To make this ALL THE FOURS Luscious Sponge Cake, you will need two 7-inch cake baking tins lined with greased paper or baking parchment. I usually forget the parchment and it turns out okay.
Four ounces butter, softened, or you can use margarine. But butter does give a richer and sweeter taste. Not good for the waist, but there are times when we have to forget our figures.
Four ounces of self-raising flour.
Four ounces caster sugar. Ordinary granulated sugar can be used if you have run out of caster sugar. I always run out so I use granulated. It tastes and looks the same. Save some money too.
Now back to the ingredients for the sponge cake.
Three good-sized eggs.
For that Chef’s touch of expertise, cream the sugar and butter together until the mixture is soft and creamy – no lumps! You can do this by hand using a spoon or fork. Or, you can use your mixer. Don’t use your hands or fingers, it can get too sticky. I don’t. Some insist on all ‘handmade,’ but I think this does not apply here.
Then, one at a time, beat in the eggs. Be gentle!!
This is not the time to do the Zumba. Swinging hips and jumping with wriggles does not a sponge cake make! Actually, I have never done the Zumba, I don’t know the steps.
Sift in the flour and gently fold into the mixture with a large spoon. Don’t lick the spoon!!! The infants might be watching.
Now, the mixture should be very thick and creamy.
Pour the mixture into the pre-heated tins and put the tins in a preheated oven on 180C Fan or Gas 4.
The sponges should be baked for 25 minutes. Test with a knife but don’t be too rough. It needs a smooth surface, not gauge marks. Someone will start looking for blood. And that’s a big put-off.
Make sure the cake is baked and not sticky. If it is, leave the tins in the oven for another few minutes, but don’t forget it and start watching some hunk on the TV or some lady from the 18th century teaching tapestry. Forget the hunk and discard the tapestry. Check!!
- 1½ tablespoons lemon juice
- 150 grams icing sugar
Plaster this mixture over the sponge.
Enjoy. Leave some for the family.
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