Happy birthday Mavis! Our baby turned two this week, and even though she couldn’t see any of her friends or have a party we still wanted to do something special for her so I made a birthday cake. A quarantine cake… I could only use what we already had in the house haha. It was a fun little challenge that ended up with me baking my first Victoria sponge cake. Justin’s grandma used to make this cake for him and he suggested I give it a try. It is a super simple recipe I will definitely come back to, I went with Mary Berry’s classic recipe. I’ve converted the quantities below.
1 cup self-raising flour (or 1 cup all purpose flour plus 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp fine salt)
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter (room temperature, I used margarine)
2 tsp baking powder
Preheat your oven to 350°f and lightly grease two 8″ cake tins. I only had one tin so I used parchment to line it and baked one layer, then lifted it out using the paper so I could use the tin right away for the second layer.
Mix together the flour, sugar and baking powder until well blended then add the eggs and butter using a hand mixer to mix well (but careful not to over mix). The batter should fall off a spoon easily.
Divide the batter into two and bake for 25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and the cakes are a golden brown.
Once the cakes had cooled a bit I trimmed the edges and layered some pantry jam (last jar of the plum cardamom I made a couple seasons ago) on the bottom cake before adding the second layer to make a big sandwich.
To create an icing I simply added 1/4 cup of water to 2 cups of icing sugar to make a water glaze. Mix it up and use right away, it will set into a firm icing.
This is the simplest cake I could muster up and it was really delicious! I had dreams of using an extravagant Katherine Sabbath recipe (her greatest hits ebook is FREE right now through Apple Books) but we just don’t have the money for all the fancy ingredients right now. So I made do and it worked out great. Mavis liked the icing best, of course 🖤 Happy birthday love, definitely one to remember!!