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Simple Birthday Sponge Cake.

I do like to bake as much as I can for my family, and what better excuse to bake than a birthday.

It’s my husbands birthday this Friday, 1st February and he loves cake, so I decided to make a very simple sponge cake. One of his favourite flavours is salted caramel, here’s the recipe and how I made it.

125 grams Self raising flour
125 grams Caster sugar
125 grams Butter or equivalent, I use Stork margarine.
2 large eggs or 3 medium eggs
1-2 teaspoons salted caramel flavouring, add this according to taste preference.

You will also need a cake tin, round or square, I used an 8″x 8″ square tin, which was about 2″ deep. You can either line your tin with baking paper, or what I like to do is coat with a thin layer of butter and a dusting of flour.

OK let’s get this cake made.
Pre-heat your oven at Gas mark 6, 392 Fahrenheit, 200 Celsius

Add your sugar and butter in to a large bowl, I’m using a standing mixer, but you can do it by hand or with an electric hand whisk.

Mix until well combined, add in your flour and mix, then add your eggs and salted caramel, mix until all ingredients are combined and you have a smooth mixture.

Transfer mixture in to your cake tin, making sure it’s even.

Pop it in to your pre-heated oven for 25 minutes.
Once the 25 minutes is up, remove from the oven and using a tooth pick or something similar, check your sponge is cooked completely by sticking your tooth pick in to the very centre of your sponge, if it comes out clean, it’s done, if not, return to the oven for about 2-5 more minutes, then repeat your test until your tooth pick comes out clean.
Leave to cool in the tin for about 1 hour, then carefully turn out on to a wire cooling rack.
Once your sponge is completely cold, you can either leave as it is or you can decorate it. I decided to decorate it very simply, using a Happy Birthday decoration I bought from my local supermarket, ASDA.

The letters and star shapes aren’t joined so I stuck them on to the sponge using a little bit of icing sugar on the backs of them so they’d hopefully stay in one place.

There you have it, a very simple, easy to make and decorate, birthday cake.

I hope you give this recipe a try. You can use any flavouring you wish instead of the salted caramel, this also works well as a lemon sponge cake.

Thanks for reading. 😊🎂

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