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Making a plain maida sponge cake for tea is as easy as mix and bake.

Classic Sponge Cake - Vanilla Sponge Cake

This is a basic sponge cake recipe often referred to as a plain cake or vanilla cake. Made with all-purpose flour (maida), eggs, sugar, and butter this cake is one that can be used to make many different variations like orange, lemon, fruits, and trifles.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Anglo-Indian, East-Indian, Goan, Indian
Keyword cake, East-Indian recipes, pound, sponge, vanilla
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 514kcal
Cost $5


  • 8-inch round baking pan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking tray
  • Oven


  • 250 grams All-purpose flour maida
  • 250 grams Sugar fine castor sugar
  • 250 grams Butter
  • 5 large Eggs
  • ½ tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract or ¼ tsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ tsp Lemon or Almond essence


  • Preheat the oven at 180 C / 360 F
  • Grease and line with parchment paper an 8-inch round cake pan or 7-inch square cake pan
  • Cream together butter and sugar until all the sugar is dissolved
  • Add eggs one at a time
  • Combine the flour with baking powder - then add flour in three batches - combine well.
  • Lastly, add the vanilla and other flavoring
  • Pour into the prepared baking pan
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.


Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 972IU | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg