With Mother’s Day fast approaching, what says I Love you more than something you’ve made, and something that I know will be thoroughly enjoyed.
A classic Victoria sponge with Jam and buttercream would be my choice of cake, so i’m going to share how to make it. It’s a great recipe and one probably my husband would even attempt with my daughter, although to be fair she could do a great job on her own.
My first tip is not to over complicate what you are making, you want to enjoy making the cake and much as you want to enjoy giving it.
This recipe makes an 8″ cake so you will need 2 x 8″ sandwich tins, if you don’t own any they are very cheap to buy in most supermarkets and you’ll have them to use again. I like my cakes with a bit of height rather than flat as a pancake so it may seem like a large quantity of ingredients but it will give you a nice height cake.
- 12 oz Caster Sugar
- 12 oz Margarine
- 6 Free Range Medium Sized Eggs
- 12 oz Self Raising Flour
- 1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract
- A dash of milk
- Preheat your oven to 170c
- Line your 2 tins, for ease I would use cake tin liners, but if not baking paper will do
- Put the caster sugar and margarine in the bowl and beat until pale and fluffy
- Gradually add the eggs a little at a time, beating in between until fully incorporated
- Stir in the flour gently
- Add the vanilla extract and milk
- Divide between your 2 tins
- Bake for around 30-40 minutes (ovens will vary) until the top is springy when touched
- Allow to cool in tins for 10 minutes then remove onto a wire rack to fully cool
Buttercream and Decoration
- 125g unsalted butter
- 250g icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Dash of milk
- Jam of your choice
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy
- If using a mixer I put cling film over the top to stop the icing sugar going everywhere
- Place one of the sponges onto a plate or board
- Spread the buttercream onto the sponge
- Cover the buttercream with a generous layer of Jam
- Place the 2nd layer of sponge on the top
- Dust with icing sugar
To finish off decorate with fresh raspberries and if you have any a few fresh flowers to add around the base.
It really is as simple as a few steps and very easy to achieve, why not have a go and make your mum very happy.