A cake stand serving a sponge cake filled with lemon curd and whipped cream

Sponge cake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 8 - 10

Choose your favourite filling for this easy sponge cake – we've opted for lemon curd and whipped cream, but you could have jam. Perfect for afternoon tea

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal376
  • fat21g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 225g softened butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 225g golden caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • ½ lemon, zested



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • splash of milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • Optional fillings of lemon curd, jam, lightly whipped cream
  • icing sugar for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4, butter and line the base of two 20cm spring-form cake tins with baking parchment.

  2. Using an electric whisk beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Crack the eggs in one at a time and whisk well, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Add the lemon zest, vanilla, flour, milk and a pinch of salt. Whisk until just combined then divide the mixture between the two tins.

  3. Bake in the centre of the oven for 25-30 mins until a skewer inserted into the middle of each cake comes out clean. After 10 mins remove the cakes from their tins and leave to cool completely on a wire rack. Fill how you like. My personal favourite is a good dollop of lemon curd and some fresh cream, then dust the top with icing sugar. Will keep for 3 days.

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24th Sep, 2019
I usually cut down the sugar content by at least a third, but even then it works out about 3 or 4 tsp sugar per slice. We are teaching our children that it is just something to have not very often, rather than a regular thing. I find crumbles and things like that can be made with no sugar or just a tsp of honey in with the fruit (strawbs and eating apples etc) and they're still yummy.
31st Oct, 2018
My daughter and I just made a five-layer version of this as first go at a rainbow cake. It's perfect. We used a fifth less sugar and it's stil sweet enough.
11th Jun, 2018
Loved this sponge cake! So moist and airy, and the lemon gives it a bit of pazzaz. I reduced the sugar and it was still delicious!
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Tonimarie Fitzp...
15th May, 2018
Super smashing braw sponge cake Lovingly. Thanks cake. Toni Bonni Scotland and Bonni Fitzpatrick Mother & Daughter x
6th Feb, 2018
One of the nicest cakes I have ever tasted! Such a light sponge and tasted great wth lemon curd. Will definitely be trying again with cream!
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Olivia Smith
21st Jan, 2018
When I was makeing this I doubled the recipe so I could have four cakes it only made two cakes
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Patrick Harris
29th Nov, 2017
Think that the lemon zest makes this cake, and lovely tip for adding eggs s l o w l y.


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