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September 27, 2012

Top 8 Sponge Cakes from AWW Australia’s Sponge Cake Queen Promotion

Filed under: Cakes & Cupcakes,Miscellaneous & TV Shows — SeaDragon @ 9:00 pm

AWW Australia's Sponge Cake Queen Promotion 2012

Photo courtesy of The Australian Women’s Weekly.



On the Today show this morning on Channel 9, there was a segment about the inaugural national sponge cake bake-off competition from The Australian Women’s Weekly (AWW) magazine which is sponsored by Queen Fine Foods. I have not heard of it until I caught that segment of the show! Apparently, since earlier this year, AWW has been looking for the country’s best sponge cakes and the finalists are being featured in the October issue of the magazine. LOL, I might have to buy my first ever copy of the magazine now just for that feature…
I did a quick search online and to my surprise, the recipes from the winner and the other 7 finalists are already published online! Therefore if you want a collection of the best 8 sponge cakes from Australia’s Sponge Cake Queens or King, here they are:

Note: All photos courtesy of The Australian Women’s Weekly.

Natalie Dick's sponge cake

Natalie Dick’s sponge cake


Sponge Cake Queen winner Natalie Dick’s recipe (South Australia)

Noel Button's sponge cake

Noel Button’s sponge cake


Sponge Cake King runner-up Noel Button’s recipe (Tasmania)

Sponge Cake Queen finalist Annette Carse’s recipe (ACT)

Sponge Cake Queen finalist Heather Dingle’s recipe (Northern Territory)

Sponge Cake Queen finalist Tina Hannan’s recipe (Queensland)

Sponge Cake Queen finalist Janet Little’s recipe (NSW)

Sponge Cake Queen finalist Ella Manuel’s recipe (Western Australia)

Sponge Cake Queen finalist Dawn Volz’s recipe (Victoria)

After reading through the recipes, I was intrigued by some of the specific cornflour brands which I have never heard of, like the Nurse’s Corn Flour and Fields Corn Flour. So I googled them and guess what, these e-cookbooks appeared as two of the search results, a pdf copy of The Nurse’s Corn Flour Recipe Book from 1936 with 60 recipes from that era, and also a pdf copy of Fielder’s Cornflour Recipe Book!
Speaking of recipes, especially old recipes, I was doing a bit of research for my next baking project when I also stumbled across a pdf copy of McAlpin’s Test Kitchen Recipes with 176 old recipes from maybe at least half a century ago. Fascinating reading!

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8 Comments »

  1. Look at those sponge cakes! Looks amazing!!

    Comment by Christian Rene Friborg — November 26, 2012 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  2. Love this ‘Top 8′ list!

    Comment by Bob Thomas — December 13, 2012 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

  3. Looks great i am going to make this one :)

    Comment by jaklinataa — February 8, 2013 @ 11:00 pm | Reply

  4. What a suprise Noel, we went to the same high school, veronica Fletcher, now a hospitality trainer in Qld

    Comment by Veronica (Bonnie) — May 29, 2013 @ 9:23 am | Reply

  5. Cool nothing like the good old days!

    Comment by Cianna — September 23, 2013 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  6. A big Waowww from Mauritius! They look great!

    Comment by Emma — October 30, 2013 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

  7. Oh!So delicous.I’m very hungry NOW.

    Comment by Mark — December 7, 2013 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

  8. Oh! the cake so delicous.I’m very hungry NOW.

    Comment by Mark — December 7, 2013 @ 12:44 pm | Reply


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