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
- 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
- Line the base of two deep (or three shallow) Victoria sandwich tins with discs of nonstick paper.
- 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.
- Add the sugar and lemon zest, then beat well again for 2-3 minutes until light and pale.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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