Amazing Cakes #7: Victoria Sponge

I know I’ve published a blog post somewhere about a good old Vicky Sponge but I wanted to try out the Amazing Cakes’ version last Monday.

It was my day off work and I walked down to my local post office to post a few parcels of some hand crocheted and knitted baby blankets I sell. This walk took me twice as long as my local post office is 1 1/2 miles away and I was trying to walk the dog and carry parcels at the same time. On the way back my shopping bag contained some Stork and some fresh Longley Farm thick Jersey double cream. I kept thinking ooh that would go nicely in the middle of a Victoria sponge. We walked back and I sat eating some lunch quickly so I could get on with my jobs and then the all important baking!

In the Amazing Cakes book the quantities for butter/ margarine, caster sugar and flour are the same as they are in all Victoria sponge recipes. This version asked for 4 eggs but when I weighed them only 3 eggs weighed the total as the separate quantities of 200g. As I always weigh the eggs to match the weight of the other ingredients, I only used three eggs. This worked well and I also used the creaming method.

I had invested in some new 20cm or 8″ diameter cake tins a few weeks ago as my previous ones had got very scratched. They had been used a lot though and I worked out I had had them since about 2002! My new ones are Mary Berry endorsed ones from Lakeland and I can’t recommend them enough. I also treated myself to her traybake tin and square tin at the same time and they are fantastic. This was the first time I had got round to using the sandwich tins and I was impressed with the result.

Usually you think of Victoria Sponges as being filled with strawberry or raspberry jam but I thought I’d give mine a seasonal twist and used some gorgeous Bramble and Apple jam I buy when we go on holiday to the Isle of Arran. I know I’m always banging on about going to the Isle of Arran but that’s where we have been for our last two holidays (last October half term and this September) and there is a wonderful selection of food produce I buy each time we go there. The Bramble And Apple Jam being one of them made by Arran Fine Foods though they also make other wonderful preserves and chutneys.

When Mr S got in from work he said “More baking!” as I also managed to bake some Coconut Macaroons on the same afternoon. He didn’t complain when he got a piece of cake with his cup of tea before I started getting our dinner ready.

The remains of the Victoria Sponge got eaten throughout the rest of last week as on Wednesday night we found out we had to self isolate for two weeks.

Happy Baking!

Love Sam xx

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