Classic Victoria Sandwich

Small, solid cake tins. From Amazon. Sorry, Lakeland

Small, solid cake tins. From Amazon. Sorry, Lakeland

I follow the lovely Dan Lepard on Twitter, and saw this teaser picture he posted in the week, foreshadowing the weekend Grauniad and this delightful recipe. I knew that this was going to have to be a cake weekend. I recently bought a couple of small tins because I always bake more cake than the two of us can eat (and there’s not always a convenient team bake-off in the offing!) so this seemed a good time to give them an outing…

Classic Victoria Sandwich
Makes one large cake

Ingredients 

  • 250g unsalted butter, softened
  • 275g caster sugar
  • Zest of a lemon, finely grated
  • 300g plain flour
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Jam and icing sugar, for finishing

Method

  1.  Line the base of two deep (or three shallow) Victoria sandwich tins with discs of nonstick paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, place the softened butter (if it’s fridge-cold just cube it and give it a few short blasts in the microwave) and beat with an electric mixer until pale, light and fluffy. You can use a wooded spoon, but you’ll need to give it lots of work, so the mixer is definitely easier.
  3. Add the sugar and lemon zest, then beat well again for 2-3 minutes until light and pale.
  4. Beat in a third of the flour until smooth, then beat in the eggs, one at a time. Sift in the remaining flour and baking powder and fold this through evenly.
  5. Divide the mixture between the tins and bake at 170C/150C fan/335F/gas mark 3 for about 35‑40 minutes until a skewer poked in comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tins, then run a knife around the edge of the cake and turn it over on to a rack. Remove the paper off the bottoms.
  6. Trim the cakes to neaten them. Fill with jam, (and whipped cream, for mine!) assemble the sandwich, and dust with icing sugar to serve. Best eaten the same day.
Close-up cake

Close-up cake

Now, I used both of the 6″ tins and each one made a cake big enough to slice and fill. I also had about 1/3 of the mix left over so I made some little jam-filled cupcakes – except the jam sank through the batter so they’re going to be re-imagined (!) as jam puddings for microwaving and turning upside down in a bowl of custard. Endlessly inventive me.

They're not demon eyes in the background, they're solar garden lights.

They’re not demon eyes in the background, they’re solar garden lights.

Word count today: 2,760. 

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