Quick Fat Free Sponge
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Quick Fat Free Sponge

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Serves 6

Delicious Sponge, without the unnecessary calories!

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  • For the Sponge:
  • 3 Eggs
  • 75g Caster Sugar
  • 75g Self Raising Flour
  • For Filling (Optional - If making Victoria Sponge Version)
  • 100g Single Cream (I personally use Elmlea)
  • 100g Strawberry Jam


    1. Preheat Oven to 170C/Fan 150C/ Gas 5. Place baking paper in a 7inch circular baking tin.
    2. Using an electric whisk, whisk together the eggs and sugar until it has tripled in size and is stiff. A test of this is to use the whisk to create a line on top of the mixture with the mixture and if it stays, then it is ready.
    3. Carefully fold in the flour, making sure to knock out as little air as possible so that the cake will rise well, pour the mixture into the tin and put into the oven for 10 minutes.
    4. (If making Victoria Sponge version) Create two of these cakes and leave to cool, whisk the cream ready.
    5. Once cooled, spread jam on one of the halves and then place the whipped cream on top. Then place the other half on top and enjoy - best served with a nice cup of tea!!

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27th Dec, 2019
The sponge recipe itself is fine, but why on earth does it suggest single cream or Elmlea? You can't whip single cream!!! Don't know about Elmlea, but anyone following this recipe without understanding the difference between single, whipping and double cream is going to be disappointed. Only whipping or double cream can be whipped!
9th Nov, 2018
Hi, can this be adapted to make chocolate sponge?
16th Sep, 2018
I'm going to give this another go next week, I think I know why I ended up with a pancake! Also, the cream recommended did not whip so I ended up with a pancake and runny cream drizzled on top.....it was still pretty tasty though. I will fold my flour in more gently next time and not preheat the oven for so long, fingers crossed it will work!
16th Oct, 2017
The 7" tin is not big enough" needs 8" minimum
20th Jul, 2017
Excellent recipe. So quick and easy to make. I used 5 eggs and increased the sugar and flour accordingly this made 2 huge halves for a sandwich sponge. I did need to increase the cooking time.
9th Jul, 2017
I don't know if Elmlea single cream whips, but ordinary single cream does not! Otherwise lovely.
8th Aug, 2014
nice recipe! really simple and ended up with two sandwich sponges instead of one which a sandwiched together with yoghurt and blueberries. did take a lot of whisking which did not result in a stiff mixture. i was expecting something like a meringue mix so ended up whisking for 15 minutes. on the second time only did 5 and that worked fine. i was always told that if you had yolk in the egg white than the whites wouldnt whisk well or thicken up properly so i was pleasantly surprised that there was no egg separating needed!
31st Mar, 2014
surely it cant be fat free with eggs, single cream and jam tho???? or am i missing the point lol
9th Jul, 2017
Fatless sponge means no butter in the mix and is a term used for cakes like this since Victorian times. Same mixture is used for Swiss rolls.
24th Feb, 2014
10 minutes doesn't seem long enough. Isn't gas mark 5 more like 190C?


7th Jan, 2018
How long are people cooking this for? 10min not enough. 20min seems more like it for me.
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