Strawberries & Cream Sponge Cake

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7-8" round cake

Light as air and fluffy as cotton, each bite of this heavenly cake is in perfect balance. And since this is actually a sponge cake, one can have it without too much guilt over the

1/2 cup
caster/grinded sugar
3/4 cup
cake flour
1 tbsp.
1 tbsp.
1 tsp.
vanilla essence
Ingredients for Syrup
3 tbsp.
hot water
2 tbsp.
drops of vanilla essence

If you don't have cake flour, you can make it by removing 1 and a half tbsp. of flour from the measured amount mentioned above and replacing it with 1 and a half tbsp. of corn flour/cornstarch and a pinch of salt. Sift the two together a couple of times to make sure all is well combined.

First prepare the syrup. Mix the sugar in hot water and then add the vanilla. Set this aside for later.

For the strawberries, select a few that you will place on top of the cake. Slice the rest into thin slices and put them into a bowl. Sprinkle 1-2 tbsp. of sugar over the sliced strawberries and refrigerate. This is called 'maceration'. It helps make the strawberries nice, soft and juicy for the cake filling.

Prepare your cake pan by lining it with grease proof paper and greasing it to make sure the cake doesn't stick. I used an 8 inch pan. You can use a slightly smaller one if you want a higher cake.

Preheat your oven at 170 C.

Put the butter and milk into a small bowl and set aside.

Sift the flour

Put the eggs in a big glass bowl, then add the sugar. Beat the eggs for 30 seconds. Then dip the bowl in a pan of hot water and keep beating on high speed for 2 minutes. Make sure that the egg mixture doesn't get too warm, if you stick your finger in it, it shouldn't be too warm. Remove from the hot water and now put the small bowl of butter and milk into the hot water and leave it there for the butter to melt slowly.

The eggs will have started expanding from the beating. Keep beating for about 4 minutes until the egg mixture resembles cream. The beaters should leave streaks in the mixture as you whip, like how whipping cream looks at the 'soft peak' stage.

Once you have reached this consistency, remove the beaters and use a balloon whisk. Whisk the egg mixture for a few seconds.

Now sift all the flour into the egg mixture. Using a spatula, GENTLY fold the flour in using 30 strokes or less. If you over mix or fold too vigorously, you will lose all the air that has built up in the eggs, so be gentle.

Once the flour is mixed, take the bowl of butter and milk that you had kept in the hot water. It should have melted by now. Add it into the batter. Also add your vanilla essence. Now fold again no more than 50 times or less until the batter is well combined and shiny.

Pour into the prepared pan. Pick and drop the pan twice to remove any excess air bubbles. Then bake immediately. It should take about 23-25 minutes.

Check using a toothpick or skewer, it should come out clean to indicate the cake is ready. Again pick and drop the pan twice to prevent it from shrinking as it cools.

Now turn the pan over on a cake rack but do not remove the pan. Let the pan cool down until it is easy to handle with your hands without getting burnt.

Remove the pan, remove the greaseproof paper. Cut the cake in half, drizzle or brush the sugar syrup all over the cut halves, then add cream followed by the sliced macerated strawberries. Cover the strawberries with more cream, put the second half of the cake and cream that as well. Decorate with strawberries. Chill until the cream sets and enjoy your yummy cake! :)

Enjoy! :)



aahhh its 5 am I want this now! I can jus taste it in my mouth! I'm surprised.. it hardly uses any ingredients.. well not much at all! planning on making this but not got cream, so will buttercream the top and having strawberries inside!.. can't wait! keep up the great work! p.s. jus a suggestion.. maybe you could have a link on ur recipes to your facebook page.. I wanted to see the fb cmnts bt cudn b bothered going n searching for it!

asak cake flour and self raising flour the same

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W/Salaam, no the two are different, please read this note: SR Flour

Hi! I use food processor to beat eggs or whip cream. Can't do this "heating eggs on hot water" way :/ , can I skip the heating and just do normal beating of eggs till creamy stage comes??

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Hi, the steam from the hot water helps the eggs fluff up bigger and faster. But yes you cannot do it then leave that step out.

can u plz show some pictures how to make the cake!! the instructions is a bit confusing.... i want to make this for jejo birthday!! thanx

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Actually the recipe is quite straightforward, what part is confusing? Let me know so I can explain it better for you. :)

Dear plz tell me if I want to make chocolate sponge cake with the same recipe what should I do ?

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W/Salaam. In a bowl, measure out the required 3/4 cup of plain flour and remove 4 and a half tbsp flour from it. Then add 1 and a half tbsp cornflour and 3 tbsp cocoa into it. Proceed with the rest of the recipe as directed.

hi iwant to make this with mango or bana bcz i dnt have straweberry right now
can i try this

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Absolutely! It goes really well with pineapple too if you want.

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You can use mango or cherries or peaches.

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7 inch round pan.

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W/Salaam, caster sugar is basically grinded sugar.

We can use caster or grinded sugar right? Or should we use both?

Thank you

just wanted to ask what cake flour is as i have not heard of it before...can this be subsituted with self raising flour? ps keep up the fab work :)

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No you cannot substitute the two, each is very different from the other. You can make cake flour at home using this method. Cake Flour

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Hi! Use whipped cream for such cakes. :)

Hi towards the end you mention about cream where as in the ingredients it does not say what cream we need. is that whipped cream you layer the cake with could you be a bit precise. Thank u

don`t use baking powder?????

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Nope, no baking powder for this recipe.


Salaams...Thank u so much for the cake flour recipe...
it always used to put me off when it said to use cake flour...and it is not available in my country. May Allah bless you for the good job u r doing.

Assalamu alaikum fauzia, Eid Mubarak! I just wanted to know how
Many cups is whipped cream is required for this cake?


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W/Salaam, 2 cups of whipping cream will do.

Salaam fauzia,
I was looking at the recipe of cake flour. Is cornstarch the same as cornflour? Need ur reply urgent please. Thanks

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W/Salaam, yes the two are the same thing.

And using these measurements, how many people can eat this cake?

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Around 8-10 depending on how big the slices are.

Thank you so much. I'm going to make this today on eid inshallah.

My cake didn't rise at all:(

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Did you follow all the instructions accurately? Any changes at all?

Hi, tried this recipe today and the cake didn’t rise. I followed the method as it is what did I do that could have caused this to happen

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Hi! It could be that you overmixed the batter, it is very delicate because the eggs are what help the cake rise, if you over mix after adding the flour, the cake will not rise. Try again!

Salams sister,
Do you use only the egg white for this recipe or is it the whole egg?
Can I use chocolate syrup to dizzle the cake on top?

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W/Salaam, whole egg not just egg white. And yes you can drizzle chocolate syrup.

asalaam alaikum i hv read the recipe and comments and got to see that we can try with other fruit like pineapple instead of strawberry. can u please help me what other fruit i can try too.?

I was just wondering what size cake tin did you use for this recipe??
Thank you

Salaams...can we use plain flour instead?

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You can make the cake flour, it is quite necessary for best results.

Salaam sister. Is it possible to make a chocolate version of this cake? If so how would I go about it?

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W/Salaam, have personally never tried the chocolate version, although you can try by replacing 2 tbsp of the flour with cocoa powder.

Also can I refrigirate this cake overnight? Or just leave it out since I want to make it in advance.
Thank you in advance

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Wrap it in cling film and refrigerate. :)

Assalam cake didnt rise :'(. my whipped cream turned into butter:-[

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W/Salaam, probably overwhipped the batter and the cream. :S Do try again!

Aoa I wonder if you know that whether cake flour is available in UK or not

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Yes it should be available otherwise you can make it as directed in the recipe.

sis we have to make the whipped cream or its available in the market?? if available in the market, should we use it directly to the cake?