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How to Make a Really Easy Sponge Cake Plus 5 Tips to Make it Something Really Special

Updated on September 21, 2014

This quick and easy recipe makes a beautiful light and airy basic sponge cake.

Of course you can add your own touches and turn it into something much more special.

For example, a lemon drizzle cake, a carrot cake with frosting, a Victoria sponge. Whatever you like really.

And the beauty is you don´t even need a set of weighing scales. All the ingredients are weighed in a yogurt pot!

This recipe really is so easy and quick, even total novices would have a hard time getting it wrong.

Image(s): Download "Assorted Slices Cake" by Anusorn P nachol
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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 6 to 8 people.


1 x 125g pot of Natural yogurt ( use this pot to measure the rest of the ingredients).

3 x pots of plain flour.

2 x pots of sugar.

1 x pot of cooking oil ( sunflower oil is good. Olive oil is a bit too strongly flavoured).

3 Medium to large sized eggs.

2 Scant teaspoons of raising agent ( Baking powder).

A few drops of vanilla essence.

Making the Basic Sponge Cake.

  1. Tip the natural yogurt into a mixing bowl and use the empty container to measure out the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Add all the ingredients to the yogurt in the mixing bowl and beat everything together until it resembles a smooth thick paste. That´s it for the mixing.
  3. Now tip the cake into a greased baking tin.Or a cake tin lined with greasproof paper and smooth the top. The baking tin needs to be about 24cm round.
  4. Place the cake into a pre heated oven. Gas mark 4 or 350f 180c if your oven is electric. Put it on the middle shelf.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes. But do check during this time to see how it´s getting along. You will know when it´s cooked as it will be golden brown in colour. Slightly shrunk away from the sides of the tin. And will spring back into shape if you press your finger gently into the middle of the cake.

Victorian Sponge

Image: Matt Banks /
Image: Matt Banks /

5 Tips to Turn This Easy Cake Into Something Special.

1. Turn it into a Lemon or Orange Drizzle Cake

Add the grated rind of 2 lemons or 1 large orange to the cake mix and bake.

When it´s cooled mix the juice of the orange or lemon with 2 or 3 tablespoons of sugar and drizzle this over the top.

2. Turn it into a Carrot Cake

Add 3 peeled and finely grated carrots to the mixture plus 1 or 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, stir in well and bake. Walnut chips may also be added.

Make the frosting by mixing a small tub of cream cheese with a few drops of vanilla essence, and icing sugar. Add enough icing sugar until the mixture is fairly stiff.

You can cut the cake in half if you wish and spread a layer of frosting there and on the top of the cake or use the whole lot on the top and sides of the cake. ( Freeze any left over frosting to use on cup cakes).

If you want to make it extra special dye some marzipan orange and some green and make little carrot shapes to trim up the top. Or dot with walnut halves.

3. Turn it into a Victoria Sponge

Just slice the cake in half and spread with a really good layer of strawberry jam and then a really thick layer of whipped cream, before sandwiching back together. Sieve icing sugar over the top of the cake and serve.

4. Turn it into a Coffee Mocha Cake

Mix together a small tub of cream cheese and icing sugar ( to taste) and add either a few drops of coffee essence or use instant coffee powder or granules dissolved in a drop of water.

Spread this mix over the top and sides of the cake and dust lightly with icing sugar and dot with almond slivers, or walnut halves.

5. Turn it into a Spiced Apple Cake

Just add 2 peeled, cored and very finely diced eating apples and a teaspoon of mixed spice into the cake mix .

Give it a good stir and bake as normal.

Dust lightly with icing sugar before serving still warm with extra thick cream or mascarpone cheese.

The Last Word

These are only 5 ways to make your really easy sponge cake into something really inventive and add your own touches to create a masterpiece on a plate...Enjoy!

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      Anne 2 years ago from Spain

      No idea why this happened, mine are always perfect. Did you use self raising flour and also baking powder I wonder ? That´s the only thing I can think of that might have made it rise so much and leave all those bubbles.

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      MandainMilford 2 years ago

      No idea what went wrong - this came out like a large crumpet, with huge bubbles inside and not risen evenly. Reverting to classic sponge cake!

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      Anne 3 years ago from Spain

      Hi ya Graham.

      Sorry I only just found your comment. I´m so busy these days with Bubblews I hardly get over to HP, but do keep looking out at the list of new hubs. I hope you are keeping well love. Great to hear from you xx

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Annie! I shall show this to my wife, here's hoping :)


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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Charlotte.

      The beauty of this recipe is that you do not need to weigh anything. Just use the 125 gram yogurt pot as instructed, it´s that easy. If you care to read the list of ingredients you can do your own calculation as to how many grams of each item is used, but there really is no need.

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      charlotte 4 years ago

      i would like to know recipe in grams not by pots

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Wiccansage. This is such an easy recipe you´ll rely on it time and again. I have to make a carrot cake next weekend because I have friends visiting and they just can´t get enough. Have a great weekend Wiccan and do make and enjoy your treat :)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      I love carrot cake, gotta make one soon. Looks really good here, have to try it.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Thelma. Mmm I like your ideas too. You could make this cake into a spicy ginger cake, or add some Carraway seeds and turn it into one of queen Victorias favourite cakes..Seed cake. The variations are endless.

      many thanks for reading and your great comments and votes.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      I love baking sponge cakes and I usually make it into Victoria Sandwich Cake or Banana Sponge cake. Both delicious. I ´ll try your mocha sponge cake one day. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and more;-)