Wednesday, September 28, 2016

We Baked The Cake

My first attempt to bake Victoria Sponge cake

Well, I made it. As you know from my recent post I fell in love with Victoria Sponge during our visit to England this past July. And, if you recall, I found such a variety of recipes it was hard to decide which one to use for baking my own cake.

In the end, I decided to use the ingredients list from Mary Berry's cake recipe, except, I added 1 tsp vanilla to the batter (some recipes use vanilla; others do not). I followed the preparation instructions from a video I watched here; and for the filling I used raspberry jam and made a buttercream. To finish it off, I sprinkled caster sugar on top and surrounded the layer cake with fresh raspberries from my brother-in-law's garden.

It smelled delicious as it baked, all buttery and vanilla-y. When the cakes came out of the oven, I noticed the cakes weren't as high as the recipe pictures. That's when I realized I'd used the two 9" round pans I had in my kitchen; I should have used 7" or 8" pans, which I didn't have, but will soon purchase for next time. For, yes, there will definitely be a next time for this fine cake.

I baked the cake the day before my adult nephew's birthday dinner. It sliced beautifully -- moist and flavorful, but not crumbly. It tasted even better the following day for, yes, we had slices left over from the party. A sit down in the middle of the afternoon, with a sliver of a slice and a cup of tea -- oh yes, it fit the bill perfectly.

Come along inside...
We'll see if tea and (cakes) can make the world a better place.
~ Kenneth Grahame

Wishing you a beautiful day,


  1. The cake was a lovely treat; we also enjoyed leftovers the next day:)

  2. My mom said your nephew is lucky !
    No way mom can make a cake !
    ** Whisker proud *** But I can make a biscuit ( cat style )

  3. It is such an old favourite here. Yours looks delicious!

  4. Wow! It looks delicious. So beautiful, too!

  5. That looks so succeeded then at making the world a better place!

  6. A lovely attractive finish to that delicious looking cake

  7. Oh, it looks so delicious - perfect with a cup of tea!

  8. I'm reduced to - Wow! This beauty must have brought back wonderful memories of your trip.

  9. Dear Brenda - this looks so good. I am very surprised there were leftovers. Hope you are having a superb day. Hugs!

  10. Absolutely fabulous! Nice cake ♥

  11. This looks delicious Brenda, when a young girl at home, my gran would make a different cake each week and the classical sponge cake was one of them - good memories of chocolate cakes and walnut cakes etc, always a piece for tea.


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