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Butter Sponge Cake Recipe

Butter Sponge Cake Recipe

Butter Sponge Cake Recipe

If you are looking for something to serve with your English afternoon 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 so tasty it is fantastic to eat just on its own, with a cup of tea of course!

This light and fluffy sponge cake recipe reminds me of English cricket teas and English town hall get-togethers.

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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 obvious reasons for this: firstly she absolutely adores cake (reason enough you might say!); secondly, she loves licking the batter spoon and thirdly, it’s just a fun thing to do.

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

This light and fluffy sponge cake recipe is a good place to start cooking with your kids as it is so simple. And everyone will love the cake.

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Pacman Cake!

It does not cost much to make, it keeps my daughter busy and at the end, you have some delicious confectionery to consume when you are finished.

Our cakes never last very long after we have baked them, I must say!

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Butter Sponge Cake Recipe

Let them eat cake!

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 girlie has made a video for you to watch while we were making it, to try and make it even easier. Here she is – I hope you enjoy her video 😃

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

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How to make a sponge cake light and fluffy

The trick to making the cake light and fluffy is how well you cream together the butter and sugar. As you whisk these two ingredients it incorporates air into the batter which makes it light and fluffy.

It is, of course, easier to achieve this by using a mixer if you have one that can whisk until the mixture is a pale yellow colour and full of air. It is better if the butter is at room temperature. This process is known as creaming.

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).

You then need to cut one of the rounds flat with a bread knife when it has cooled down. And before you serve it up you add some freshly whipped cream and some strawberry or raspberry jam to make a sort of 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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A Victoria Sponge Cake with raspberries for afternoon tea.

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

How easy did you find it to make and was it tasty?


How to Make a Butter Sponge Cake

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Butter Sponge Cake Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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


  • 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 whisk the butter and sugar together well in a bowl until you have a uniform mix. The better you do this the lighter and fluffier the cake will become.
  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 and less work to use a stand mixer if you have one when making the batter. Especially when creaming the butter and sugar together.

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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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 218mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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Make one of these for afternoon tea or elevenses.
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Some other ideas of tasty things you can bake with your kids:

Fruity Flapjacks (cereal bars)
Moist Lemon Pound Cake
English Scones and Clotted Cream
Crêpe Pancake Recipe
Round Madeira Cake
Eggless Brownies
Pistachio Banana Bread
Kletskoppen - Crunchy Dutch Almond Cookies
Brazilian Banana Cake

Or this is a great idea if you have a kids party:

Make Your Own Pizzas

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Friday 27th of August 2021

Would your butter sponge be ok stacked and covered in buttercream?


Friday 27th of August 2021

Sure. Why not?


Monday 21st of June 2021

What size pan is best to use???


Monday 21st of June 2021

Hi Nicole I made this in a 10" round cake tin.


Monday 22nd of March 2021

What size Tin do you bake it in please?


Tuesday 23rd of March 2021

I used a 24cm diameter baking tin for the one pictured (9-10 inch).

Tony Brown

Saturday 19th of September 2020

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


Saturday 19th of September 2020

Great, thanks for your comment Tony. Glad you all enjoyed it! We love it too!

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