Spring-Coloured Vanilla Sponge Cake
200g egg whites (or 4 whole eggs if you’re not colouring the batter)
400g caster sugar
320g cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
100ml vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
Gel colours – pink, blue, purple
Set the oven temp to 175’C
Grease and line 3 x 8 inch round cake pans
Mix the milk and oil together in a jug, and heat in microwave for 2 min on high. Set aside for 10-15 minutes.
Place the sugar, vanilla extract and eggs in a mixer, and beat on medium-high for 6 minutes, until pale and fluffy.
Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt together.
Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the egg mix, then half the milk mix; gently blending in between.
Repeat; ending with the dry ingredients.
Mix until just combined.
Divide the batter evenly between 3 bowls. Add colour to each bowl, stir until uniformly mixed.
Pour the batter into 3 x 8 inch cake pans and bake for 20 minutes, or until the sponge springs back when touched.
Cool in the pans.
When completely cool, use a scone cutter / round cookie cutter to cut out circles of cake (trim the tops flat, if necessary).
Happy baking, and happy (Southern Hemisphere) Spring Day!