Magical 4 Ingredient British Sponge Cake

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The best sponge cake recipe you will ever try is made with love and only 4 ingredients.


The aroma of this British sponge cake recipe trailed my mum’s kitchen since I was a little boy. She was a stay-at-4 ingredient british sponge cake 2 pinteresthome mum for the most part unless she was helping my dad with our business and always had a cake baked inside her cake tin. (she still uses the same tin, no kidding.)

Most often it was a sponge cake to enjoy after tea with a lovely cup of coffee or tea. Other times we’d sneak a piece just because the sponge cake was so light and fluffy it was hard to resist.

A sponge cake is one of the easiest cakes you can make and a great cake for baking beginners and inexpensive to make.

British sponge cake has 4 ingredients and that’s all you need to make this delicious cake that everyone will rave about.

Once you dress up your fluffy sponge cake with accessories you’ll see that you’re working with a blank pallet that you can bring to life.

This makes the sponge cake the perfect birthday, anniversary, baptism, graduation or even wedding cake for your special day.

If cut in small slices you’ll get about 12 servings. Anyone who cuts a cake like I do nice and thick will get 6 servings. Go big or Go home right?


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Victoria sponge cake also known as the Victoria sandwich or Victoria cakes because the sponge cake has a thick layer of jam and buttercream icing.

My mum makes her sponge cake with either a thick layer of homemade jam, buttercream or both depending on if she’s in the mood to make homemade buttercream icing.

Other possibilities to fill your sponge cake might include lemon curd, whipped cream, chocolate spread, fresh in-season berries. Add a splash of pure Madagascar vanilla extract for a lovely vanilla sponge cake.

You’re working with an easy sponge cake recipe here so you can transform it any way you like once it has cooled. If you prefer to eat the sponge cake plain you can also do that.

If you want to make strawberry shortcake without all the fuss this is the sponge cake for you. In the summer berries are in abundance and why not enjoy them with something a little sweet like a British sponge cake out in the garden after a lovely meal.

Another British favourite is the Madeira cake which I just love and bake here in Canada for my family although it is consistent of a pound cake. My mum never buys baked goods pre-made she makes everything homemade. This is why I’m passionate about being in the kitchen and share the same joys with our son.


How to make a 4 ingredient Sponge Cake


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My mum made this sponge cake with Stork Baking Margarine she buys at Aldi or Tesco but we can’t get that in Canada that I’m aware of so using a butter is an alternative.

If you use margarine from the grocery store it may contain more water then the baking margarine. If you use margarine take caution unless it’s an oil margarine or baking margarine. Find a margarine that has 80-85% fat content that is suitable for baking.

Related: The difference between butter and margarine in baking

Always make sure your butter or margarine is softened and do not microwave it as it will change the consistency of your cake. This sponge cake also calls for self-raising flour which you can find at bulk stores and some grocery stores. If you are using all-purpose flour simply add 1 teaspoon of baking powder to the recipe.

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Magical 4 Ingredient British Sponge Cake
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A light fluffy sponge cake is all you need for dessert after a filling meal. This sponge cake is basic and can me jazzed up using jams, whipped cream, berries, buttercream icing, lemon curd, chocolate spread etc. Enjoy
Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 226g/8oz baking margarine or butter
  • 226g/8oz caster sugar or granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 226g/8oz Self-raising flour
  • Please see notes in post if you are substituting ingredients.
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180C/ 350 degrees
  2. Line two 9 x 2 inch 23x5cm round baking pans with parchment paper
  3. In a mixing bowl or stand mixer beat the margarine/butter with the sugar until fluffy
  4. Add the eggs in one at a time until incorporated
  5. Fold in the sifted flour until combined
  6. Divide the sponge cake batter between the two round pans
  7. Bake at 180C for approx 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean or the sponge cake retracts when you touch it.
  8. Let cool for 5-10 minutes
  9. Remove from pans by flipping on a wire rack
  10. Once completely cooled you can add fillings- butter cream icing and strawberry Jam (Victoria Sponge Cake) butter cream, just jam, whipped cream, fresh berries, lemon curd etc.


If you’re in a pinch for time this sponge cake is the easiest cake you can make so get baking and try it out.

Discussion: What would be your favourite types of filling for this sponge cake?

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  1. I come from England and have tried making victoria sponge here and not found it to be the same at all. None of my old recipes have worked because of the altitude, but i will try it again

  2. Looks great! I am going to try it, I have been looking for a good sponge.

    • I made it last night and brought it to work and the gang loved it. Another fan on my Facebook page also made it last night and said it was delicious. I always love food feedback. Enjoy.

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