Strawberry and Blueberry Sponge Cake

Whether you are looking at a traditional Sunday afternoon tea sitting on the lawn served with cups of tea, whiling away the last days of summer or simply a tasty slice of cake when you have a sweet craving come calling, this sponge cake topped off with strawberries and blueberries makes a very nice treat.


Dawn: This delicious, beautiful cake proved to be a big hit for a birthday celebration recently. So, without further a-do, let’s start with the ingredients. 


Serves 10-12


200g softened butter (plus a little more for greasing the cake case)

200g castor sugar

4 eggs

150g plain flour (or self-raising, omitting the baking powder)

2 tsp baking powder


150g softened butter

300g icing sugar

Few drops of vanilla essence


200g blueberries, washed and dried

150g strawberries, hulled, washed and dried

A little icing sugar to dust


1 x 8″ cake tin, with removable bottom

Greaseproof paper

1 x baking sheet

1 x cake board, large enough to carry an 8″ cake

Dawn: Decoration could be anything you decide! You may choose to add a teaspoon of cocoa powder to the buttercream and then pile on top of this a mixture of white, milk and dark chocolate shavings. You might decide to sprinkle the top with a selection of kids’ sweets or add a drop of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the buttercream and then add candied lemon slices across its top.


  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5, 190°C electric.
  • Line the 8″ cake tin with greaseproof paper, and lightly grease the paper with a thin smear of butter. Set aside.
  • Cream the butter and castor sugar together until they become light and fluffy in texture and appearance.
  • Break one egg at a time into a dish or mug, beat until pale yellow and light  in appearance. Slowly add the beaten egg to butter and sugar mixture until it is combined. Add each of the remaining eggs this way, beating well each time until all four eggs are mixed into the butter and sugar. The mixture will look pale yellow.
  • Slowly add a little of the flour and baking powder (if using), sifting them into the mixture. Fold the flour into the mixture.

Dawn: Folding is a term used to gently combine a whisked or creamy mixture with other ingredients so as the mixture’s overall lightness quality is retained. Folding is done with a metal spoon and is largely used when making certain cakes, meringues and souffles to keep the air in the mixture. 

  • When all of the flour is folded into the mixture, pour the mixture into the cake tin, spooning the top level. Place the cake tin on a baking sheet in the middle of the pre-heated oven. Bake for approximately 50-60 minutes until golden brown in colour.
  • Take from the oven when cooked and set aside until cool. Leave the cake in the cake tin to ensure the cake retains its shape.

Dawn: To test the cake to find out if it’s cooked, simply take a sharp knife and pierce the centre. If the knife comes out clean, then the cake is baked; if it comes out with a googy mixture on it, then it needs further baking time and you will have to keep checking it to see when it is baked. 

  • To make the buttercream topping, put the softened butter into a bowl and gradually sift the castor sugar, all the time beating the ingredients together with a wooden spoon until light and fluffy. Add a drop or two of vanilla essence and mix well.
  • When the cake is completely cold, remove from the cake tin.
  • Place a tiny amount of buttercream on the cake base and then place the cake on top. This dollop of buttercream under the cake secures the cake in place.
  • Now, cover the top of the cake with lashings of the vanilla infused buttercream until the top is completely covered.
  • Taking the hulled strawberries, position these around the edge of the cake creating a ‘wall’ of strawberries to ‘house’ the blueberries in. Add a further strawberry to the centre. Scoop the blueberries into the centre. Sprinkle with a little sifted icing sugar, if you prefer.

Dawn: Baking made easy! “How to Hull Strawberries” is here as well as How to Cream Butter and Sugar”.



There’s a multitude of variations to be made on this classic sponge recipe. One variation of this sponge could be chocolate sponge cake which simply needs you to substitute 45g (3 level tbsp) of the flour with 45g of cocoa powder.

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Banana Loaf

Having your cake and eating it! So the old saying goes and this version gives you a delicious afternoon tea tasty treat that you can ‘dress up’ with preserves or eat on it’s own. DSCI2222


8-10 slices

175g plain flour

50g polyunsaturated margarine

50g sugar (granulated or castor)

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 egg, beaten

3 very ripe bananas, peeled and smashed together


  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 4, 200°C electric.
  • Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
  • Put the margarine and sugar in a bowl and cream together.

Dawn: To cream together is to mix the ingredients into a light, fluffy-looking consistency. 

  • Beat the egg into the margarine and sugar mixture until all three ingredients are combined. Then add the bananas, a little at a time until they are incorporated into the mixture.
  • Next, add the bicarbonate of soda and the flour, sifted together.

Andrew: If you sift the flour, it adds to the lightness of texture of the loaf. 

  • Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin and place in the centre of the oven to bake for 45-50 minutes, or until golden brown in colour.

Dawn: To test to see if the loaf is baked, simply push a knife blade into the centre and if it emerges clean, the loaf is baked. If there’s googey mixture on the blade, the loaf needs baking a little longer. 

  • Serve warm or cold.

Andrew: The riper the bananas, the sweeter tasting they are. 

Dawn: Yes, so if the bananas you are using are super ripe, you may decide not to add sugar to the recipe. 

Andrew: Afternoon tea! Served traditionally at 4pm with cucumber sandwiches, jams, creams, scones.

Dawn: Simply lovely! In some places in the world, this tradition is still maintained such as Barbados. 

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Rocky Road

IMG-20140214-00889Another wonderful chocolate based treat, with a couple of surprises added to the mix.

Andrew: Basically this is very similar to the fridge cake recipes. All were made at the same time.

Dawn: We do the work so you don’t have to. 

Andrew: This is perfect for sharing with colleagues if you have a work ‘cake-off”.

Dawn: And a great way to win friends.


250g digestive  biscuits 

300 g dark chocolate (or a combination of milk/dark chocolate to suit your taste)

100g unsalted butter

150g golden syrup

100g glace cherries- chopped

A handful of mini marshmallows


  • Use cling film to line a shallow, square-shaped tin or a loaf tin. Leave extra cling film hanging over the sides.
  • Bash the biscuits into pieces using a rolling pin. Put them in a plastic bag or clean tea towel first for less mess.
  • Leave a few chunky bits for texture.
  • Melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the broken biscuits.
  • When cooled a little, stir in the cherries and marshmallows
  • Spoon the mixture into the tin. Level the surface by pressing it down and scoring with a fork..
  • Put the chocolate mixture in the fridge for between 1-2 hours to allow it to set.
  • Turn out the Rocky Road and peel off the cling film.
  • Cut the cake slices and enjoy!

Andrew: Alternatively you can spoon the mix onto greaseproof paper on a baking tray, for ready made chunky portions.

Dawn: Sounds absolutely delicious!

Andrew: They were, and they didn’t last long either.

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