Basic Sponge Cake

Basic Sponge Cake

It's the GRAND FINALE week of #HomeStoreHomeBaker and for our last recipe we want you to bake a simple sponge cake and decorate it any way you like! The best decorated cake will win the title of Home STAR Homebaker, and a very special prize!


  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g soft margarine
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 6 drops vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan
  2. Line your chosen baking tin/tins
  3. Sift the self-raising flour and baking powder into a large bowl
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until thoroughly mixed
  5. Pour into the tin/tins
  6. Bake for 30-35 mins
  7. To check if the cake is cooked insert a skewer and if it comes out clean the cake is ready
  8. Leave to cool in the tin(s) for about 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely
  9. Make sure the cake has cooled completely before decorating
  10. Decorate any way you like!
  11. Once you've finished decorating, take a picture of your finished cake & upload to Instagram or Facebook and tag us using #HomestoreHomebaker!