Sponge fingers recipe

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This simple sponge fingers recipe is great as the biscuits last for weeks and make a tasty treat to have with a cup of tea

  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories24 Kcal1%
Sugar2.5 g3%
Fat0.4 g1%
Saturated Fat0.1 g1%
Salt0.03 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein0.8 g2%
Carbohydrates4.3 g2%
Salt0.03 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Sponge fingers are also known as ‘lady fingers’ but whichever you know them as, you may be more used to seeing them at the bottom of the trifle. In Italy, these sweet long sponges are known as ‘savoiarde’ and are served as a common accompaniment to coffee. They are so simple to make and can be kept in an airtight container for weeks or even frozen with sheets of parchment in between to prevent them sticking together. Taking next to no time to defrost, they're perfect for any unexpected guests who turn up wanting a quick cup of tea and something sweet to eat.


  • 4 eggs, separated yokes and whites
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 120g plain flour, sieved




  1. Preheat oven to 190C/380F/Gas mark 5. Line 3 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks with half of the sugar and the vanilla. Beat until very light coloured.
  3. Beat the egg whites to soft peaks. While beating, add the salt and the remaining sugar until combined. Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the egg yolk mixture.
  4. Add the flour into the egg mixture and fold in.
  5. Fill a piping bag with half of the mixture and pipe 3inch fingers, 2inches apart, in rows on the baking parchment. Bake for 15mins until golden and dust with icing sugar before serving.
Top Tip for making Sponge fingers

If you don’t have a piping bag, simply use a large sandwich bag and snip a hole in one of the corners.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies