Ginger sponge cake is one of those cakes that takes me back to my childhood. My nan used to make it occasionally and I can remember helping her in the kitchen – she used a recipe from an old notebook that held a collection of recipes from her own mother. I’m sure nan still has it and I’d love to go through it and copy down some of them, all very traditional Australian recipes.
The other day, I had a hankering for it and decided it was time to try my hand at it. As a kid, I remember thinking how hard it was to make…turns out it really isn’t that tricky! 8 year old me was a bit dumb ha! I wanted to make it my own and try something a little different and replaced strawberry jam with orange marmalade.
- wheaten cornflour, for dusting
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 1/3 cup wheaten cornflour
- 2/3 cup plain flour
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 300ml thickened cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons icing sugar mixture
- Orange Marmalade (filling)
1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease two 22cm (base) round cake pans. Dust sides of pan with a little cornflour.
2. Beat eggs and caster sugar for around 10 minutes or until thick and creamy (see pic below).
3. Meanwhile, sift flours, cream of tartar, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa, ginger and cinnamon together 3 times through so you get a nice fluffy cake. Fold into egg mixture gently to combine. Pour mixture into the 2 pans.
4. Bake for around 20 minutes or until sponges spring back when touched. Line a wire rack with baking paper. Turn sponges out onto wire rack to cool.
5. Place 1 sponge on a plate. Spread orange marmalade, not too thickly though because it is a little bitter, so be warned!
6. Beat cream, vanilla and half the icing sugar with an electric beater until soft peaks form.
7. Spread with cream mixture and place the remaining sponge on top. Dust with remaining icing sugar. DEVOUR!
I have to say, it was delish! If you give it a go, let us know what you think! If you want to sweeten it up, try a strawberry or blueberry jam!