Never Fail Sponge

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Yes really! I have never had a failure in 40 yrs….


  • 4 eggs
  • 180 g sugar
  • 180 g cornflour
  • 1 dessertspoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


Preheat oven to 180 C.
Spray 2 x 20cm cake pans with non stick.
Separate eggs and beat whites until stiff. Dissolve sugar in 2 tablespoons boiling water (as much as possible), add slowly to whites, beating fast.
Add yolks one at a time still beating at fast speed.
Gently fold in combined sifted cornflour, flour and baking powder.
Pour into prepared pans and cook for 20 minutes..
Switch off oven for 2 minutes, open door for 2 minutes.
Take out and drop on floor, or sharply onto bench.
Run knife around tin. Leave a minute or so and turn out.


The recipe above has been supplied by a member of the public and has not been individually tested by Helen Jackson. Helen Jackson does not accept any liability in relation to publication of this recipe.

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3 thoughts on “Never Fail Sponge

  1. Are the sponges in for a total of 24 minutes before you take them out (cook for 20, 2 minutes with oven off, THEN open door, and a FUTHER 2 mintues with door open) or 22 minutes (cook for 20 minutes, then turn off oven AND open door, for 2 minutes)?

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