Basic sponge

A basic recipe but always turns out well for me. This was my gran’s recipe and makes quite a moist cake. They also freeze well and are actually more dense when they have been frozen.

Basic sponge


  • 4 large eggs (cracked into a bowl and weighed)
  • Equal weight to the eggs:
  • Butter/margarine
  • Caster sugar
  • Self-raising flour (To make a chocolate version, replace 20g of flour with cocoa powder)
  • 1 Tbsp milk

  • Half tsp vanilla extract


  1. Grease and line two 8 inch sponge tins and preheat the oven to 170C. Mine is a fan oven but if yours is not, heat to 180C.
  2. 1. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. If the butter is soft, this usually takes about two minutes.
  3. 2. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each egg.
  4. 3. When the eggs are all beaten in well, sift in about a third of the flour (mixed with cocoa if making chocolate sponge) and fold gently until combined.
  5. 4. Sift and fold in half of the remaining flour. When fully folded in, add the rest of the flour and fold in completely.
  6. 5. Add the milk and vanilla and fold in gently, keeping as much air in the mixture as possible.
  7. 6. Divide the mixture equally between the two tins. Spread the mix to cover the tins and smooth out the tops. Give each tin a little knock to get rid of any large air pockets, then bake for 20 minutes.
  8. 7. Check the cakes after 20 minutes. For some strange reason, I’ve made batches of this recipe that have cooked faster than others! The cakes should be firm and springy and a skewer should come out clean when inserted into the centre. If not, they will need a little longer.
  9. 8. Once cooked, turn out of the cake tins and leave to cool.

Comments (5)


Dear Kitty484, thanks for sharing your recipe. I am making a lemon sponge cake with raspberry mousse filling. I usually fill and freeze my cakes for decorating later. Do you think this will freeze  well? Also, I add a small package of pudding mix to my cake batter. In your opinion, do you think this will adversely effect the taste or texture of the cake.

Thank you,