Passionfruit Sponge

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We were at a friend’s birthday party last night when the topic of sponge cakes came up and I remembered this recipe I’ve had for more than 20 years. A friend renowned for making amazing sponges gave me a copy of her recipe (an old family favourite); this cake is listed in my scrap book of recipes as “Brenda’s Feather Light Sponge” so thanks to Brenda…

Passionfruit Sponge
Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: Australian
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Serves: 8
A very light sponge filled with cream and strawberries and topped with passionfruit icing.
  • ¾ cup cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon custard powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 eggs (left of of fridge)
  • pinch salt
  • ¾ cup castor sugar
  • 300 mls whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup soft icing sugar + 1 tablespoon extra
  • 3 or 4 passionfruit
  • 6 strawberries
  1. Preheat the oven to 180* C . Prepare cake tins by lightly buttering and lining with baking paper.
  2. Beat egg whites until forming soft peaks, add salt and then the castor sugar one tablespoon at a time. The egg yolks are added next one at a time.
  3. Gently fold in the sifted dry ingredients with a spatula until just combined. Cook in 2 x 20 cm prepared tins until a light golden colour and firm to touch in the centre (or test with a skewer).
  4. When the cakes are cold, fill with the whipped cream mix (cream, vanilla essence & 1 tablespoon of icing sugar beaten together until thick) and the sliced or chopped strawberries.
  5. Make a passionfruit icing by adding the pulp and juice of several passionfruit to the sifted soft icing sugar until the right consistency for icing the cake is reached. I like it a bit runny so it drips over the edges of the cake. Place the cake in the fridge for at least 30 min to help it set and make it a bit easier to cut.
This cake is quite large, you could easily make two separate sponges by cutting each in half.



  1. scarlet   •  

    that looks delicious lemmie! yum

  2. Maz   •  

    I am trying this tomorrow enjoyed your site

  3. Juliemc   •  

    I remember making similar sponges in the 80’s when the kids were young . It had a very similar recipe . The old ” Ginger Fluff ” was very popular as well . I remember my auntie made it and accidentally put baking powder instead of cornflour and she had a volcano in the oven and an empty tin at the end ! She thought it was very funny ! I will definitely be making this one !!

    •   •     Author

      Hi Jules, loving your comments and encouragement, yes this is a golden oldie and sometimes it is worth doing the old ones again, so light and fluffy and always looks spectacular! MUST catch up soon

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