Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Victoria Sponge Cake

Ingredients for 8 servings

1 tbsp icing sugar, for dusting
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
100ml (3 1/2fl oz) double cream
125g (4oz) strawberry jam
160g (5 1/2oz) caster sugar
160g (5 1/2oz) self-raising flour, sifted
160g (5 1/2oz) unsalted butter, softened

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to gas 3, 170°C, fan 150°C. Grease and line 2 x 8 inch (20cm) springform cake tins with nonstick baking paper.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, vanilla extract and sugar using an electric hand held whisk until light and fluffy. Add the lightly beaten egg a tablespoon at a time, beating well between additions, until fully incorporated. Carefully fold the flour in using a large metal spoon and spoon the batter evenly into the two prepared cake tins.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until springy to the touch and a cake tester comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cakes. Remove and allow the tins to cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes before turning out and peeling away the nonstick baking paper.

Whip the cream to soft peaks as the cakes cool, then spread the bottom half of the cake with the cream in an even layer. Spread the strawberry jam evenly and carefully on top of the cream. Sandwich the cake with the other half of the cake and transfer it carefully to a serving plate. Dust with the icing sugar and serve.
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