Sponge Cake – Basic pound cake with a delicious buttery flavour

sponge cake

We all know that in everything we do, the first few steps matter a lot.  If our first step  goes exactly as planned, it will boost our confidence, which in turn catapult us to be a bit more adventurous.

This  wonderfully-buttery cake with outer golden crust, is the  first cake that every aspiring cake-maker must get right, as it  gives a clear insight into all the baking techniques.

Master the art of making this simple but heavenly sponge cake and you will be baking most glorious varieties of cakes in no time!

All the tips and techniques are given, wrapped with love,  in this recipe so nothing can go wrong.

Happy baking !

You will need the following items:

Self Raising flour 250 g
Margerine or Butter under room tempreture 250 g
Caster sugar 250 g
Eggs under room temp 4
Milk 1/4 cup
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence 1  tsp each
Salt 2 pinches
Baking powder 1 tsp

Let’s make it: Set the oven to 180 C .

Oven temperature conversion:

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/oven-temperature-conversion/

Cream it

  • Cream butter and sugar together until creamy,  using an electric hand mixer.  Go clockwise.  (Time : 5 mins)
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat  after each addition. (Time :  Beat 15 seconds after each egg)
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt and finally, cream all together (Time : 1 min) 
  • Mix baking powder to flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape.
  •  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter. Do not use the electric mixer at this point.
  • Add milk and mix well.

Tray it

  • Line up a baking tray with parchment paper and spoon the batter into the baking tray and flatten with a spatula.
  • Lift up the tray and drop it twice onto your kitchen-top gently, allowing the batter to spread and settle evenly on the try.

Oven it

  • Pop it in the oven.
  • Bake for 20 mins or the top turns golden yellow (Never open the oven door in the first 10 mins)

Check it

  • After 20 mins, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready.
  • Take it out from the oven and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Slowly remove from the tray and place it on a cooling rack.

Taste it

  • Dip a knife in hot water, wipe clean and cut the cake into dainty squares
  • Enjoy the lovely spongy texture wrapped with the buttery sweetness

Other easy delicious cakes :

Vanilla cupcakes

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/plain-vanilla-cupcakes-supersoft-delicious-cupcakes-ever/

Chocolate cupcakes

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/chocolate-cupcakes-pretty-chocolate-cupcakes-to-brighten-up-your-party/

Chocolate cake with butter icing

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/chocolate-cake-with-butter-icing/

 

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2 thoughts on “Sponge Cake – Basic pound cake with a delicious buttery flavour

  1. I personally was interested on going through with baking sessions as Thisu wanted to try them out.Its amazing to see the way it has been presented as its easy to follow, well Done Mano

    1. Thanks in heaps Akki. Thisu can learn proper baking from scratch. Ask her to follow the tips/techniques under baking. Simple butter cake is must be the first to try. If it comes nice and spongy, then all doors to baking are open for her!! Good luck!!
      much love

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