Stone fruit sponge
60 minutes
Preparation time
40-45 minutes
Cooking time
10-12 servings


Stone fruit sponge

150 g butter
150 g (⅔ cup) caster sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla paste
150 g (1 cup) plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
600 g peaches (approximately 4) halved

Thyme syrup

220 g (1 cup) caster sugar
125 ml (½ cup) water
5 thyme sprigs

To serve

250 g mascarpone
20 ml honey
Thyme sprigs


Stone fruit sponge

1. Grease a 26cm springform tin and line the base and sides with baking paper. Pre-heat oven on Conventional at 180°C.
2. In bowl of a freestanding mixer with paddle attachment, combine butter, sugar and vanilla paste and mix until light and fluffy.
3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
4. Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon and fold into the creamed mixture. Spoon into the lined cake tin.
5. Cut each peach half into 4 slices. Arrange the peach slices on top of the sponge mix in a concentric circle.
6. Place the cake in the oven on shelf position 2 and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until golden in colour.

Thyme syrup

1. Place the sugar, water and thyme into a saucepan and cook on medium heat, Induction setting 6 until the sugar dissolves. Then simmer for 3-5 minutes and allow the syrup to cool.

To serve

1. Portion the cake, drizzle each slice with a tablespoon of syrup.
2. Gently fold the honey through the mascarpone and serve a dollop with each slice and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Alternative appliance method

Dialog oven:

  • Place the sponge on shelf level 2 in the dialog oven and start the automatic programme.
  • Alternatively preheat the Dialog oven on M Chef + Conventional heat at 160°C + GU: Medium Intensity + Crisp function ON. Cook for 43 minutes or until golden.

Speed oven:

  • Place the sponge on shelf level 1 in the speed oven and start the automatic programme.
  • Alternatively cook on Microwave 80W + Fan Plus at 160°C for 45-55 minutes, or until golden.

Hints and tips

• If Automatic Programmes are available, select Automatic Programmes + Cakes + Apple sponge.
• A variety of fruits such as nectarines, apricots, and apples can be used as an alternative to peaches.


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