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Plain Sponge Cake

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Servings: 2
Categories: Cakes / Desserts

1/2  c  Shortening
1 1/3  c  White sugar
1  t  Vanilla
1 1/2  ts  Baking powder
1  t  Cream of tartar
2  tb  Cornstarch
1 3/4  c  All purpose white flour
10  tb  Water

Cream together the shortening & sugar. Beat in the vanilla. Stir in the baking powder, cream of tartar & cornstarch. Measure in the flour & add the water. Stir until well combined, but do not beat the batter. If you are having problems mixing it, add a little more water, but only add it 1 tablespoon at a time as the batter should not be too wet. Turn batter into 2 prepared cake pans. Bake at 375F for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven & cool for 10 minutes on wire racks. Then turn out of pans onto racks & cool completely. Spread with jam & make a layer cake, topped with icing or, one way my Mum used to serve such cakes was with a "butter" icing in the middle & then powdered sugar sprinkled over the top.

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