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Pimp-my-sponge cake: making the most of what you got.

Posted in Baking, and Food & Entertaining

IMG_4262sofabrother has been experimenting with a mother sponge. His concept is to create a basic mix that can be customised to suit season/taste/recycling of left over ingredients. He made a dozen the other day and I thought they were very successful. The texture is somewhere between sponge and pound, and not as sweet as a regular cake. He used apple, fig, choc chips, raspberries and blueberries to customise the 12. The mix was  into greased muffin tins, and the flavourings added at that stage.  Small cupcake containers would work just as well.

I think the fig (which he had sliced crosswise and opened it up slightly) worked best, followed by the apple – slices and a bit of stewed, with a hit of lemon and some zest) and then the tart raspberry. Be generous if you add choc chips, and steer away from blueberries, they just got soggy and dropped through the mixture. A swirl of Nutella or dulche de leche would work well too, as would a salty peanut butter. The best part is that  you can make one batch of basic mix, and then customise each individual cake.

Three days later and I have polished off the last apple one with coffee for breakfast. The cake held out well, still moist, not a hint of dryness.

190g/6oz Butter
275g/1 1/4 cups castor sugar
3 eggs
300g/2 cups flour
1 tsp ginger powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb
250ml/1 cup buttermilk


  • Beat butter and sugar until pale creamy
  • Add eggs one at a time
  • Sift in dry ingredients
  • Add buttermilk
  • Stir until combined
  • Bake at 180/356 for 20 – 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out dry.

Add a drizzle of water icing spiked with lime juice or lemon if you fancy your cakes topped. Serve with strong tea or coffee. Deliciously simple.

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  1. Flossy

    I need to hang out with your brother. Am curious why buttermilk rather than ordinary. Is it the secret ingredient to deliciousness?

    March 21, 2014
  2. Got to have icing on top for me but they look scrummy

    March 19, 2014
  3. O. Oooo. OOOOOOOH.


    Lost all powers of coherent thought… it may last some time….

    March 19, 2014

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