We love baking in our house and when I saw ‘Children’s Book of Baking (Usborne Cookbooks)‘ sitting on the shelves of our local charity shop I simply had to buy it and got a little excited to try out some recipes. Since it’s Valentine’s we thought we make a Victoria sponge, well who doesn’t love cake?
Apron donned and hands washed let the cooking commence….
Here’s what you will need if you’d like to join in;
2 x 20cm cake tins
4 medium eggs
225 g softened butter
225g caster sugar
225g self raising flour
100g softened unsalted butter
225g icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
4 tablespoons of strawberry jam
Heat the oven to 180 degrees C / gas mark 4.
Wipe the insides of the tins with cooking oil. Place parchment paper in the bottom of each tin.
Break the eggs into a bowl and beat together with a fork.
Put the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat them until they are pale and fluffy. Add the eggs a little at a time and if the mixture curdles pop in a little bit of flour.
Sift the flour over the mixture and gently fold in with a metal spoon.
Divide the mixture equally between the tins.
Smooth the top (Emily and I find this really tricky).
Bake the cake in the oven for 25 minutes. Pop on some oven gloves and carefully remove the tins from the oven.
Press the cakes to check they are cooked.
Leave the cakes in the tins for five minutes to cool. Then run a knife around the edges and turn them out onto a wire rack.
For the filling
Put the jam in a bowl and beat it. Spread it over the top of the bottom cake.
Make the butter cream by mixing the icing sugar and butter together until they reach a delightful texture then spread that over the bottom of then top cake (we ignored this and tried to pop it on top of the jam but this didn’t leave a nice clean typical Victoria sponge white and red line but more of a gorgeous pink marriage).
Sandwich both cakes together and gently press together.
Scatter some caster sugar on top. We decorated our cake with strawberries but this is optional.
Total Time: 70 mins Taste: Fabulous (if we do say so ourselves).
Be our Valentine
Love from Sofa Stories x x