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Easy Ginger Fluff Sponge Cake

05/10/2022

Try this show-stopping ginger fluff sponge cake for your next celebration (or just because). It’s such an easy, no-fail two layer sponge cake, ready to impress with warming spices and a layer of whipped cream.

Two layer sponge cake on glass cake stand.

Why We Love This

We love the warming spices and super fluffy texture of ginger fluff sponge! It’s such a beautiful cake that looks super impressive yet is secretly very easy to make

All you need are easy pantry staples and 10 minutes to whip up the batter. 

We’ve included our best tips and tricks to make this no-fail sponge cake as easy as possible!

Related: Ginger Kisses Biscuits / Pain d’Epices Spice Cake

Close up of ginger fluff sponge cakes and cream.

What is Ginger Fluff Sponge? 

The ginger fluff recipe is a classic Australian sponge cake seasoned with ground ginger, cinnamon and cocoa powder.

It’s usually served as a two layer sponge cake sandwiched with whipped cream and decorated with a sprinkling of icing sugar, whipped cream or extra spices.

This retro baking recipe is a common feature at CWA (Country Women’s Association) competitions or agricultural shows, especially in rural Australia. Homemade or heirloom versions are often for sale at local markets or fairs alongside lamingtons, vanilla slice, jelly slice or chocolate coconut slice.

This recipe means a lot to Sarah’s Mum who would often cook it with her Mum. ❤️

What You’ll Need

For the sponge cake:

  • Eggs – It’s always a good idea with baking to use room temperature eggs. P.S. Did you know – cracking them against a flat surface is actually easier than against an edge, and you’re less likely to end up with eggshells in your batter.
  • Sugar – Use caster sugar / superfine sugar as it will dissolve quickly and easily into the egg whites.
  • Dry Ingredients – You’ll also need cornflour / cornstarch, all purpose flour, bicarb soda and cream of tartar. 
  • Spices / Flavour – Ground ginger, cinnamon, cocoa powder and golden syrup are key to the traditional flavour of ginger fluff. The listed quantity will give you a nice balanced flavour without being overpowering. Feel free to tweak for more intensity, or leave out a particular spice if you don’t like it. Always use warmed golden syrup as it’s much easier to mix through the batter than cold golden syrup!

For the whipped cream: 

  • Cream – Always use thickened cream / heavy cream. 
  • Vanilla Extract – More commonly known as vanilla essence in Australia. 
  • Icing Sugar / Confectioners Sugar – This adds a delicate sweetness and helps to thicken the cream. 

Decorating ideas:

  • Sprinkle with icing sugar (over the whole surface, or use a paper shape or paper doily to create interesting patterns)
  • Slather the top with any leftover whipped cream
  • Dust with more blended spices (ginger, cinnamon and cocoa powder) around the edges
  • Decorate with a layer of regular icing, chocolate icing or caramel sauce.
Ingredients laid out to make a ginger fluff sponge cake.

How to Make the Perfect Ginger Fluff

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 360°F (regular oven) or 160˚C / 320˚F (fan-forced oven).
  2. Sift the dry ingredients together in a small bowl: cornflour / cornstarchall purpose flourground gingercinnamoncocoa powderbicarb soda and cream of tartarTip: Sift the mixture 2-3 times for an ultra light cake finish!
  3. Beat egg whites in a large mixing bowl on high for around 1 minute until eggs turn white and foamy.

Full recipe with measurements in the recipe card below.

  1. Gradually pour in your caster sugar and continue beating on medium for another 2-4 minutes, until the sugar has completely dissolved and stiff peaks form. Now add the egg yolks and slowly beat on the lowest setting until incorporated.
  2. Using a metal spoon, lightly fold in the dry ingredient mixture into the beaten eggs until just blended. 
  3. Tip: Gently scrape the edges and bottom of the bowl to make sure all the spices are incorporated.
  1. Warm the golden syrup in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to loosen, then pour over the batter and lightly fold through. Be quick here, as it will harden again if left to sit for too long after warming.1 tbsp golden syrup
  2. Line the bottom of two 20 cm / 8 in baking tins (springform is best) with baking paper, and grease the sides (with oil or butter). Now evenly divide the cake batter into each tin. It should fill the tins to around a third / halfway up and will double in size in the oven!
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Tip: The cakes should rise to a dome shape and turn light brown. At around the 20 minute mark or a few minutes past, it will start to slightly pull back / slightly deflate, this is the point you should take it out. Don’t pierce it to test!
  4. Prepare a baking rack layered with 2-3 tea towels to stop the pattern pressing into the cakes. Turn out both cakes out onto the towels within 5 minutes of removing from the oven. Very carefully peel off the bottom baking paper and allow them to sit upside down for around 30 minutes until cool.
  5. Pour the thickened cream / heavy cream into a medium mixing bowl and add the icing sugar and vanilla essence. Beat on high for 3-5 minutes until the cream is starting to stiffen.
  6. Place one cake, bottom side up, on a plate or cake stand. Top with a generous layer of whipped cream. Gently place the second cake, bottom side down, on top and garnish as desired with a sprinkling of icing sugar, fruit etc.
Ginger fluff on a cake stand with cake server and plates.

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Mixing the Batter – It’s important to avoid overmixing when making sponge cakes. Keep your mixer on medium while beating the egg whites and sugar, and on low when incorporating the egg yolks. 
  • Spices – Scrape the bottom of the bowl as you fold in the spices to make sure there are no surprise clumps when pouring your batter into the cake tins. 
  • Preparing the Cake Tin – Placing circles of baking paper on the base of your tins will make it much easier to take the cake out once baked. Grease the tins first (or spray with cooking oil spray) to help the paper stay in place when pouring and to stop the cakes sticking to the sides.
  • Once Baked – As soon as you take the cakes out of the oven, carefully run a knife around the edges to loosen the cakes away from the tins. 
  • Cooling the Cakes – Turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack lined with 2-3 layers of tea-towel. This way the surfaces will be neat and won’t take on the lines from your cooling rack.
  • Storage – Ginger fluff is best served on the day but is fine for 2-4 days in the fridge. Keep in an airtight container to stop the sponge and cream taking on flavours or aromas from the fridge. 

FAQs

Do I have to bake two cakes? Can’t I just cut one in half?

This recipe will give you enough batter to bake two cakes, which is the traditional way to make ginger fluff. It’s much easier to layer two complete cakes rather than trying to slice one in half, as the texture is so delicate. It would be very hard to slice one in half without it collapsing.

What’s the best size / type of baking tin to use?

We recommend using two 20 cm / 8 in baking tins, ideally springform if you have them, but if all you have are regular tins that’s fine. Grease them first (or spray with cooking oil spray), then line the bases with baking paper to make it extra easy to take them out of the tins once baked. 

Avoid glass baking dishes for this recipe as it will mess with the cooking time.

Can I freeze it?

Yes, you can freeze almost any kind of sponge cake as either a separate cake (without the cream layer in the middle) or in slices. Allow it to fully cool first, then store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw it in the fridge the day before you plan to serve it. Assemble and decorate on the day.

Variations

  • Spice the Cream – Add ½ tsp each of the ground ginger, cinnamon and cocoa powder as you whip the cream to spice it up even further.
A slice of ginger fluff sponge cake being taken out, ready to be served on a plate.

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Double layer ginger fluff with whipped cream middle layer.

Easy Ginger Fluff Sponge Cake

Try this show-stopping ginger fluff sponge cake for your next celebration (or just because). It’s such an easy, no-fail two layer sponge cake, ready to impress with warming spices and a layer of whipped cream.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 8 Slices
Calories: 290kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $8

Equipment

  • 1 Hand beater (Try to avoid a KitchenAid, as it can overwhip – or beat on a lower setting)

Ingredients

Dry ingredient mixture:

For the rest of the sponge:

For the whipped cream:

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / 360°F (regular oven) or 160˚C / 320˚F (fan-forced oven).

Prepare the dry ingredient mixture:

  • Sift the dry ingredients together in a small bowl: cornflour / cornstarch, all purpose flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cocoa powder, bicarb soda and cream of tartar. Tip: Sift the mixture 2-3 times for an ultra light cake finish!
    ½ cup cornstarch / cornflour, 2 tbsp plain flour / all purpose flour, 2 tsp ground ginger, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 ½ tsp cocoa powder, ½ tsp bicarb soda, ½ tsp cream of tartar

Prepare the sponge cake:

  • Beat egg whites in a large mixing bowl on high for around 1 minute until eggs turn white and foamy.
    4 eggs
  • Gradually pour in your caster sugar and continue beating on medium for another 2-4 minutes, until the sugar has completely dissolved and stiff peaks form.
    ¾ cup caster sugar / superfine sugar
  • Now add the egg yolks and slowly beat on the lowest setting until incorporated.
    4 eggs
  • Using a metal spoon, lightly fold in the dry ingredient mixture into the beaten eggs until just blended. Tip: Gently scrape the edges and bottom of the bowl to make sure all the spices are incorporated.
  • Warm the golden syrup in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to loosen, then pour over the batter and lightly fold through. Be quick here, as it will harden again if left to sit for too long after warming.
    1 tbsp golden syrup
  • Line the bottom of two 20 cm / 8 in baking tins (springform is best) with baking paper, and grease the sides (with oil or butter). Now evenly divide the cake batter into each tin. It should fill the tins to around a third / halfway up and will double in size in the oven!
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Tip: The cakes should rise to a dome shape and turn light brown. At around the 20 minute mark or a few minutes past, it will start to slightly pull back / slightly deflate, this is the point you should take it out. Don't pierce it to test!
  • Prepare a baking rack layered with 2-3 tea towels to stop the pattern pressing into the cakes. Turn out both cakes out onto the towels within 5 minutes of removing from the oven. Very carefully peel off the bottom baking paper and allow them to sit upside down for around 30 minutes until cool.

Whip the cream:

  • Pour the thickened cream / heavy cream into a medium mixing bowl and add the icing sugar and vanilla essence. Beat on high for 3-5 minutes until the cream is starting to stiffen.
    300 g thickened cream / heavy cream, 2 tbsp icing sugar / powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla essence

Assembling the cake:

  • Place one cake, bottom side up, on a plate or cake stand. Top with a generous layer of whipped cream. Gently place the second cake, bottom side down, on top and garnish as desired with a sprinkling of icing sugar, fruit etc.

Video

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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Ginger Fluff Sponge Cake
Amount per Serving
Calories
290
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
16
g
25
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Trans Fat
 
0.01
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
124
mg
41
%
Sodium
 
111
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
112
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
34
g
11
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
24
g
27
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Vitamin A
 
672
IU
13
%
Vitamin C
 
0.2
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
44
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Easy Ginger Fluff Sponge Cake

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