I'm a beginner at cake-making. In fact, I haven't made a 'big' cake since the compulsary cooking classes at school. But I am proud enough to show off my cake as it turned out well (and edible).
I used Delia's recipe for the sponge.
Sift 175g self-raising flour and add 1 rounded teaspoon of baking powder, 175g caster sugar, and 3 large eggs. Add 175g of butter (at room temperature) and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence.
Using an electric whisk, beat it all together for around 1 minute.
Divide the mixture between two tins and bake in a preheated oven at 170 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Don't open the oven until 30 minutes.