Victoria Sponge: Prize Winning Recipe
The Victoria Sponge is a classic British baking recipe. This version came about after I signed up for a Food magazine and Tesco cake challenge. The challenge was to compete a homemade Victoria sponge against the Tesco ready-made sponge mix both on looks and taste. This is recipe I used for my entry into the Cake Challenge.
You can read my report on the challenge here:http://www.food-mag.co.uk/victoria-sponge-recipes-tesco-readymade-vs-homemade-which-is-best/
150ml Double Cream
Seeds from ½ Vanilla Pod
1 tbsp Icing Sugar
4 tbsp Jam (I used strawberry)
Strawberries (Hulled and Quartered)
280g Self Raising Flour (Sifted)
280g Golden Caster Sugar
5 Large free range eggs
Seeds from a Vanilla Pod.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C and line two 20cm/8inch cake tins.
- Cream the butter and sugar together. This will take longer than you think, with an electric hand whisk on medium speed it should take about 6-8 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time and beat them in to the mixture. Make sure each egg is fully incorporated into the batter before adding the next one.
- Split the vanilla pod, remove the seeds and mix them into the cake mix.
- Gently fold in the sifted flour, and then pour the batter evenly into the prepared tins.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. When ready a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake should come out clean.
- Remove cakes from the oven and let cool on the side for 5 minutes or so. Then remove from the tin and leave to cool on wire racks.
- Whilst the cakes are cooling, whisk together the double cream, icing sugar and vanilla seeds until soft peaks form. Set aside.
- Gently heat the jam in a saucepan before adding the strawberries. Stir to combine, then set aside.
Once the cakes are cool choose the “worst” looking one, and spread a layer of cream across the top leaving about a centimetre margin around the edge.
- Spread the strawberries across the whipped cream layer. Once you’ve got an even spread, place the “best” cake on top, creating your sandwich.
- Dust the top with icing sugar.