Monday, September 1, 2008

Victoria Sponge Cake

I've read about the Victoria sponge in lots of books, but never got a chance to eat it. I was glad that Sweet and Simple Bakes chose the sponge as its challenge for us novice bakers this month. I loved it and so did the family. It was soft, moist and delicious.

Victoria Sponge Cake (recipe from Sweet and Simple Bakes)

For the Sponge:
6 oz Butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups Caster Sugar
3 Eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour + 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 t Salt

For the Buttercream:
3 oz Butter
6 oz Icing Sugar
2 drops Vanilla Essence

Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
Cream together 6 oz butter at room temperature and 1 1/4 cups caster sugar. The texture should be smooth and creamy.
Add the beaten eggs a little bit at a time and mix very well after each addition.
Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into another bowl.
Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture, folding it in carefully, to keep the mixture light and fluffy.

Pour into a large round cake tin or two smaller cake tins. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cake is golden.

If you made one large cake, cut it into half. I found the easiest way to do this is with a piece of string slid through the cake - knives just don't work since the cake will begin to crumble. Either way, let the cake completely cool before cutting.

Combine all the ingredients together and blend very well to make the buttercream. Spread one side of the cake with jam and the other with buttercream.



I spread half the cake with homemade plantain jam and the other half with blackberry preserve, and topped the jams with buttercream. Sandwich the two halves together. Mmm. Delicious.


Thanks, Rosie and Maria for another winner recipe!

35 comments:

Bharti said...

I love that cake. That was probably the first cake recipe I had ever attempted. The jam in it makes it so English and tasty!

Chawanmushi said...

Wow ...two kinds of jam in one cake! I like the idea :-)

Rosie said...

WOW what a lovely looking Victoria Sponge Cake -well done!!

Many thanks for partakng in this month's S%SB :)

Rosie x

Arundathi said...

Bharti - I loved it too. We couldn't wait for the tea! lol!

Chawanmushi - Yeah, it was great.

Rosie - Thanks so much! Can't wait for the next challenge!

natalia said...

Ciao ! your cake certainly looks yummy ! great photos as well !

SMN said...

That sooooooooo yummy can i have a piece

Rachel said...

I am craving for that right about now!!!!

Bellini Valli said...

A Victorian Sponge cake requires some baking skills.It is not an easy feat. You pulled it off beautifully Arundathi!!!!!

Ivy said...

Yours also looks great and I like those two different jams in it.

lilmizlynn said...

Yours looks great. Great coombination of 2 different jams. Well done!

Amu... said...

Great Looking Cake Arundathi...:-)

Thanks for dropping by my Blog and leaving your comments...very very encouraging....Thank you...

Arundathi said...

thank you everyone! it was so fantastic - i hope you all give it a shot!

Beth said...

Vic Sponge is def a favourite. Yours looks wonderful

Maria said...

Your cake looks great and love the sound of combining 2 jams.

Thanks for taking part and hope you will join us in next months bake!

Maria
x

Jude said...

Oooh wish I had time to join this event. Looks like fun to make and your filling sound great.
I'm sold on the plantains and blackberries.

Dragon said...

I wish that I had had this for lunch instead of the sandwich I had. :)

sowmya said...

wow..nice cake..addition of 2 kinds of jam must have imparted various flavours to the cake..wonderful!!

Arundathi said...

thanks!

The 2 jams were done only because my husband and I have very different jam preferences - and my daughter will eat anything with sugar in it! :) But it was a great idea!

Thanks Maria - can't wait for the next bake!

Priti said...

Wow...I just want to this only..WOW...

Nirmala said...

Lovely sponge ! I want a bite right now!

Srivalli said...

Anu..this is such a treat..it looks lovely. So during this time we get to see lovely cakes in display!

Purnima said...

Aru, this cake is sure victor-ious! Looks very delectable!

Priya said...

Plantain jam you say? I don't think I've ever heard of it,hmm...thinking about it, I've never heard of banana jam either! May be a post with the recipe in it ??

Kate / Kajal said...

sometimes, the most simplest of food is the tastiest of all. Victoria sponge is one such food. easy yet , the best !

Divya Vikram said...

looks pretty Anu.A simple yet rich cake!

Rei said...

Love the idea of using 2 jams!

Ranjani said...

That looks so moist and perfect! ooey goeey yumminess:)

Bhawana said...

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Mallika said...

Classic British sponge! I haven't baked one ages. But now wondering why not?

Jyothsna said...

I have to get baking now, I'm seeing too many cakes around!

sunshinemom said...

Looks very tasty and airy!

Anu, I just added your tomato rice and a few others I had missed! Sorry the lack of expertise showed:)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

What an appealing moist cake!

Arundathi said...

thanks everyone - do try it!

bhawana, thanks for the award!

priya, will do so soon!

Swati Raman Garg said...

you know something anu ... this pic was tgempting day in n day out on my reader... this looks heavenly.. and 2 jams haan... amazing ya...the day i have my oven .. i will get u here for some good classes

Arundathi said...

You've gotta get an oven, Swati - you could get the small toaster oven that i have - its so convenient!