Wednesday 31 August 2016

My Take On The Classic School Sponge Cake!

Anyone else remember those delicious sponge cakes you used to get for dessert in primary school? I absolutely loved them and they were always even better with custard (chocolate preferably!). A vanilla sponge is quite a basic recipe so it turns out it's actually quite easy to re-create yourself and enjoy at home. Soft, vanilla sponge with sweet icing sugar and of course lots of hundreds and thousands on top. Enjoy!
slices of school sponge cake stacked on heart shaped wooden board
225g butter/spread
225 caster sugar
275g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs
4 tbsp milk
Icing sugar

1. Pre - heat the oven to 180 degrees (160 fan) and grease a large square or rectangular baking tin
2. Like my Lemon Drizzle Cake I just put all the ingredients in a bowl one at a time starting with the butter and then I use an electric whisk to beat it all together. If you don't have an electric whisk, you could of course do this the usual way. Add in your butter and sugar, cream together until smooth then add in your eggs one at a time, beating after each one. You can then add in your vanilla extract and mix again. Finally, add your flour, baking powder and milk and mix thoroughly to ensure everything is combined and you have a smooth mixture
3. Pour into cake tin and bake for around 30 minutes, I usually insert a skewer after this amount of time, if it comes out clean then its done, if not then it needs a bit longer
4. Leave to cool in the tin for around 15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely 
5. Prepare the icing, I used around 150g of icing sugar and added small amounts of water at a time until it was a smooth paste but add as much or as little as you like! The more the better I say
6. Top the cake with the icing and then cover with sprinkles and slice!
slice of school sponge cake held up over rest of cake on chopping board
slices of school sponge cake on wooden chopping board
Let me know if you give this recipe a go! I think it's genuinely one of my favourite bakes ever.

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Sarah Christie said...

omg that looks just like school cake I am going to try this x

Tiffany Timms said...

You definitely should! It tastes so good x

Em said...

This cake took me back to my primary schools days, love it!! Definitely going to have to make this and pretend I'm back in year 4 with no responsibilities aha! Great post lovely xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Hahah you should definitely try it! It's so good, thank you :) xx

Natonya said...

I remember eating cakes like this in elementary school, I always wanted seconds lol! Such a sweet simple recipe Tiffany, thanks for sharing πŸ€€πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ˜

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Anonymous said...

is it better to use marge or butter ? and is it unsalted

Type to Remember said...

I will make this cake this weekend. Thanks for the recipe :D

Type to Remember said...

I want to try this weekend. Look delicious.

Unknown said...

Instead off water for the icing, use milk its so much better xx

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