Mary Berry’s Victoria SpongeCourse: Cakes and BakesCuisine: BritishDifficulty: Easy
An all in one sponge mix that gives perfect results every time
What You Will Need
2x 20cm sandwich tins
4 free-range eggs
225 g caster sugar
225 g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
225 g butter at room temperature
raspberry jam for finishing
whipped cream (optional) for finishing
- Preheat the oven to 180C/160C/ Fan/375°F/Gas 4.
- Prepare the sandwich tins
- Grease the tins on the bottoms and up the sides and line the bottoms with baking parchment.
- Making the Cake Mix
- Break the eggs into a large mixing bowl, then add the sugar, flour, baking powder and butter.
- Mix together until well combined with an electric hand mixer, if the butter is soft enough you could just use a wooden spoon, do not over mix, you need to combine the ingredients until they just come together
- The mixture should just fall off the mixers blades or the wooden spoon easily.
- To stop the bowl moving whilst mixing, roll up a damp teatowel and make it into a circle on the worktop, then place the bowl in the middle.
- Divide the mixture evenly between the tins
- Smooth the top of the cake mixture with a silicone spatula to make them even.
- Baking the Sponges
- Bake the cakes on the middle shelf of the oven for 25 minutes.
- Check them after 20 minutes.
- The cakes are done when they’re golden-brown and coming away from the edge of the tins. Press them gently in the middle and they should spring back.
- You can also push a thin skewer or cocktail stick through the top and it should come out clean
- Set aside to cool in their tins for 10 minutes.
- Building the Cake
- Run a palette or rounded butter knife around the inside edge of the tins and carefully turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack.
- To assemble the cake, place one cake onto a plate and if there is a slight dome gently level the top off with a sharp knife.
- Spread it with plenty of jam and whipped cream (if using)
- Place the second cake on top and sprinkle over the caster sugar.
- The perfect Victoria Sponge
- Adapted From Mary Berry The Perfect Victoria Sponge