Simple sponge cake with buttercream

This week is my other halves birthday so like every year he’s asked for a cake. I thought I’d share my quick and simple sponge cake recipe with you all…

I always start by getting everything ready, mostly to make sure I actually have everything to save dashing to Tesco part way through!

Simple sponge cakeFor equipment you’ll need;

  • Scales
  • Two mixing bowls
  • A whisk (electric or hand)
  • Two cake tins (if doing a sandwich cake)
  • Greaseproof paper
  •  A wooden spoon

Simple sponge cake
For ingredients you’ll need;

  • 150g sugar
  • 150g butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150 self raising flour
  • 200g Icing sugar
  • 100g butter (for buttercream)

This will make one cake so double up if you want to layer and make two cakes.

Your oven should be at around the 180 degree mark heating up ready for when you’ve finished mixing.

Make sure you’ve greased your tin/ s or lined with grease paper.

Simple sponge cake

  1. Weigh out sugar
  2. Weigh out butter and add to sugar
  3. Cream butter and sugar
  4. Add the two eggs
  5. Mix this together
  6. Add flour
  7. Fold flour in using a spoon- don’t use an electric whisk on this step
  8. Pour into your cake pan
  9. Bake for roughly 20 minutes or till golden.

You can check by piercing with a knife or skewer, if it’s cooked it will come out clean.

Leave your cake to cool completely before removing from its tin or icing.

I actually made two batches of this mix and added cherries and coconut to the second batch.

Simple sponge cakeIf you want to make this cake then do the same as above then add 4 tablespoons of desiccated coconut and a drained jar of cherries- I recommend trying out Opies which you can get from most supermarkets. If the mixture gets too thick add a drop of milk, I usually need to. Then bake the same as above for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees.

Next is the icing sugar- the best bit!

Simple sponge cake
Cream your 200g of icing sugar and 100g of butter until smooth. If it’s too thick you can add a drop of milk or water and if it’s not thick enough add a bit more icing sugar.

I made two batches of buttercream, one was original and the other was a fabulous pina colada from Sugar & Crumbs.
Once both my cakes cooled I cut them into the shape of a 3 and 0. Then iced using an icing bag and nozzle. You don’t have to do this though you could spread your buttercream or whatever topping you want to use.

Simple sponge cakeYes my 3 is a tad chunky but I’m ok with that- more cake to eat! So one of these is plain with original buttercream. The other is a cherry and coconut cake with pina colada buttercream. Hopefully that means everyone will be happy on the day…

So what do you think? Do you bake yourself very often or want to try doing it more? do you think you will be trying this simple sponge cake?

Have a great week

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