Aching for some sponge cake baking? Break out the cake stand because August 23 is National Sponge Cake Day! This decadent dessert was first created in the mid-16th century by an Italian pastry chef for a Spanish lord. Since then, sponge cake has become a popular dessert item.
While there are many variations of the cake, one of the most popular is the Victoria sponge. Named after Queen Victoria (who is said to have enjoyed a slice of sponge cake with her afternoon tea), the cake consists of raspberry jam and whipped cream sandwiched between two layers of sponge. Whichever variation you prefer, be sure to bake (or buy) yourself a cake and celebrate!
National Sponge Cake Day Activities
Bake a cake
It may seem obvious, but one of the best ways to get into the spirit of National Sponge Cake Day is to, you guessed it, bake a sponge cake! Making the cake is pretty easy, but get creative with the decorating. Draw a cat with icing, cut slices in the shape of parallelograms — impress us with your creativity and skills.
Eat a cake
Let's say you’ve baked or bought a sponge cake. The next logical step is to indulge. Slice yourself — and your friends, because sharing is caring — a generous piece and dig in! Treat yourself because National Sponge Cake Day only comes once a year.
Share a cake
Giving is as nice as receiving. If you plan on baking a cake, consider taking some to a neighbor, friend, or coworker. If you don’t have time to bake, don’t worry. Purchasing a cake to give to someone is just as special.
Why We Love National Sponge Cake Day
We love to indulge
Who doesn’t love dessert? Everyone loves to treat themselves to a slice of cake…or two slices. Being able to do so without feeling guilty makes it even better. National Sponge Cake Day gives us all a reason to shamelessly eat cake!
Any excuse to bake is a good excuse!
Baking has always been fun, but with shows like Cupcake Wars, Cake Boss, and other shows focused on creating sweet treats, it seems baking is more popular than ever. If you’ve been scouring TV shows, cookbooks and specialty websites for sponge cake recipes, National Sponge Cake Day is the perfect opportunity to copycat your favorite chef's creations.
They’re classy, delicate, and lovely
Sponge cake, particularly Victoria Sponge, is light, simple, and oh so sweet. It can make us feel a little classier when we eat it, especially when paired with a pleasing cup of tea in a pretty teacup. It’s nice to feel a little fancy sometimes, and that’s one of the reasons we love sponge cake!