Perfect Sponge Cake

Mother’s day comes with so many expectations. 

Perfect breakfast in bed, perfect day out with the family, getting spoilt with flowers and gifts and perfectly behaved children for the day.

But then reality gets in the way and none of that happens the way it’s “meant” to. Perfect breakfasts end up with a sink filled with dishes, perfect day with the family doesn’t happen as expected and the perfectly behaved children… well, that really wasn’t going to happen was it.

I don’t know why we feel all this pressure to enjoy this one day of the year and the expectation that we need to be “spoilt” with even more things.

I wish we could just enjoy the normality of the day without the need to feel a certain way.

sponge cake slice



daily blooms

flowers not received on mother’s day


This sponge cake was meant to be made for Mother’s day, it didn’t happen.  

There were a few meltdowns happening that day so the cake wasn’t really going to happen.

When I finally made it, the day after, the cake nearly blew away in the wind when we tried to get a photo, as did the flowers and icing sugar.

We stepped in mud and it started drizzling, but you know what, when it came time to tasting it, it was pretty perfect.


Perfect Sponge Cake
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Recipe type: Cake
  • 6 eggs
  • 250g (1¼ cup) caster sugar
  • 125g (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 75g cornflour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  1. Grease and line 2 x 22cm springform cake tins and set aside
  2. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan
  3. Place eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium to high until they are thick and creamy and doubled in size. About 6-8 minutes
  4. Slowly add sugar and continue beating until sugar has dissolved
  5. Sift dry ingredients 3 times and gently fold into egg mixture with a metal spoon or a spatula
  6. Make sure flour is mixed through but do not overmix as mixture will lose it's airiness
  7. Carefully spoon mixture into tins and bake for 25mins
  8. Cake will be done when it springs back when lightly pressed and shrinks from the side of the tin
  9. Allow to cool slightly before removing from tins and turning onto a wire rack


1 cup cream
jam of choice

Whisk cream until fluffy, spread one cake with jam and then top with cream
Sandwich together and dust with icing sugar


So we just enjoyed the perfect sponge and I reminded myself to enjoy the normality of the day and be thankful for each and every one of those moments that make me feel all the love, all the heart melts, all the smiles, all the cuteness, all the conversations, all the secrets and ALL that makes me love this job of mine and those little beings that made me a mum.




Did you have the perfect mother’s day?