Probably one of the more classic British dessert recipes, and the first recipe I tried while here.
Victoria Sponge Cake
200 g unsalted butter(room temperature)
200 g caster sugar
4 free range eggs (beaten)
200 g self rising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp milk
Preheat oven to 190 C. Cream together sugar, and butter until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Add rest of the ingredients, beat until smooth. Divide evenly into separate pans. Bake for about 25 minutes or until cake bounces back when touched. Set aside and let cool.
History behind the Victorian Sponge Cake-
I’m a stress baker, I bake when stressed, and I bake when bored, and while having both emotions simultaneously, I was looking up recipes, somewhat aware that my go to recipes from home will not necessarily work in the UK. And rather than take a gamble on recipes and end up messing up the entire kitchen I decided to look up ‘traditional British dessert recipes’. Of course mince pies, and fruit cake, fairy bread all came up, and so did Victorian Sponge cake. Essentially it’s a sponge cake ( go figure) that is sliced in half or sandwiched, and in between is typically jam or fruit and whipped cream. Sometimes it’s the whipped cream is replaced with butter cream however. It is considered a ‘quintessential English tea time treat’, and rose to popularity during Queen Victoria’s reign (surprise surprise).
The cake can be iced with Ganche, butter cream, whipped cream, jam, fresh fruit, really anything it’s quite versatile, and nifty recipe to have up your sleeve.