Quick-Mix Sponge Cake and Butter Icing

  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup soft margarine
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.  Grease the round cake pan, line the base with paper and then grease the paper, or grease and flour the ring mold.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.  Add the margarine, sugar and eggs.
  3. Beat with a wooden spoon for 2-3 minutes. The mixture should be pale in color and slightly glossy.
  4. Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared pan and then smooth the surface.  Bake for 20-30 minutes to test if cooked.  Press the cake lightly in the center. If firm, then cake is done, if soft cook for a little longer.  Alternatively, insert a skewer into the center of the cake, if it comes out clean, the cake is ready.  Turn out on to a wire rack. Remove the lining paper and leave to cool completely.

For the icing:

  • 6 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tsp milk
  1. Put the butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and 1 tsp of the milk in a bowl.
  2. Beat with a wooden spoon or electric beaters  adding sufficient extra milk to give a light, smooth and fluffy consistency.

From Best-Ever Cake Decorating

Gray:  This was a lot of fun.  Katie usually does most of the baking, but I really enjoy doing it from time to time.  I was really surprised at how this came out. The cake was very good, but I think it could have been a little more moist.  The batter is very thick – almost a dough, but it baked up beautifully, and tasted great.  The icing was great, and although it was very similar to the buttercream icing Katie usually makes, it still tasted different.

Katie: I agree with Gray that the cake was very good, but could have been a bit more moist. He did a great job making the cake and icing it. I really just answered questions and he did all the work! We didn’t measure the pan I had, and it turned out we made it in a 9″ pan instead of an 8″ one, so the cake was not as thick. Gray cut it in half and made a layer cake, which I think was a great idea! His icing was wonderful and really made the cake.

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