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Victoria sponge cake

The Victoria sponge was name after Queen Victoria, who enjoyed a slice of cake with her afternoon tea. It is still one of the most popular cakes in the UK. The traditional version consists of two sponges, layered with whipped cream and raspberry or strawberry preserve. If you top it up with some seasonal fruit and serve with a glass of champagne instead of a cup of tea, it truly becomes a royal dessert. You can increase the number of sponges (I made four) to make it even more queenly. Multi-storey Victoria sponge is a frequent guest at British weddings.

Recipe: Summer Victoria Sponge Cake

Ingredients
  • 400 g flour
  • 200 g sugar
  • 8 eggs
  • 400 g soft butter
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp milk
Method
  • You will need two baking tins: 20cm and 18cm.
  • Obviously, if you happen to have four tin, that's even better.
  • Preheat the oven to 190C.
  • Line both tins with parchment paper.
  • Mix half of the ingredients to makea soft, smooth batter.
  • Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spoon.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  • Having removed the sponges from the tins, repeat everything.
  • You should end up with two larger and two smaller sponges.
  • Arrange the sponges on top of each other, adding layers of whipped cream and strawberry preserve in-between.
  • Top with seasonal fruit.

summer fruit tart

Recipe: Crust

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 125 g of butter
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 tbsp. of white wine vinegar
  • a pinch of salt
Method
  • Combine flour and salt in a large ball. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives - the mixture should resemble coarse crumbs.
  • Add whisked egg and vinegar. Form dough, shape into ball, wrap in cling film. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Roll the dough into a circle and set it on a pie plate. Bake the crust (with baking beans) for about 25 minutes at 180C. Set aside and let cool.

Recipe: Creme patissiere:

Ingredients
  • 5 egg yolks
  • a cup of fine sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 tbsp. of corn starch
  • one vanilla pod
Method
  • Using electric mixer, combine yolks and sugar until light and fluffy. And corn starch and combine.
  • Heat the milk with a vanilla pod. As soon as it starts to boil, pour the milk onto the egg mixture, whisking continuously
  • Transfer to a skillet and cook over low heat until the cream thickens. Set aside and let cool.

Recipe: Summer fruit tart

Method