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The most simple sponge ever!
Member Name: ceebee27
Advantages: Very quick and simple.
I absolutely love making exciting cakes for my friends birthdays, and however hard I try with exciting enw flavours, they all seem to prefer it when I make a plain sponge and ice it in a really exciting way.
For example, when a couple of my friends went travelling, I made a cake in the shape of a map of the world with their planned route iced onto it and it went down really well! And the cake only takes about 5-10 minutes to make (ignoring the cooking time).
So I thought I'd share my absolutely foolproof basic sponge recipe which makes the base of all these cakes and generally gets very good reviews as it's light and tasty. It's been passed down to me from my Mum, so I've got no idea where it's originally from. I gave the recipe to a friend of mine who had never baked before and his cake came out perfectly, so I even have proof it's a foolproof recipe!
6 oz caster sugar
6 oz butter (or margarine)
6 oz self raising flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence (for vanilla sponge)
4 (ish) tbsp cocoa powder (for chocolate sponge)
First of all, cream the butter and sugar together. Then add all of the other ingredients and beat until the mixture is smooth. Bake at 160 C in two 8 inch cake tins for about 20-30 minutes (depending on your oven) until it's a nice golden colour on top. Check it with a skewer and if it comes out clean, then the cake is ready.
Then ice away to your hearts content and make something really impressive looking for very little actual baking effort! Or if you're not in a fancy icing mood, just fill the middle with jam and buttercream and dust some icing sugar on top for the vanilla sponge. Or fill with chocolate buttercream and cover in chocolate if you've made the chocolate version.
Summary: A really simple basic sponge that literally anyone can make!