Tea Cake / Sponge Cake

By: Prasanna| Published: 6:37:00 AM

Enjoy this delicious,spongy Tea Cake / Sponge Cake for evening Tea with a cuppa hot Chai! Best ever recipe of Sponge Cake for kids in snack box too.

A long pending post ,Tea Cake / Sponge Cake!! finally, I could make this cake ,which I have been wanting to make for a very long time. 

I love sponge Cakes/ or Tea Cakes over other variety of cakes,as they are called.Just the plain one's,very simple and elegant flavor,just right to munch during Tea Time. I love almost every variety of cake but the plain sponge Cake/Vanilla Cake with no additions has been my favorite since childhood.
Recipe is also very basic,very easy to follow and no fancy steps.

I have also tried the EggFree / Eggless version of this sponge cake,which I will share soon.
Did you check all my baking recipes? Here is list of all my bakes!

Delicious soft Tea Cake served on a tray with a cup of tea

Firstly, take butter ( at room temperature) , whisk it till fluffy and light with a wired whisk or hand held mixer or stand mixer of your choice.
Then start adding eggs to the butter,and whisk after each addition.
Next,add the powdered sugar to this and whisk further till mix gets fluffy and smooth.
Step by Step Pictures of how to make Tea Cake Sponge Cake
Next sieve the flour,baking soda.If you are using unsalted butter then add salt to the flour and sieve that too. Here I have used salted butter so I skipped adding salt but I have mentioned in recipe.
Next add this flour to batter in batches and whisk further,add vanilla,whisk once and add milk and whisk further for sometime till its all fluffy and light.
Do not whisk at high speed and no more than few seconds ,as whisking the batter too fast and for a long time will make the cake dense and thick.
Make sure the batter is light,fluffy,when you bake it.This will make the final cake rise well,and it will not deflate/drop after taking out of oven.
Here throughout the first hour of baking I have tented the cake tin with aluminum foil ,so that the top does not get browned too much.
Step by Step Pictures of how to make Tea Cake Sponge Cake

Closer look of Tea cake Sponge Cake served on a white plate in a brown tray along with Tea Chai

Tea Cake / Sponge Cake

prasanna hede
Published 08/20/2018
Tea Cake / Sponge Cake
Sponge Cake / Tea Cake recipe to try for Tea-Time! Very delicious Tea Cake in few easy steps .


  • 1.5 Cups,Maida / All Purpose Unbleached ,spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 Cup,Butter(I used Salted),at room temperature
  • 3 Eggs,at room temperature
  • 1 Cup,Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt(if used Unsalted Butter)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon,Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon, Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Milk,at room temperature


  1. In a mixing bowl,add butter and whisk with a hand held mixer or wired whisk till fluffy.
  2. Add eggs,one at a time and whisk after each addition till the mix is light.
    Add sugar and whisk further till mixed well.
  3. Sieve flour and baking soda(if using Salt,in case of Unsalted Butter) then sieve that too.
  4. Add the flour mix in batches to the eggs mix and whisk well till nicely incorporated. 
  5. Make sure you do this a lower speed and do not over whisk it or the cake will turn dense.
  6. Add vanilla,mix further.
    Finally add milk and whisk further till the batter is all fluffy and light.
  7. Do this hardly for a few seconds,not more.
  8. Preheat oven at 320F / 160C.
    Prepare a baking 7" loaf pan,by applying butter inside the loaf pan and later sprinkle some flour and make sure its coated evenly inside the pan.
    Discard some excess flour.
  9. Pour the batter in the pan,tent it with an aluminum foil and bake it for 60 mins and then next remove the aluminum foil tent and bake at 285F/140C for next 10 Mins or till cake is done well and a toothpick/knife comes out clean.
  10. Let the cake cool completely,then run a knife slowly from the edges of the pan and invert cake.
  11. Slice and serve with tea!
Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 00:15:00 mins.
Cook time: 01:10:00 mins.
Total time: 1:25 mins.
Tags: tea cake,sponge cake

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    1. What a perfect cake. The crumb looks SO tender! I can't wait to try this.

    2. What a great cake for snacking and sharing with friends! And a perfect excuse to throw a tea party ;)

    3. I love simple, easy and such effortless recipes. That cake looks like and fluffy. Just the way I like it. Saving this for later.

    4. Simple and the BEST tea cake ever. Looks absolutely perfect. Soft, spongy and so good!

    5. I'm glad the comment box finally showed up because I wanted to tell you how much I like sponge cakes. They have just the right amount of sweetness. I don't have to feel guilty enjoying a slice in the morning or afternoon with my coffee. Also - I think it makes the perfect base for shortcake -- the strawberries love it as they soak into the cake. Great recipe.

    6. I love a good sponge cake! I haven't had it in ages, and normally buy it at the store. But your version looks easy, so I can make it whenever the urge strikes. Saving this for later!

    7. I love tea cakes and your recipe is delish! Easy and a perfect accompaniment to my daily teatime! I think this would freeze well too! I like to keep some sweets in the freezer for when my familycomes over. They would love this cake!

    8. This looks delicious and oh-so-very moist! I'll definitely have to add this to my list of things to make.

    9. This so reminds me of my grandma's pound cake!! I can see how this will pair perfectly with tea or coffee. Personally, I would eat this for breakfast with my bacon and eggs! Looks and sounds so amazing!

    10. Tea coffee cake is an ultimate breakfast option for me. Vibrant color and fantastic taste- what else can i wish?

    11. Simple yet packed with all the flavours, loving the texture of this tea cake!

    12. Hi what is the size of the cup? How many grams?

    13. Very disappointed about how my cake just turned out
      I followed the exact steps and it was so dense and the outsides were burnt and the inside was greyish undercooked!
      Im a first time baker and adding the 1-2 cup milk finally made my batter so runny
      I din think that was ok but still thought i would give it a try
      After one hour and ten minutes the cake was horrible

    14. Have we to add baking soda or baking powder?

    15. Wondering same thing. Recipe
      says baking soda. Is it a mistake? Baking soda is used when there is an acidic component like buttermilk but this recipe asks for milk not buttermilk.

    16. Photos looks amazing. I hope tastes as delicious as it looks. I love tea cakes and will definitely try this recipe out. Thanks a lot for sharing. Keep Baking! Oh between, if you're from Delhi, you should definitely try tea cakes from WHIPPED.


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