Fruity sponge cake

Fruity sponge cake

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(35 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 8

Reader Sue McGann devised this delicious low-fat cake recipe

Nutrition and extra info

  • Sponge is freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal214
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars30g
  • fibre0g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.34g
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  • butter or oil, for greasing



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g plain flour
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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  • 4 eggs, separated



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  • 175g caster sugar

For the filling

  • 295g can mandarin segment, drained
  • 200g tub low-fat fromage frais
  • icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Grease then line the base and sides of 2 x 20cm sandwich tins with greaseproof paper. Sieve the flours and baking powder together.

  2. Use electric hand beaters to whisk the egg whites until stiff, then briefly whisk in the sugar. Beat the egg yolks quickly, then whisk into the whites. Fold in the dry ingredients using a large metal spoon, then spoon the mixture into the tins and level the tops. Bake for 18-20 mins until risen, light golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tins for 10 mins, then gently remove and leave to cool completely.

  3. Mix the mandarins and fromage frais together. Peel away the greaseproof paper, sandwich the cakes with the mandarin mix, then dust with the icing sugar to serve. Best eaten on the day it’s made.

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1st Aug, 2013
i decided to use this sponge recipe as it was straight forward enough and was just what i was looking for. I didn't use the recipe as stated here but used it for fairy cakes/cupcakes instead, therefore i only used the sponge part of this recipe. The final result after i baked the cakes was horrible, the sponge was sticky and didn't taste great at all. In my opinion if you want to make nice cakes just use a normal recipe, don't bother using low fat recipes, i felt like it was a waste of time and money. I will not be recommending this to anyone.
30th May, 2013
This is really easy to make and tasted absolutely scrummy. It is definitely a pudding cake, but lovely and light to eat. I can't wait to make it again. I couldn't find fromage so used low fat creme fraiche which worked really well.
20th May, 2013
Really really impressed with how this turned out. Filled it with strawberries and low fat fruits of the forest yogurt. It does sink a bit as it cools but the sponge still stays fluffy and full of air so it isn't a problem.
31st Oct, 2012
I halved this recipe and made 4 large cupcakes topped with strawberries! I also halved the sugar for sweetener worked just as well! Best recipe ever... All the recipes made with butter are too greasy and not got a nice texture also I found this recipe had a good rise. Why have a slice of cake for 400... 500 calories or more when you can have this for just 214calories! its fantastic!
7th Oct, 2012
This was really easy to make out, turned out to be delicious and looked good too! I used canned peaches instead of mandarine in the cream and it tasted great anyway :)
24th Jul, 2012
I used the mixture as cupcakes and then topped with 100 grams of Greek yogurt mixed with 100 grams of soft cheese and three table spoons of icing sugar. Amazing! For the kids, I topped with butter icing and chocolate sprinkles, just as good!
24th Jul, 2012
this cake was great, i made it with gluten-free alternatives and it turned out well. add the filling at the last mimute or the bottom goes a bit soggy, but still yummy.
7th Jul, 2012
Great low fat cake recipe - the mandarins are a bit strange so I think I'll use raspberries or strawberries next time. Sank a bit when it came out the oven but this didn't seem to matter as it was lovely and light. Would definitely make again!!!
10th Feb, 2012
This was easy to make & tasted delicious. I used whipped cream & made it for my mum's birthday & everyone loved it.
19th Jan, 2012
Made this cake yesterday,so quick and easy, but it did sink in the middle when i took from the oven, can anybody tell me why??? Am planning to try again!!!


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