Baking is something I've got into recently and I'm really enjoying it. I even did 2 weeks of work experience in one of Londons most famous bakeries. I love that you can start with nothing much and end up with an amazing cake. There's much argument in our house about what is the best Victoria sponge cake recipe, so I decided to merge a few together to find the easiest, quickest recipe i can! The majority of the recipe is from the Primrose Bakery recipe book, but parts of it are also from other places. Enjoy...
210g self raising flour
225g granulated sugar
1tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla extract
225g unsalted butter
3tbsp semi skimmed milk
2-3 tbsp jam
2tbsp double cream
2x sandwich cake tins
Bowl (mines from waitrose - isn't it pretty!)
Add the flour, sugar and baking powder into the bowl and mix well.
Add the eggs, butter, milk and vanilla essence.
Mix until well combined (it's important not to over mix as the cake won't be as light)
Split evenly into two tins - you may have to weigh them to ensure they're equal.
Pop them in the oven at 180 degrees for 25 minutes but keep an eye on them, mine were ready after 20 minutes. Leave to cool in tins for at least 10 minutes
Next, empty them out of their tins and carefully cut off the top of one of them so you have a flat surface.
Grab the double cream, a bowl and a whisk and give it a few seconds of whisking then spread it on top of your first cake.
Now spread the other cake with a thin layer of strawberry jam. And when I say thin, I mean thin! It's really tempting to put lots of jam on but just putting 2-3 tablespoons on means that the cake has a really nice balance to it.
This is the tricky part! Turn the jam covered cake upside down and carefully place it on top of the cream cake and dust with icing sugar.
I'd love to know if you make this cake or something similar! Are you into baking or is it something you've never really tried?