If I bought a cake every time a birthday happened in this house, I would need to return to paid employment to support the cost!
Sponge cakes are the ultimate birthday cake. Traditional, flavoursome and easy. Able to be decorated or dressed down in any form. I love baking these retro favs! My kids think they are sensational and actually ask for them at birthday time. I am so flattered! Best of all, sponge cake is inexpensive and convenient. No difficult ingredients or complicated steps. No trips to the supermarket either! Yay!
I have two favourite sponge recipes. The first is a traditional recipe. I think it results in a slightly puffier sponge. (Pictured above). The second, photographed in stages below, is my super fast, lazy Mom sponge. Basically a throw it all in the bowl at once, mix and bake type affair. Who doesn't love one of these recipes!
You will need 2 sponge tins. Mine I am so proud of! My husband found a box of retro kitchenware on a junk pile one night in our neighbourhood. They are about 40 years old and I love them! I like to think of the old lady who once owned them, who baked for her own kids' birthdays and then her grandkids! I think they add even more retro cred to my retro baking!