Vanilla Sponge Cake

I have never ever made a proper ‘from scratch’ sponge cake but I decided that for mothers day that is what I would be making.

I scoured the web and found this recipe from the Clover site.

I adapted it ever so slightly.


  • 4 eggs
  • 300ml (250g) castor sugar
  • 500ml (280g) cake flour
  • 15ml baking powder
  • 250ml milk
  • 100g margerine
  • 5ml vanilla essence

Note: I measured everything out precisely using my kitchen scale, something I have never really done before.  It must have worked because the cake was delicious!


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  • Beat eggs and caster sugar together (I used a hand held electric beater for about 3 minutes).
  • Sift flour and baking powder and fold into egg mixture.
  • On the stove, melt the marge in the milk on a medium heat, do not let the mixture boil.
  • Add the vanilla essence to the flour and egg mixture and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into a pre-greased springform tin and bake for 30 minutes.
This was the only photo I had, it was gone before I could get a photo of the whole cake!


I covered my cake in a Pick n Pay Finest chocolate ganache.  Let me stop here and  just say O.M.G!  You have to get your hands on this stuff, its divine!

2 Replies to “Vanilla Sponge Cake”

    1. Not every Pick n Pay stocks them but I found mine in the fridge section by the milk and butter. All the packaging for the Finest range is black and looks very fancy 🙂

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