NATIONAL CAKE WEEK

1 October 2018

National Cake Week was founded in 2011 by Yorkshire woman Lynn Hill who is a member of the Clandestine Cake Club to celebrate cakes and the whole concept of cutting a large cake into slices and sharing those with family and friends.

MOST POPULAR CAKES IN UK

  • Chocolate cake
  • Victoria Sponge
  • Lemon Drizzle Cake
  • Carrot Cake
  • Coffee Cake
  • Christmas Cake
  • Battenburg Cake
  • Madiera Cake

THE VICTORIA SPONGE

This famous yet simple cake takes it's very regal name from Queen Victoria as it was one of her Ladies in Waiting, Anna Duchess Of Bedford who came up with the whole concept of afternoon tea and having little pastries, cakes and sandwiches around 4pm. The Victoria Sponge is a very plain cake and was the first cake to grace the royal tea tray.

Let's make a Victoria Sponge!

Ingredients;

  • 200g unsalted butter softened
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 medium free range eggs
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 6 tbsp raspberry jam
  • 250ml double cream
  • Icing sugar to dust

Instructions;

  • Preheat the oven to 190c/Gas 5 and grease 2 x 20cm sandwich tins
  • Place the butter, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl and beat together until creamy and smooth.
  • Slowly beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • Fold in the flour.
  • Once fully mixed divide the cake batter into the prepared tins equally.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until risen and golden, test with a skewer, if it comes out clean the cake is baked.
  • Allow to cool in tins for 5 minutes then carefully remove on to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Spread the raspberry jam on one cake.
  • Whip the cream till it is firm and spread this on top of the jam.
  • Place the other cake on top to form a sandwich and sift the icing sugar on top.
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