Baked Marmalade Sponge


Baked Marmalade Sponge

Meal Plan 1 for a week for 2 people

Have this baked sponge any time during the week when you need the calories. Would be lovely as a Sunday tea, or maybe after Sunday lunch for a real blowout. If you are following the planner in full, then you can afford the blow out and still spend only £1 a day

Variations of a Baked Marmalade Sponge

Any jam of course can be used in the base. Or you could put the base and sponge mix in a 2 pint pudding basin and steam it for a couple of hours to make a steamed pudding.  Put a lid on the basin or tightly tie on a couple of layers of greaseproof paper.  Steam it in a slow cooker for fuel efficiency

Or you could microwave it for 6 minutes in the baking dish.

Needless to say, custard would be lovely with this, or cream or ice cream

You could replace a large, heaped tblsp of flour with sieved cocoa for a chocolatey version, or how about a coffee one, using 2 tsps instant coffee dissolved in the tiniest amount of water. Or even both for a choca mocha! For a total sugar rush, serve with chocolate sauce and chocolate ice cream

About 30g of dried fruit stirred through would work well, or 20g dates and 10g walnuts

You get the idea….. try some stuff and see if you like it, not for the slimmers though, should just be an occasional treat

This is from Meal Plan 1, a complete 7 day plan for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks, all recipes and a shopping list

Baked Marmalade Sponge

Light sponge with a jammy base - a classic for a reason!
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
budget meals
cheap family recipes
dairy free by Olguioo from the Noun Project
Dairy Free
Vegetarian by Philipp Petzka from the Noun Project
Servings: 4
Cost per portion 13p
Calories: 557kcal
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  • 1 egg beaten
  • 100 g self raising flour sieved
  • 100 g sugar
  • 100 ml veg oil
  • 200 g marmalade


  • Put the vegetable oil and sugar in a bowl and mix it about a bit. Add
    the beaten egg, bit by bit, beating well between each addition to get a
    bit of air in the mixture. If you can, beat it until light and fluffy.
  • Carefully fold in the sieved flour.
  • Put the marmalade in a small baking dish and top with the sponge mixture. Bake at 150 fan/180 non-fan for about 45 minutes until golden on top.
    I use this dish, which measures 8”/20cm x 5.5”/14cm on the inside useable part, and has a capacity of 800ml
    baking dish
  • Click here to start a 45 minute timer


Nutrition Facts
Baked Marmalade Sponge
Amount Per Serving
Calories 557 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 32mg1%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 78g26%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 49g54%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 59IU1%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Lesley

    Sounds like you’re having a good time experimenting Christopher. Baked stuff and puddings are almost always hugely cheaper than the bought ones. Black cherry sounds wonderful!

  2. Christopher

    Absolutely fantastic recipe! This definitely satisfied my sweet tooth and at the fraction of the cost of the puddings I would usually get in the shops!
    Also works incredibly well with Black Cherry jam if you want to mix it up a bit. Thank you Lesley! 😀

  3. Lesley

    Thankyou Douglas, a useful tip, and it is bound to taste nicer too

  4. Douglas

    Just wanted to suggest if you have sugar left over from previous meal plans you can make the marmalade yourself really easily for the price of an orange. I followed this recipe - but there are plenty of others.


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