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All-in-one Sponge Cake with Raspberry & Mascarpone Cream


You could say that in these days of frantic waistline watching, cakes are a bit of a vanished species, but not altogether, I hope, because everyone should have a day off from being disciplined now and then – a real, proper home-made sponge cake is just the thing for a sunny weekend, for serving with tea in the garden. Here, the lightest of sponges filled with summer fruits makes a delicious teatime treat.

This recipe first appeared in Sainsbury’s Magazine

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  • 6 ounces self-raising flour (175-grams)
  • 1 rounded teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 ounces caster sugar ( (175-grams)
  • 6 ounces butter, very soft at room temperature (175-grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces raspberries (225-grams)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons soft set raspberry jam
  • 1 (8.8-ounce) tub mascarpone (250-grams)
  • 1 (6.75-ounce) tub fromage frais (200-ml)
  • 1 level tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Icing sugar, for serving


Servings 12
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 45mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 3, 325°F (170°C).


You will also need two 8-inch (20-cm) 1½-inch (4-cm) deep sponge tins, lightly greased and lined with silicone paper (baking parchment).

Take a very large mixing bowl. Measure the flour and baking powder into a sieve and sift into a bowl, holding the sieve quite high to give the flour a good airing as it goes down. Now all you do is simply add all the other sponge ingredients to the bowl and, provided the butter is really soft, you just go in with an electric hand whisk and whisk everything together until you have a smooth, well-combined mixture. This will take 1 minute but, if you don't have an electric hand whisk, you can use a wooden spoon with a bit more effort.

What you now end up with is a mixture that drops easily off a spoon when you give it a tap on the side of the bowl. If it does seem a little too stiff, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of tap water and mix again. Now divide the mixture between the two tins, level it out and place on the centre shelf of the oven. It will take 30 to 35 minutes to cook, don't open the oven door until 30 minutes have elapsed.

To test if they are cooked or not, touch the centre lightly with your little finger; if it leaves no impression and springs back, the sponge is cooked.

Next, remove them from the oven then wait for about 5 minutes before turning them out on to a wire cooling rack. Carefully peel off the base papers, leave the sponges to get completely cold, then add the filling.


Combine the mascarpone and fromage frais in a bowl; a balloon whisk will amalgamate them quicker. Add the level tablespoon of sugar and one teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Now spread one tablespoon of jam over one of the sponge cakes, follow this with half the cream mixture then scatter the raspberries all over that. Now add the remaining cream mixture and drizzle it with the rest of the jam. Place the second sponge cake on top. Press very lightly to sandwich everything together, then lightly dust the cake with icing sugar before serving.

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