Monday, 27 October 2014

A classic queen's sponge

A victoria sponge is a classic and has become a birthday tradition in our house. However, I thought a half birthday counted as, why wait a year for such a nice cake. I usually use a different recipe but in the spirit of working through the British Bake Off cook book I thought I would try a new one. Their recipe used whipped cream and real strawberries so I changed this and went for my traditional filling of butter cream and strawberry jam.

180g unsalted butter
180g caster sugar
3 eggs
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
180g self raising flour
1 tbsp warn tap water

Butter icing:
250g icing sugar
80g softened butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Strawberry jam

1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Beat the butter in a bowl / electric mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in the sugar one tbsp at a time. 
2. Beta the eggs and vanilla with a fork and gradually add to the butter mixture. 
3. Sift the flour into the mixture and fold in with a spoon. Add the warm water and continue to fold in. 
4. Split the mixture into two tins by spreading evenly and bake for 20-25minutes. 
5. leave to cool for a minute them put on a wire rack out of its tin. 
6. The butter icing - mix the butter, vanilla and icing sugar until it has formed a paste. Spread onto one half of the sponge with a palette knife. Spread the other half with jam. Put the jam half on top of the icing half and voila. 

Now to put the kettle on...

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