Alex M made this sponge cake
for his girlfriend Talia for her birthday, and we all got to eat it. Ain't that nice!


175g soft butter
175g sugar
3 eggs
175g self raising flour
1tsp of baking powder
1tsp of vanilla extract

whipped cream
icing sugar


1/ Preheat your oven to 180c and grease two 18cm cake tins. Line the tins.

2/ Cream the butter & sugar until they are light and fluffy and your arm is sore. Beat in the eggs one at a time, with 1tbsp of flour.

3/ Sift the remaining flour and baking powder over the bowl. Add vanilla extract. Fold in gently like you are caressing your lover's ear. Divide the mixture equally between the two tins.

4/ Bake for 25 minutes or until risen, firm and shrinking from the edges. Leave in the tins for 3 minutes. Invert on to a rack. Peel the paper carefully off and leave them to cool on racks. Fill with jam and cream. Sprinkle icing sugar on the top.

5/ Take to your friend's house and eat, accompanied by a nice cup of tea.

Recipe from Sam Stern's Eat Vegetarian book