1st Birthday – Sponge Cake Recipe

This is my recipe for an easy all in one sponge, which is no fail every time.  This time I used it for my baby girls birthday cake for her first birthday.  Super super simple sponge cake.  I also had a go at decorating it too! But I’m no expert!

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes (approx)

What I used:

6 oz self Raising Flour

6 oz caster sugar

6 oz butter (I use baking Stork)

3 x eggs

1 x tsp vanilla essence


What I did:

Preheat the oven to 180c.

Greased 2 x 8 inch round baking tins and line with baking paper.

I put the butter and sugar in first and beat together until smooth.  I whisked in the eggs, one at a time. Then I sifted in the flour from a height to get lots of air in to it.  The flour was folded in and I added the vanilla essence.  You can put all the ingredients in together and mix if you like but it can come out a bit denser.  The mixture was then put in the tins I’d prepared earlier, equal amounts in both.  The tins of mixture were put in the oven and allowed to bake for approx 25 minutes or until golden and cooked through.  I test mine with a metal skewer which you put in the cake for a few seconds and if it comes out clean it’s ready.


When cooked, I put the cakes on a baking wire rack to cool and then filled the cakes with jam and butter cream.


To make the butter cream:

Mix 1 oz butter with 4 oz of icing sugar and add a drop of vanilla essence for flavour.  I use a little milk too to help bring it all together.

I put the butter cream on the under side of one of the cakes and the jam on the under side of the other half and sandwich together.


To decorate:

This time I used ready made and ready to roll pink fondant icing.  I used blue butter cream in a squirty tube to write my daughters name and draw a butterfly (or attempt to anyway!). Then I sprinkled little sugar butterflies over to finish.  And of course a number 1 candle!


What’s your sponge recipe? And how have you decorated yours?

Jess x




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6 thoughts on “1st Birthday – Sponge Cake Recipe

  1. Ah what a gorgeous cake! It looks so light and fluffy! Happy birthday, Emelia!! Thanks so much for linking up with #foodpornthursdays


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