Basic sponge cake

  • serves 8
  • Easy

To make this basic sponge chocolate flavoured, add cocoa powder to the flour. To make a lemon cake add lemon zest and to make a coffee cake add coffee granules mixed with a little water.



  • butter 175g, softened
  • golden caster sugar 175g
  • self-raising flour 175g
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • eggs 3
  • milk 1-2 tbsp 


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180c/fan160c/gas4. Line and butter 2 x 18cm sandwich tins. Beat the cake ingredients together in a bowl, add the milk if the mixture is too stiff – it should drop off a spoon when tapped. Divide the mixture between the tins and level the tops. 

  • Step 2

    Bake on the same shelf for 20-25minutes or until the sponges are risen, slightly shrunk away from the edge of the tin and spring back when lightly pressed. Leave to cool for 5 minutes then turn out onto a rack and peel off the paper. Cool completely before filling.