Semolina Sponge Cake for Lorraine! by Kevin

So as it says above this cake was for Lorraine. It was Lorraine's birthday so I decided she would need a cake! I had the idea for this cake on Father's Day when I was teaching my sister how to make a Victoria Sponge. There's 3 main things needed to make this cake. SO this is my first recipe post so you know....bear with me. There's also fondant involved for the lettering.

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What you'll need to make this cake!


For the sponge

  • 6 eggs, seperated
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 240g semolina flour
  • Grated Zest of 1 organic unwaxed lemon
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder

For the salted caramel sauce

  • 1 can of condensed milk (379g)
  • 150g soft dark brown sugar
  • 150g butter
  • pinch of maldon salt

...you end up with some extra caramel sauce...but that's never a bad thing.

For the Apricot Butter Cream

  • 227g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 lots of caster sugar 50g each
  • 8 fresh apricots

or if you get apricot jam just use 1 lot of caster sugar.

  • 2 egg yolks

Ok so that's everything! So we'll begin!

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and grease a 20cm cake tin with butter. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until smooth then gradually whisk in small amounts of the flour. Add the lemon zest. In a seperate bowl whisk egg whites until they form stiff peaks, then fold into the mixture with the baking powder. Pour into the tin and bake for 30-35 minutes. Pop it out and let it is in the tray for 15 minutes. The flip it upside-down on a wire rack and leave to cool. It should look a little like this:

A sponge cake! With no filter.

Once it's cool slice it in half like so:

golden wonderfulness.......

Ok I have acidtate strips that wrap around and keep everything in place, if not place the bottom half of the pizza back in cake tin.

Ok so caramel sauce, in a saucepan melt the butter and sugar together till it's smooth. Once all the sugar is dissolved pour in the condensed milk. Stir it continuously till the first bubble appears. Don't let it boil!

Pour it over the bottom half and leave it to cool in the fridge for a half hour.


Pop it back out and put the top half on.

Now last but not least the apricot butter cream:

In a small pop cook down the apricots with 50g of sugar....or if you have apricot jamdo nothing. Beat the butter till it's pale and creamy. Beat in the remaining sugar, apricots and egg yolks. Mix it till its very smooth.

Spread it over cake and add small insult.


I also made a box for the cake...there's no recipe for this but you can have a look.


Ok. Done. Yay.