Individual Apple Sponges

apple sponges photo

Photo by US Army Africa

Contributor’s Note: This is a British recipe with original measurements in brackets. This recipe works well for a large single sponge or for individual servings. Directions here are for individual servings, as children in particular love having their own little mini-sponge.


  • 4-6 cooking apples, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup (110 grams) caster sugar
  • ½ cup (110 grams) all-purpose/self-rising flour
  • ½ cup (110 grams) soft margarine
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs


Preheat oven to 325F degrees.

Put the slices of apple into a microwave bowl and cook for about 10 minutes until tender. Drain. Spoon the apple slices into ramekin (ovenproof) dishes until they are each about ¾ full. Leave to cool.

Meanwhile, mix the sugar, flour, margarine, baking powder and eggs all together until the mixture is smooth. Spoon a couple of tablespoons on top of the apples in each ramekin dish, covering the apples completely.

Put the dishes in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the sponge has risen and turned golden. Remove from the oven onto a cooking rack for a few minutes.

Serve warm in the ramekins on a plate with cream or ice cream.