Ginger & White's easy recipe for Mini Gooseberry & Elderflower Sponges

Published Wednesday, Sep 3 2014, 17:20 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Ginger & White is one of London's coolest cafes and one of the things we love about its team is they take classic British foodie treats and give them a twist - as in the case of these so-cute mini sponge cakes.

As they write in their new cookbook: 'A world away from the common or garden granny sponge, this is cool baking, Ginger & White style.

'We've swapped traditional strawberry jam for the zingy taste of gooseberry and elderflower, and we've shrunk the cakes because we believe good things come in the smallest packages.'

Mini gooseberry and elderflower sponges

© Mitchell Beazley

We totally agree. If you're inspired by the Great British Bake Off why not have a go at these?


  • Sunflower oil, for greasing
  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 4 tablespoons elderflower cordial
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1–2 tablespoons milk (optional)
  • 250g gooseberry jam
  • Caster sugar, for dusting
  • For the icing:
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 185g icing sugar
  • 40g cream cheese


1 Preheat the oven to 200.C/fan 180.C/gas mark 6 and place a shelf in the centre of it. Grease the 12 holes of a muffin tin.

2 Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add the elderflower cordial.

3 Sift in the flour and gently fold together using a large metal spoon. The mixture should drop off the end of the spoon when tapped; if it doesn’t,
add enough of the milk until it does.

4 Spoon 2 tablespoons of the mixture into each hole of the prepared muffin tin. Bake for 10–15 minutes, until springy to the touch.

5 Meanwhile, make the icing. Beat the butter until pale and fluffy. Sift in the icing sugar and beat again until smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula to make sure the mixture is thoroughly combined.

6 Finally, fold in the cream cheese – don’t overbeat the icing at this stage or it might become too soft.

7 Allow the cakes to cool in the trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and leave until completely cold.

8 To serve, cut each cake in half horizontally. Spread the icing on the bottom half and gooseberry jam on the top.

Nutrition Information

Makes 12

Recipe taken from The Ginger and White Cookbook
the ginger & white cookbook cover

© Mitchell Beazley

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