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unfilled sponge slab

We hope to construct a traditional Australian cake for friends when we visit the Harrogate area in May. Trouble is we need a plain unfilled sponge slab as the starting point. A prefilled sponge with jam and cream won't work. We can buy an unfilled slab in our supermarkets in Australia but need to know if we can in Yorkshire. And if not in a supermarket, would we be able to buy one in any bakeries. All help would be appreciated.

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1. Re: unfilled sponge slab

Madeira cake would be your best bet but it is loaf shaped rather than a slab. Not much call here for slabs of sponge cake that would be considered rather uninteresting to eat.

Making one yourself might be easiest if you have access to an oven. You can buy sponge cake mixes that would save you buying lots of ingredients.

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2. Re: unfilled sponge slab

Yes you should be able to get hold of a Madeira sponge slab cake that might be suitable . You will find them in the cake aisle of any of our larger supermarkets, quality can vary though as they will be mass produced.Or there are large round flat sponges used for Dessert flan basesthat are available and they might suit the purpose?

In Harrogate you will be well blessed with some top notch 'cakeries' I am sure that if you popped into one and told them what you wanted they would be able to oblige with a plain sponge given a couple of days notice.

Sounds delicious

Aussie and cake in the same sentence , can't be anything bad there!

Enjoy and god luck

Edited: 13 March 2012, 09:13
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3. Re: unfilled sponge slab

I can guess what they're making and a madiera cake wouldn't be right :-)

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4. Re: unfilled sponge slab

Most supermarkets sell packs of trifle sponges, rather uninteresting and plain; approx 3" x 2". Could they be fitted together for your cake?

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5. Re: unfilled sponge slab

Betty's the famous bakery and tea room may oblige you with a special order?

Worth a try , www.bettys.co.uk it won't be cheap, but I'm sure they would help if they can.

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6. Re: unfilled sponge slab

try Fodder on the outskirts of Harrogate

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7. Re: unfilled sponge slab

Wouldn´t advise trifle sponges. They are very dry until well soaked with sherry!! I also thought of asking Betty´s if they could oblige. There is a Waitrose not far from the station in Harrogate. They or Sainsbury´s (more on the outskirts) might have something , though I doubt it

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8. Re: unfilled sponge slab

Are you staying at a hotel? Ask them if the kitchen could make you one? Or google Special Occasions on Kings Road.

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9. Re: unfilled sponge slab

Are you making Lamingtons??

A nice 'soft' sponge is needed for that, folks!

Ask a good bakery - they might even make them for you!

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