I ventured into my first attempt at baking while in the UK and if I dare say it didn’t turn out too bad. I’m sad I forgot to take pictures of the process but here was the recipe I used to make a cake for my flat-mates birthday!
Victoria Sponge Cake
200 g unsalted butter(room temperature)
200 g caster sugar
4 free range eggs (beaten)
200 g self rising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp milk
Preheat oven to 190 C. Cream together sugar, and butter until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Add rest of the ingredients, beat until smooth. Divide evenly into separate pans. Bake for about 25 minutes or until cake bounces back when touched. Set aside and let cool.
History behind the Victorian Sponge Cake-
So when I was looking up recipes I was aware that my recipes from home might not work the same. And rather than take a gamble on recipes and end up messing up the entire kitchen I decided to look up ‘traditional British dessert recipes’. Of course mince pies, and fruit cake, fairy bread all came up, and so did Victorian Sponge cake. Essentially it’s a sponge cake ( go figure) that is sliced in half or sandwiched, and in between is typically jam or fruit and whipped cream. Sometimes it’s the whipped cream is replaced with butter cream however. It is considered a ‘quintessential English tea time treat’, and rose to popularity during Queen Victoria’s reign (surprise surprise).
However anyone that knows me when it comes to baking knows I only follow instructions so far. So I asked my flat mate what she liked, and she replied she likes chocolate and vanilla. So with the cake being vanilla I set off to make my go to chocolate Ganache Icing.
300 ml double cream
400 g dark chocolate finely chopped. (tip* chopping the dark chocolate or even breaking it up into smaller pieces makes it easier to whisk when adding the cream and will give a more even consistency*)
Heat double cream until a boil, pour over chocolate in separate bowl, whisk until smooth. Let cool (place in fridge if you want a thicker consistency).
Then for the decorations I melted white chocolate and went to work!
I was pleased with the end result, although I should have used a smaller tip to write with. I’m excited to try and see what recipes I’ll try next!