I baked a Victoria Sponge as a technical challenge for the last episode bake along in the latest series of The Great British Bake Off. I used the 'all in one' method which makes it such an easy cake to whip up.
My family managed to wait until I had finished taking photos before they pounced on the cake and devoured the lot, I had to be quick taking the photos though as they were hungrily circling. It went down very well with the hungry hordes and they now want it added to my regular baking sessions.
225g/8oz caster sugar
225g/8oz self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
225g/8oz baking spread or soft butter at room temperature
Jam, I usually use raspberry
Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line 2 x 20cm/8in sandwich tins. Grease the inside of the tin then line the bottom of each of the tins with a circle of non-stick baking paper.
Break the eggs into a large mixing bowl, then add the rest of the cake ingredients. Beat with an electric mixer until combined. Don't over mix the batter, as soon as everything is blended stop mixing.
Divide the mixture evenly between the tins and gently smooth the surface of the batter. Place the tins on the middle shelf of the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. The cakes are done when they’re golden-brown and coming away from the edge of the tins. The centre of the cakes should spring back when gently pressed.
Remove the cakes from the oven and set aside to cool in the tins for five minutes. Turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack that has been covered with a clean tea towel. This stops the cake tops from being marked by the wire rack.
Once the cakes have cooled completely you can assemble the sandwich. Place one cake upside down onto a plate and spread it with plenty of jam then spread over plenty of whipped cream. Top with the second cake, top-side up. Dust with icing sugar to serve.