Saturday, 4 September 2010

Victoria Sandwich - and some of its twists


Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Effort: minimal
Makes: 1 cake

Ingredients:
6oz self raising flour
6 oz caster sugar
6 oz margarine
3 eggs
Jam
Icing sugar

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180C / 356F / GM4.
  2. Line two 7" round, shallow cake tins with baking paper.
  3. Put flour, sugar, margarine and eggs into a mixer and beat until just mixed together - don't overbeat! The mixture should be creamy looking and there should be few lumps of flour. Once it reaches this stage do not beat any further or the air which helps it rise will be lost.
  4. Tip into the tins and bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden brown, you can put a skewer in it and it comes out clean, you can touch the top and it springs back or the edges start to shrink away from the sides.
  5. Cool on a wire rack
  6. Place one cake on a plate. Spread jam over.
  7. Place the other cake layer on top of the jam and sprinkle with icing sugar using a sieve.
Note: If you have no mixer use the following method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180C / 356F / GM4.
  2. Line two 7" round, shallow cake tins with baking paper.
  3. Put margarine and sugar into a bowl. Beat with a wooden spoon until thoroughly mixed together.
  4. Break in the eggs and mix again, incorporating as much air as possible.
  5. Sift in the flour then fold it in until it is fully mixed in. The mixture should be creamy looking and there should be no lumps of flour. Once it reaches this stage do not beat any further or the air which helps it rise will be lost.
  6. Tip into the tins and bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden brown, you can put a skewer in it and it comes out clean, you can touch the top and it springs back or the edges start to shrink away from the sides.
  7. Cool on a wire rack
  8. Place one cake on a plate. Spread jam over.
  9. Place the other cake layer on top of the jam and sprinkle with icing sugar using a sieve.
Twists:
Chocolate cake:
Remove 1oz of flour and replace with 1oz of cocoa. If you are sifting your flour, sift the cocoa too.

Lemon or Orange cake:
Grate the rind of 1 lemon or 1 orange. Add it to the mixture with the other ingredients if using a mixer. If beating the mixture by hand, add to mixture at the same time as the flour but not sifted.

Vanilla Cake:
Add a teaspoon of vanilla essence to the mixture.

Springier sponge:
For even springier sponge replace a third of the margarine with the same quantity of olive oil spread.





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