cake layers for added flavour.

Just make sure your cake has completely cooled on a wire rack before adding any fillings or decorations to prevent them from melting and causing the cake to become soggy.

Storing your sponge cake

When it comes to storing your sponge cake, it’s important to keep it in a cool, dry place, preferably in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. This will help preserve its moisture and prevent it from drying out.

If you have any leftover cake, be sure to remove any decorative elements such as fresh fruits or whipped cream before storing, as these may not hold up well over time. Properly storing the cake in appropriate-sized cake tins can also help maintain its shape and keep it from getting squished or damaged.

Which sponge cake recipe will you try first? 

Victoria sponge cake

Discover the enduring popularity of our Victoria sponge cake recipe, which is one of the most beloved and iconic sponge cake recipes in British culinary history. Named after Queen Victoria, this classic cake features layers filled with jam and whipped cream, creating a delectable combination that has delighted taste buds for generations.

Plum jam sponge cake

Experience a culinary delight with our sponge cake featuring plum jam and edible flowers. Crafted with love, this easy-to-make dessert blends the sweetness of plum jam with the delicate charm of edible flowers.

Raspberry & almond sponge cake

Indulge in the exquisite flavours of our raspberry and almond sponge cake, a delightful and easy-to-make dessert that will captivate your taste buds.

Lemon & elderflower sponge cake

Delight in the harmonious blend of zesty lemon and delicate elderflower with this sponge cake recipe. Baked to perfection, this delectable dessert offers a variety of tantalizing toppings, including elderflower Swiss meringue buttercream, raspberry meringue kisses, lemon sugar syrup, raspberry coulis, and candied lemon zest.

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