Monday, April 16, 2012

You'll Want to Bake this Cake

Let's pretend like there was no report released earlier this month labeling all sugar as toxic and just appreciate the tastiness that is a Victoria Sandwich. If you've never had one or were afraid to try and bake one, I found a super simple recipe that you just have to try.
This recipe comes from Doves Farm.

Basic Sponge Cake Recipe

100 g/ 4 oz Softened butter
2 Eggs
100g/4oz Caster Sugar
100g/4oz Self Raising Flour
2 drops Vanilla Essence
1 tbsp Water

  • Pre-heat oven to 180° C/Fan 160° C/ 350° F/ Gas 4
  • Rub a little oil around two round 18cm/7" or a rectangular 18x25cm/ 7x10" baking tin.
  • Beat all ingredients together in a mixing bowl or blender.
  • Turn mixture into the baking tins.
  • Bake for 15/25 minutes depending on size.
  • Cakes will be golden and springy to the touch when cooked. 
  • Turn out cake onto a wire rack to cool. 

So this is where I'm going to confess - I didn't read the recipe all the way through and just ended up doing my own tiny thing. I whipped up some whipping cream.

Whipping Cream

1 cup Whipping Cream
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla

Mix the whipping cream, sugar and vanilla together until the cream stiffens to a nice fluffy consistency. I sliced the sponge cake in half, spread my favorite apricot jam across the bottom layer, stacked on the whipping cream, put the top of the sponge cake on and then dusted it with Icing sugar/Powdered sugar.

A great way to finish off our Sunday afternoon. Hope your weekend treats were just as tasty! 


  1. This look delicious!!

  2. oh my word. That looks so delicious. The addition of the jam + whipped cream makes it sound divine. I haven't made or eaten sponge in a while, so this is making my mouth water! What do you think of substituting the cream with some custard? decadent?

  3. I think the custard could be a great different flavor for it! Since it'd be heavier I'd only stack on about half the amount of custard to what I have pictured with the cream. A lemon custard would be even more fabulous. No jam necessary with that!

  4. looks great! I'm a huge sucker for the cake/whipped cream combo

  5. Give me this cake ! Pleaaaseeee ! *_____* Yummy ! Kiss x

  6. OMG looks so decadent. Maybe I'll try this one day!! Great pictures of yummy goodness!
    dela chic

  7. *drool, drool* I hate the control this sponge cake has on me right now. I typically don't like sweets, but maybe it's that time of the month, but DAYUM, I want that in my belly too!

    OMG, I just want to eat my screen! LOL Thanks for drawing me to the dark side, Rach! LOL

  8. OH MY WORD, ok, what is Vanilla Essence? so does the recipe not originally call for the whip cream or something? I guess I can just click on it and find out :o

    man, so making this, thank you rachel!!! boom boom pow

  9. See, I think this is an American thing - I had no idea what Vanilla Essence was either. They had so many different forms of vanilla stuff in the store too. I chose to use Vanilla extract. I figured the beans themselves, or the paste would mess with the amount of liquid in the baking process even though it's such a small amount. They definitely did not do the whipped cream. Honestly, for some reason, I'd thought they had done the whipped cream. It wasn't till I went to type this blog post up because of how tasty it'd turned out, that I noticed they hadn't. Weird right? lol. I've never had anything like that happen before but I'm so glad it did. This was so ridiculously tasty.

  10. I have recently been some sort of bizarro sugar addict and I hate that for myself. However, at the same time I haven't been loving any of the "treats" that I've been getting at the store. They're fine, just not all YUM! I decided if I'm going to poison myself with sugar I'd better make it count. This totally made it worth it.

  11. Thanks. Honestly, I owe my camera an apology. I hadn't planned to do this post. Taking these pictures was a completely spontaneous decision because of how good it was. My hands were still covered in icing sugar and everything lol. My poor camera. I hope you like it if you try it!

  12. I know it's super simple but I'm in love with it. I want to try making a coconut version and see if I can replace the whipped cream with some sort of coconut milk or creamed coconut concoction instead.

  13. If you ever visit I'll be happy to! hehehe

  14. You're right, this did make me want to bake a cake; however, I settled for store-bought cookies instead because I am lazy.