Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberries and Cream

Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberries and Cream


Vanilla sponge cake with strawberries and cream is a classic simple pairing of light and airy sponge, whipped cream and fresh strawberries. This recipe could not be easier to make. Itʼs all done in one bowl and your mixmaster does all the work. What’s not to like.

ingredients to make Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberries and Cream

This recipe comes from an Australian magazine, The Women’s Weekly that ran a national sponge cake bake-off competition back in 2012, and this sponge was the winning entry.

Natalie Dick from South Australia won the competition and we’re glad she did because this sponge is an absolute winner. Our previous sponge recipe went out the door for this beauty.

strawberry sponge cake sponges turned out onto baking paper on a wire rack
sponges cooling on baking paper

It is super easy, requires just one bowl and no fancy ingredients. It is truly as light as a feather, soft, moist, with a very fine and tender crumb.

Sponge cake reputation

Sponges can have a reputation for being temperamental, but armed with a few pointers you will have success each and every bake.

  • have your oven preheated and tins greased and floured before you start to make sponge
  • sieve your measured flour and dry ingredients three times
  • butter should be soft and room temperature, but not so soft that it is oily
  • eggs have to be at room temperature
  • don’t use a skewer to test the sponge, instead gently press your fingers in the centre of the cake and if it springs back it’s ready


Growing up we lived next door to a strawberry farm where we had after school jobs in season, picking strawberries. When they were in season strawberries featured in our baking. Sponge cake with strawberries and cream is a classic and one we have been making for years.

Easy to put together, a sponge cake would be whipped up and baked in no time. Of course, living on a poultry farm ensured their was always plenty of eggs ready to whip one up.

vanilla sponge cake with strawberries and cream strawberries on a wooden chopping board with a silver knife

filling suggestions with cream

raspberries, blackberries, mulberries

passionfruit pulp


passionfruit curd

raspberry or strawberry jam

chocolate ganache

Our Mum was an excellent cook and Mum rated this sponge recipe 10/10! A great score, and  we rate it  the same. .

Watch How To Make Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberries and Cream

Still Hungry?

Subscribe to our newsletter and follow along on Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.


Please scroll to the bottom for the recipe


check out some more winning cake recipes

Chocolate Nemesis Cake - River Cafe

click on the link for the recipe…..Chocolate Nemesis Cake – River Cafe

French apple cake

click on the link for the recipe…..French Apple Cake

Chocolate almond cake

click on the link for the recipe…..Chocolate Almond Cake

orange and almond cake

click ofn the link for the recipe…..Orange and Almond Cake

Edna's lemon curd cake finished cooking and decorated with some fresh lemon leaves

click on the link for the recipe…..Edna’s Lemon Curd Cake

What’s your favourite sponge cake recipe? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.

clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares icon

Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberries and Cream

  • Author: Recipe Winners
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 serves


Classic sponge with strawberries and cream is so easy and impressive. Light as a feather sponge filled with whipped cream and strawberries. What’s not to like.



The flour, bicarb and cream of tartar are placed in a 1 cup measuring cup then topped up with the cornflour, which is why there is no quantity given for the wheaten cornflour.

  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bi-carb soda (baking soda)
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • wheaten cornflour (see notes below) (cornstarch) –  see note above for quantity 
  • 250ml (8 ounces) whipping cream, whipped till thick
  • 1 punnet strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • icing sugar to dust


  • make sure you use wheaten (wheat) cornflour (cornstarch) not, corn or maize
  • to make a chocolate sponge, remove 1 tablespoon of the cornflour and add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the cup of dry ingredients


  • preheat oven to 190c (375f) on bake, not fan
  • lightly grease and flour two 20cm (8 inch) cake tins, tapping tins to remove excess flour
  • cut a disc of baking paper to fit in the bases
  • put flour, bicarb soda (baking soda) and cream of tartar in a one cup measuring cup
  • fill the remainder of the cup with cornflour (cornstarch)
  • beat whole eggs, vanilla and sugar on high for 7 minutes (yes, 7 minutes) mixture should be pale colour and have doubled in volume
  • while eggs are beating, sift flour mixture 3 times
  • after 7 minutes beating add vanilla and flour mixture on low speed and beat for 1 minute till combined
  • divide mixture between the 2 tins
  • gently tap each tin on the bench to remove any air pockets
  • place tins on middle shelf of oven and bake for 15 minutes – see notes below
  • place a clean tea towel over a cake rack – see notes below
  • turn sponges out immediately and allow to cool completely
  • spread cream over sponge base and top cream with strawberries
  • place second sponge on top
  • dust with icing sugar
  • serve and enjoy!


  • all ovens differ, the sponge is ready when they spring back when touched, or they have slightly  come away from the sides
  • placing a tea towel on the cake rack stops the lines of the cake rack indenting the sponges
  • Category: cakes and desserts
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: Australian

Keywords: vanilla sponge cake with strawberries and cream

Related Recipes

You may also like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *