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No-butter sponge cake

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Serves 1 - 10 Slices

A sponge cake without butter.

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  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 dinnerspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar


    1. Heat through the milk in a small plan until bubbling at edge. Preheat the oven to 180C.
    2. Sift flour with baking powder and salt. Set aside.
    3. In a small bowl, mix at high speed, eggs, until thick and lemon colored. Gradually add sugar, beating until mixture is smooth and well blended...about 5 min.
    4. At low speed, blend in flour mixture until smooth. Add warm milk and lemon peel, beating until combined. Immediately pour batter into ungreased, 9-inch cake pan.
    5. Bake 30 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely. Then serve.

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pamella moo
20th Sep, 2018
Just use butter...cake went to the birdies.
11th Mar, 2017
Just don't.
20th Nov, 2016
Not to my taste. I ended up with a rubbery, tasteless sponge. This could be due to the lack of fat in the recipe. However, it did rise well, and even though it was rubbery in texture, it was still fluffy and a lovely golden colour.
4th Oct, 2016
Tips: Leave out the salt, it's not necessary. Use more lemon. Top with vanilla frosting. Tasty basic sponge. Enjoy.
8th Aug, 2016
I agree with most... a pinch of salt is more than enough!!! This cake is not so great plain. However it is a fantastic carrier for toppings! Light and airy but not crumbly makes it easy to ice with creamcheese/butter cream! I added a (generous) shot of lemoncello to the mix before adding flour. Yum!
10th May, 2015
In my kitchen I have a vast array of cups, all different sizes. So please tell me, what size cup should I use?
26th Apr, 2017
C cup
20th Nov, 2016
Cups are an American way of measuring ingredients. One cup is 250ml, I believe.
7th Jun, 2013
The reason I use the (BRITISH)BC Good Food web site is because I know I can rely on simple, clear instructions for an English cook. So very, very disappointed I was by a recipe being displayed in cups, also known as the "most-annoying-measurement-invented". This recipe has let you down, BBC.
31st May, 2013
This recipe looks really good but can you just add cocoa powder to it to make it a chocolate one or do you have to use melted chocolate and can you use self raising flour instead of plain flour so it rises properly?


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