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asked November 5th 2012

How long does sponge cakes last

I have a dilemma. I am making the shoebox cake for Saturday and have to make the sponge today and ice tomorrow. Can anyone tell me which sponge lasts longest. I do not want to make a Madeira cake as I am not keen on the texture and find them a bit dry, also I do not have enough room in my freezer to make cakes in advance. Any suggestions please.

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Hi, in my experience chocolate cake lasts the longest (we were still eating my husband’s birthday cake two weeks after it was cut!) but if you want a vanilla cake try Jane Hornby’s vanilla wedding cake from the BBC Good Food website. Good luck!

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I second Doodlecake. I always make the Jane Hornby sponge when one is called for. Adding a simple syrup drench will also keep it moist and preserve too.

To make simple syrup drench, boil up equal quantities of sugar and water (and a vanilla pod for flavour if like) for a minute, cool and brush on each layer of the cake before filling.

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