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This recipe is classed as intermediate

Rating 3.51 / 5 (104 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
30 min

Jane Asher's sponge sandwich with whipped cream and strawberry jam is a classic British afternoon tea treat

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1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Grease and line two 20cm sandwich tins.

2. Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat it hard with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, like whipped cream.

3. Break the eggs into small bowl and add the vanilla extract. Beat the mixture lightly with a fork.

4. With the mixer running on full speed add the egg very gradually to the butter/sugar mixture. It's important to do this slowly and gradually, to stop the mixture curdling. Once all the eggs are in, fold in the flour with a spatula or large spoon. The mixture should now be of a dropping consistency, so add a drop of water if it's too thick.

5. With a spatula or large spoon scoop half the mixture into each of the two sandwich tins. Transfer to the centre of the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes until well risen and golden brown. To check they are cooked, slide a sharp knife blade into the centre of the sponge - the knife should come out clean.

6. Remove from the oven and leave the cakes in the tins to cool for a couple of minutes. Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely before decorating.

7. Once the cakes are completely cool, spread the jam onto one half and the whipped cream onto the other. Sandwich them together and dust the top with caster sugar.


  • 4 eggs
  • 225 g softened unsalted butter
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence

To decorate

  • strawberry jam
  • whipped cream
  • caster sugar

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Latest Comment


i have used this recipe of Jane's before and it really is a superb cake.
i am going to use it to make a thomas tank engine and carriage cakes, can i colour some of the mixture with food colourings as they will not ice well. an advice on this will be greatly appreciated.

BarbaraR14316 BarbaraR14316  Posted 28 Jan 2013 3:35 PM

The best recipe yet.............And I have tried a few. I recommend Jane Asher recipe to everyone. My family love it. Smile

Choccy Angel Choccy Angel  Posted 13 Aug 2012 4:26 PM

thank you for the post, just what i needed

AminaA66559 AminaA66559  Posted 09 Apr 2010 12:34 PM

so easy and so lovely

markH12306 markH12306 Posted 29 Jan 2010 9:18 PM

I think they mean dust the top with icing sugar?

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 05 Jul 2009 5:16 PM

Lovely cake Smile

mandyS64524 mandyS64524 Posted 24 Mar 2009 7:54 PM