Fresh berry sponge

7
6
6
SmartPoints value per serving
Total Time
34 min
Prep
25 min
Cook
9 min
Serves
8
Difficulty
Easy
A whisked sponge uses no fat, which makes it light and airy

Ingredients

Calorie controlled cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Egg, whole, raw

3 medium, raw

Caster Sugar

100 g

Plain White Flour

100 g

Low Fat Soft Cheese

200 g

Lemon(s)

1 zest(s) of 1

Icing Sugar

3 teaspoons, level

Lemon Curd

2 tablespoons, level

Raspberries

200 g

Blueberries

100 g

Mint, Fresh

4 sprig(s)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 7/220°C/fan oven 200°C. Spray two 18 cm (7 inch) sandwich tins with the cooking spray and line the bases with circles of baking paper
  2. Using a hand-held electric mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl until very pale and light in texture – this will take about 5 minutes on full power. To check that the mixture is thick enough, switch off the mixer and lift up the beaters – they should leave a trail in the mixture for a few seconds.
  3. Sift the flour into the mixture and fold it through lightly but thoroughly, using a large metal spoon. Divide the mixture between the prepared tins and level the tops.
  4. Bake the cakes for 8–9 minutes until golden brown and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and turn them out of the tins on to a cooling rack. Cover with a clean damp tea towel and leave until completely cold. Remove the lining paper.
  5. Mix together the low fat soft cheese, lemon zest and icing sugar. Spread half the mixture over the surface of one sponge, then spread the lemon curd over it (stir it well first). Top with most of the raspberries and blueberries. Sandwich the two cakes together and decorate the top with the rest of the soft cheese mixture, the remaining berries and mint leaves.

Notes

Cooks tip- the secret of success is to whisk the eggs and sugar together until they increase in volume, then carefully fold through the flour so that you don't lose the air you've just whisked in.

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