Butter Sponge Cake Recipe

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Butter Sponge Cake Recipe

When you are looking for something to serve with your English high tea, why not try making one of these delicious buttery sponge cakes. This butter sponge cake recipe will give you a wonderful light and fluffy cake that is fantastic to eat on its own.

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Go and do some baking with your kids!

Teaching kids to cook is an important part of being a parent. My Mum taught me much of what I know in the kitchen.

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There is nothing my daughter likes more than to do some baking (or cooking) with her Mum or Dad. There are a number of reasons for this: firstly she absolutely adores cake. Secondly, she loves licking the batter spoon and thirdly, it’s just a fun thing to do.

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Butter Sponge Cake Recipe

It does not cost much, it keeps her busy and you have a delicious result to consume when you are finished.

Let them eat cake‘ / ‘Let them eat brioche’ (or ‘Qu’ils mangent de la brioche’) as Marie Antoinette supposedly once famously said. We would agree with that!

In fact, this cake recipe is so easy to make, my little girl has made a video for you while we were making it, to try and make it even easier. Here it is:




This is a great buttery cake to make as it really is very tasty and everyone will enjoy it.

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Victoria Sponge Cake

If you wish to go the extra mile you could even make a Victoria Sponge cake with this recipe as a base. You make two rounds (so twice the ingredients in the recipe).

One of the rounds you then need to cut flat with a bread knife when cooled down. And before you serve it up you add some freshly whipped cream and some strawberry or raspberry jam to make a cake sandwich.

Nothing could be more English than one of these at your afternoon tea with some scones and clotted cream.

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Victoria Sponge Cake with raspberries for afternoon tea.

I hope you enjoy trying out this moist sponge cake recipe and please let me know how you get on in the comments section below.

How to make a Butter Sponge Cake Recipe

Butter Sponge Cake Recipe

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This delicious simple sponge cake is very easy to make and tastes delicious. Perfect to serve up at an English tea party.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Baking Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 10g melted butter
  • 120g salted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 230g plain (all purpose) flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 130ml milk
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar

Optional - For Victoria Sponge

  • Make two rounds (double the ingredients)
  • Whipped cream
  • Strawberry or raspberry jam


  1. Prepare all the ingredients and pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Line a suitable baking tin with some melted butter and flour.
  3. Soften the butter in the microwave. Then mix the butter and sugar together in a bowl until you have a uniform mix.
  4. Then add the vanilla extract and the eggs. Mix well together.
  5. Add the salt and baking powder to the flour and mix well. Then sift this flour mix into the bowl of batter. Mix the flour well into the batter.
  6. Slowly add the milk to the mix and combine evenly until you have a perfect batter.
  7. Add the cake batter to the baking tin and ensure it is evenly spread.
  8. Place the tin in the oven in the middle rack for about 30 minutes or until brown. It is fully cooked when a knife placed in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  9. Cool the cake outside the oven. Then sprinkle with some icing sugar to decorate.


Of course, it is a lot easier to use a mixer if you have one when making the batter.

Serve up on a plate and cut into slices.

Serve up cold, (but it is really good when it is warm!)

For a Victoria Sponge cake: make a sandwich of two cake rounds with cream and jam in the middle.

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2 thoughts on “Butter Sponge Cake Recipe”

  1. PRobably the best sponge cake recipe I have used, everyone who has eaten a slice have asked for more. Thanks, now I am making more this morning September 2020


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