basic sponge cake recipe, frugal baking

basic sponge cake recipe

This basic sponge cake recipe fitted well in an 8″ square tin but any shape will be fine – this same mixture can be used to make small fairy cakes – you could fill 12 paper cases (bake in the oven in a patty or muffin tin for about 15 minutes) and then use the rest for the main cake – puddings and treats!


  • 300g/12oz/2 cups of self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g/4oz/half a cup of sugar
  • 1 cup/8 fl.oz/200ml of sunflower oil
  • 1 cup of soya milk (or possibly a little more to get a good mixture)
  • 2 teaspoons of natural vanilla extract (optional)


Oil your cake tin and preheat oven to 180C/360F. Mix together your dry ingredients of flour, sugar and bicarbonate. Make a well in the middle and pour in the oil, soya milk and vanilla – mix well. Pour into cake tin. Bake for about half an hour or until cooked in middle (insert a knife or skewer into the centre of cake and if cooked it will come out clean).

Variations: Top with chocolate chips prior to baking. Add dried fruit or chopped nuts (50-100g) to the mixture. Once cool ice with melted chocolate or water icing (50g. of icing sugar mixed with 1 or 2 teaspoons of hot water) Add a mashed banana or two while mixing for banana cake. Add the juice and zest of a lemon – you can also make lemon icing in the same way as water icing using lemon juice instead of water.

If you liked this basic sponge cake recipe, do try our other frugal fare!

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