Can a 5 year old make a great sponge cake?

Today Dominic made a recipe that has been passed down through our family from his great grand mother. Dominic is 5 years, and look how high that sponge is! 

For the Sponge will need:
1/2 cup corn flour 80grams
1/4 cup self raising flour 40grams
2 tablespoons custard powder 20g
3/4 cup Castor sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder

Get all the ingredients ready before you begin. 
Preheat the oven to 170c (no fan). Then Grease two 8 inch tins with butter and then flour.
  • In a bowl  sift the corn flour, self raising flour, custard powder and baking powder together. Set aside.
  • The eggs need to be separated. Whites in one mixing bowl, yolks in another.
  • Measure the caster sugar into a small bowl and place a dessertspoon in it.
Now all the ingredients are ready, Dominic will show you how it is done from here:


 1. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.

 2. Turn off the mixer and add one dessertspoon of the caster sugar.

 3. Mix the sugar into the egg whites until it dissolves.
Repeat this process until all the sugar has been added to the egg whites.
Then set this bowl aside for the moment.

4. Now beat the egg yolks until they are pale and fluffy.

 5. Spoon the egg yolks onto the egg whites. I helped Dominic by holding the bowl while he scraped it out.

6. Fold this mixture together gently with the dessert spoon using a lifting motion, rather than stirring

 7. Sift the flour on top of the combined egg mixture.

 8. Fold the flour into the mixture with a knife until just combined.
Then divide the mixture between the two greased tins. Time to help again.
Dominic opened the oven door so we could put them in.
They took 15 minutes to cook at 170c.

9. Dominic looking very happy with his fantastic sponges.
The sponges are cooked when they spring back when  a finger is pressed lightly on top.
Next I took the sponges out of the tins go they could cool.

10. Now it is time for Dominic to whip the cream.
The Filling
100ml of cream
1 tablespoon of icing sugar
1 teaspoon of passion fruit juice, without the pips.

11. Place the bottom layer of the cake on a plate and top with the whipped cream. Place the top layer on top and ice with Passion fruit icing.

12. For the Passion Fruit Icing you will need
  • 1 cup of icing sugar
  • 1-2 fresh passion fruit or a small tin of pulp.
Place the icing sugar in a small bowl and add enough passion fruit to make a spreadable icing.

 So what was the verdict?
Everyone loved it.
We even had enough to invite the Nana and Papa around for a piece.
Nana said that Dominic had done "Auntie Edna" proud!!
Now Dominic and Jessica plan to make the Sponge again when Granny comes to visit during the school holidays.

Great Job Dominic!!!


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