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Foolproof Victoria Sponge

This is a light sponge that is impossible (E&EO) to get too wrong. Use it as a birthday cake, sit in your underwear and gorge on it, feed it to your cats. I don't care, I'm not your mum. Some variants are listed at the end.

Ingredients

Weights for some ingredients are not listed here, check the Instructions

For the cake:

For the decoration:

Equipment

Instructions

For the cake:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F
  2. Either line the tin with parchment paper or to save having to do complex geometry get a little butter on your fingers, grease the tin, drop in a spoonful of flour and shake it around until the inside if covered. Tip out and discard any loose flour.
  3. Weigh the eggs and set aside.
  4. Weigh out the same amount of butter, sugar, and flour as the eggs.
  5. In the mixing bowl beat the butter until it is smooth and creamy
  6. Into the butter beat the sugar
  7. Add the eggs one at a time, beating into the creamed sugar. You can use the electric hand whisk on a slow setting to work the eggs into the mix.
  8. Sift the flour and beat into the mixture one spoonful at a time making sure there are no lumps.
  9. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  10. Check the consistency of the cake mix, it should drop smoothly off a spoon. If it looks a little too thick add some milk to loosen to mixture.
  11. Spoon the mixture into the tin. Allow to settle and bang the bottom of the tin on the work surface to knock out any bubbles.
  12. Bake for 25-30 minutes until either the top of the cake springs back when pushed gently or a skewer/knife comes out clean.
  13. Tip out onto the wire rack to cool.

Decoration:

  1. Beat the icing sugar into the butter to make a buttercream
  2. When the sponge has cooled down sit it on its side and cut it half with a bread knife. If you try this when it's warm it'll break apart.
  3. On the bottom half spoon on the strawberry jam and spread with a knife until it is even.
  4. On the top half spoon on the buttercream and spread until even.
  5. Gently flip the top half and reassemble the cake. Push it down a little to glue the halves together
  6. Sift some icing sugar over the top.
  7. Serve with tea.

Variants

The sponge is nice but it's made even better with a few adjustments, skip the decoration listed in the main recipe.