Recipe: Victoria sponge cake

Victoria sponge cake takes me back to my childhood. When it was half term, we’d bake sponge cake – not all that successfully – and I loved it. Here’s a recipe for a successfully baked, truly delicious Victoria sponge.

Victoria sponge cake

Ingredients:

4 eggs
8 oz of plain flour
8 oz of caster sugar
8 oz of softened butter
2 heaped teaspoons of baking powder

Firstly, preheat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade. Next, grease two 20 cm sponge tins. Draw around a tin on a folded sheet of grease proof paper, and cut around the circle to create two circles of grease proof paper.

Sponge cake via A Life Less Physical

Sponge cake via A Life Less Physical

Sponge cake via A Life Less Physical

Line the bottom of each tin.

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Put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat together with an electric whisk until you have a light and fluffy batter with a dropping consistency.

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Split the mixture equally between the two tins and bake for 25 minutes on the middle shelf of the preheated oven.

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Sponge cake via A Life Less Physical

Remove from the oven when the cake is golden brown and comes away easily from the side of the tin.

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Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Then turn the cakes out on to a cooling rack and peel away the grease proof paper, then leave to stand until cool to room temperature.

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Now, if these pictures confuse you it’s because we made a half recipe so we put butter cream icing on one half of the cake and jam on the other. For a full cake (which is what this recipe is for) you should put butter cream icing across one cake and jam across the other.

Ingredients for butter cream icing

4 oz of soft butter
8 oz of icing sugar
1 tablespoon of milk

Ensure the butter is soft and start to beat it. Next, mix in the icing sugar and milk and beat until light and pale.

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Carefully place one cake on top of the other, gently pushing together the jam and butter cream icing. Then sprinkle a touch of icing sugar through a sieve on to the top of the cake.

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Serve with a cup of tea if you know what’s good for you. Mmmm!

Sponge cake via A Life Less Physical

Sponge cake via A Life Less Physical