Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Easy Victoria Birthday Sponge Cake

I wrote a post a while ago to do with my LO birthday and mentioned that I had actually made the cake. Well I thought I would just share how easy it is to quickly make it. You can spread it out over a couple of days doing it step by step or you can be very patient and do it all in one day :) .
I made my cake in the shape of a number 1 using a cake tin shaped 1 from Amazon, only cost me about £2.00, and it was really good, the cake didn’t stick and popped out easily.
So first off Ingrediants;
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup of butter/marge
1 cup of self raising flour
1/4 cup milk
1 cup of caster sugar
tsp of vanilla extract
For the filling;
Strawberry seedless jam
Double cream
*Marmalade to cover the sponge if you’re going to lay icing.
Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl. In a large bowl sift flour and mix with sugar, then add butter/marge, then eggs till a creamy texture, add the milk and vanilla extract.
Set you’re oven to 180 Degrees
Grease you’re cake tin/s. Pour mixture in to cake tin/s decided, and bake till a golden brown and springy to touch, roughly 20-25 minutes.
Once baked leave to cool in their tins until cold. (Don’t go getting excited to quickly as the sponge will crack and crumble.
Whilst sponges are cooling, whisk the double cream either by hand (which takes  a fair amount of time, but rest assured you will get there!) or with a handy electric whisk. Whisk until the cream becomes very thick.
Now once the sponges are cold, (not luke warm I mean COLD!) grab a spatula or knife and just go round the edges of the tin. This makes it easier for the sponges to pop out nicely. Pick what you want you’re cake to be placed on, so you can store it easy etc, and turn you’re first sponge on to the plate/cake board. Making sure it’s 100% cold, spread the jam thickly over. Smooth with a knife so there’s not lumps or bumps. Then pour evenly you’re whipped cream, and again smooth over. Pop out you’re left over sponge from the other tin and gently place on top. With a knife smooth around the edges to take of the extra jam and cream so it doesn’t look messy.
Vala! It’s as easy as that!!
If you’re planning on adding icing on top, cover the sponge in marmalade before placing icing over. It helps it to stick and not slide. Some people use butter cream but I used Marmalade so choose as you wish :) .
I bought a rice paper Minnie Mouse face to place on my cake and some pink polka dot butterflies. So simple to get creative and not have to waste so much money on cake bakers ;) .

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