Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Victoria sponge cake

I used to really, really hate Victoria sponge cake when it was wheeled out at children's parties; not the sponge part, but the inevitably sickly filling (or so I saw it), which clagged up the plate and the mouth. Victoria sponge cakes couldn't be easier to make, but for some reason many people buy them, and they can taste horribly artificial; the real McCoy makes a huge difference with Victoria sponges, as with almost everything else. I have moved on from my childhood mistrust of all things sweet that weren't chocolate or ice cream and I now predictably enough really like a good sponge cake, in addition to the little buns and muffins that I have always liked. While I was making this cake, I had a sort of flash back to teenage me and thought about how shocked I would have been if someone had told me that years later I would be spending a Sunday afternoon making Victoria sponge cake. I suspect that teenage me wouldn't have liked the 31 year old me all that much, or at least all we would have had in common was books; we wouldn't have had much luck going out for dinner together (though a glass of wine would probably unite us). Whimsy aside, part of me still feels that Victoria sponge is a bit staid; when I first baked cakes they tended to be luscious, glossy chocolatey confections, courtesy of Nigella. I baked with the girl who had the room opposite mine in our university accommodation; we made each other and the rest of our house cakes for birthdays, special occasions and just for fun. Our favourite was the chocolate ganache birthday cake from Nigella's How To Eat, occasionally eclipsed by her chocolate hazelnut cake or her sour cream chocolate cake. There was a girl in the house who got on our nerves and who had the cheek to ask for a cake for her birthday, and because we were polite we made a cake, but because we were secretly mean, we made her a boring sponge with butter icing inside, and I used an evil looking green cake decorating pen to inscribe Happy Birthday on top. She was really, really touched; she didn't at all understand that we were trying to snub her, and she loved her cake, as did the other neighbours, even though it bore little resemblance to our more sophisticated cocoa-laden offerings. That taught us a lesson: not to look down our noses on the humble sponge.

I can't believe I've just admitted to doing things like that, but sadly I have a mean streak.

Anyway, back to Jamie's Victoria sponge, which I made on Sunday before returning to work on Monday. This was my last day of lazing around and - just as Freya used hers to make a superb Sachertorte, I used mine to make a sponge. I have made sponge before, obviously. I made little buns for our wedding cake(s) and decorated them with white icing and white sugar roses; I have made sponge for Eve's pudding, and so on. This is Jamie's recipe though, and for some reason on Sunday, contemplating the end of a lazy holiday, I needed something homely to make; this sprang to mind. The sponge part is standard: 225g butter/ flour/caster sugar, 4 large eggs, plus some lemon zest. I creamed the butter and sugar, beat in the eggs, and folded in the flour and lemon zest, before dividing into 2 sandwich tins and baking for 20 minutes or so until lightly browned and risen. I left the cakes briefly in their tins and then turned them onto a rack to cool. Meanwhile, I warmed raspberry jam in a saucepan and stirred in raspberries (Jamie suggested strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or a mixture; he said he loves strawberries, but out of season strawberries aren't that great in my opinion); I then spread it over the top of one of the two sponges. I whipped double cream with the seeds from a vanilla pod and some sugar, and smeared that over, before topping with the other sponge.



It looks pretty, as Victoria sponges do, and it tasted fresh and lovely - completely different from the cardboard sponge and sickly fake filling of the bought versions. We had a kind of afternoon tea; I made a pot of tea and brought the milk jug into the living room (I don't really do that for just us, usually) and we ate cake and drank tea and I felt very English, all of a sudden. It was surprisingly nice. There is something about sponge, with fruit and sweetened cream, plus jam, that would make anyone feel settled and contented, particularly with a huge pot of tea and a suitably engrossing novel. Teenage Kathryn would have despised this; I now enjoy this sort of thing as a privileged part of our culinary heritage and as a simple, tasty cake that really makes an afternoon special.

56 comments:

Writing At The Kitchen Table said...

Kathryn! We must have the swap right now starting with your Victoria Sponge! I used to dislike them too until about a year or so ago and then it was like, "why did I hate this?" I guess our food tastes just alter with (old) age!
Do you like Andre Gide and Jean Paul Sartre? I don't read in French but love the translations, particularly Miracle of the Rose...
As for the swap, perhaps we could try swapping a cake or biscuits, seeing as we're in the same country we have access to pretty much the same produce so something homemade might be fun. I did a cake swap once when I used to post on the Nigella board and it worked out really well.
Freya x

charlotte said...

I'm coming to appreciate the Kathryn genre, and I have to say this is a classic post. I love the story of how you tried to snub someone with sponge!

I've also come round to the sponge and make a lemon drizzle cake (US recipe not British) of which I am inordinately proud, and which my family gobbles up in one sitting.

If there's a cake swap, please I can play too?

Kathryn said...

Cake swap! What a wonderful idea. Litlove needs to be in there too, because she's hiding her culinary light under a literary bushel - she bakes wonderfully and her son does the best cupcake/cake decoration. Shame she has to follow the special diet now... How does posting cakes work??

I am ashamed of our sponge-snubbing, but the funniest thing is that she never noticed...

I like lemon drizzle cake Charlotte - I think it's a more sophisticated sponge, just a bit more grown up (but equally with the propensity to be a bit middle-aged). I like Jamie's zingy lemon one; homemade ones are lovely.

Back to literary subjects, I prefer Beauvoir to Sartre, possibly because I'm intrinsically a woman person - I love L'Invitee (She Came to Stay) and I find her diaries and letters to Sartre compelling. Their relationship in itself, with the young girls they sexually 'shared', or at least, that Beauvoir initiated and then passed on to Sartre like love gifts, is fascinating. Gide - the first French book I ever read was his La Symphonie pastorale. I still love that book intensely despite its moralizing, although I find the moralizing way more irritating in La Porte etroite (the narrow gate?)...

Better stop now - I can rant about personal preferences in literature forever, but at this time in the morning I lack eloquence and insight. I need muesli!

Helen said...

I wouldn't mind being snubbed with a sponge! I loved that story too. I could just picture the violent green lettering.

I made this Victoria sponge cake for Kiko's birthday cake back in November. I made a double lot because I was baking a birthday cake for his friend too. I was very impressed with the way the cakes turned out. I do tend to have my disasters in the kitchen but this recipe was Helen-proof and delicious.

I didn't sandwich it together in the way he suggested. Instead I just used (decent) strawberry jam, fresh whipped cream and thin slices of strawberry. Then I iced the cakes using the fresh fruit icing he uses for his fairy cakes in the recipe on the following page. I was a bit suspicious of how this would turn out but it amazed me - it worked! I'd definitely make this sponge again. Plain and simple is sometimes the best route to go with a cake.

Lisa said...

Hi Kathryn...funny thing is I had exactly the same feelings on sunday afternoon when I had the urge to bake a cake (and ended up making Nigella's Remembrance Cake from Feast!) Never thought I would get such a kick out of baking cakes....bit like gardening though - once the bug bites eh?
Lots of Love SIL

Ilana said...

Looks beautiful, Kathryn! I don't think anything can be classified as mean when a cake is involved. :) Was she nicer to you girls after that?

You've inspired me to make a victoria sponge too, with the tea setting and everything. :)

xoxo
ilana

Kathryn said...

Helen, this would be a lovely children's birthday cake- really nice. And yes plainish cakes definitely have their place, too.

Lisa - I've never made that cake; it sounds lovely. How was it? Oh and I've never been bitten by a gardening bug. I don't think it'll ever happen...

Ilana, to be fair to that poor girl, she never knew she annoyed us. She was always skint and used to lurk in the kitchen and ask people to feed her. The food she gave you if you ever got asked back was not for human consumption, not really...

Anonymous said...

I found this site using [url=http://google.com]google.com[/url] And i want to thank you for your work. You have done really very good site. Great work, great site! Thank you!

Sorry for offtopic

Anonymous said...

Who knows where to download XRumer 5.0 Palladium?
Help, please. All recommend this program to effectively advertise on the Internet, this is the best program!

Anonymous said...

[url=http://www.chf4kids.org/]Generic Viagra 100 mg[/url]

Anonymous said...

Do You interesting of [b]Generic Viagra in Canada[/b]? You can find below...
[size=10]>>>[url=http://listita.info/go.php?sid=1][b]Generic Viagra in US and Canada[/b][/url]<<<[/size]

[URL=http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/link/buy%20viagra/1_valentine3.html][IMG]http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/img0/buy%20viagra/1_valentine3.png[/IMG][/URL]
[URL=http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/link/buy%20viagra/3_headsex1.html][IMG]http://imgwebsearch.com/30269/img0/buy%20viagra/3_headsex1.png[/IMG][/URL]
[b]Bonus Policy[/b]
Order 3 or more products and get free Regular Airmail shipping!
Free Regular Airmail shipping for orders starting with $200.00!

Free insurance (guaranteed reshipment if delivery failed) for orders starting with $300.00!
[b]Description[/b]

Generic Viagra (sildenafil citrate; brand names include: Aphrodil / Edegra / Erasmo / Penegra / Revatio / Supra / Zwagra) is an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction regardless of the cause or duration of the problem or the age of the patient.
Sildenafil Citrate is the active ingredient used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men. It can help men who have erectile dysfunction get and sustain an erection when they are sexually excited.
Generic Viagra is manufactured in accordance with World Health Organization standards and guidelines (WHO-GMP). Also [url=twitter.com/iuyjopg]Viagra Sales Market[/url] you can find on our sites.
Generic [url=http://wumenalu.freehostia.com]Best Price 100mg Viagra[/url] is made with thorough reverse engineering for the sildenafil citrate molecule - a totally different process of making sildenafil and its reaction. That is why it takes effect in 15 minutes compared to other drugs which take 30-40 minutes to take effect.
[b]us pharmacy viagra
Pfizer Corp Announced Today That Viagra Will Soon Be Available In Liquid Form
Viagra Recreationally
Viagra Ricetta
viva viagra pfizer
retin-a metrogel prevacid viagra
Cb Viagra Board
[/b]
Even in the most sexually liberated and self-satisfied of nations, many people still yearn to burn more, to feel ready for bedding no matter what the clock says and to desire their partner of 23 years as much as they did when their love was brand new.
The market is saturated with books on how to revive a flagging libido or spice up monotonous sex, and sex therapists say “lack of desire” is one of the most common complaints they hear from patients, particularly women.

Alumine said...

viagra sale

generic viagra sale

Anonymous said...

Wow, certainly interesting topic. Where can I get this subscription?

Sara Stepman
bug sweeping

CHINATOWN NEW YORK said...

looks cool. Quite worthwhile information, simply great thanks for sharing this artistic post !

Anonymous said...

Helo ! Forex - Работа на дому чашку кофе успешной имеют свободные деньги, пройти регистрацию forex [url=http://foxfox.ifxworld.com/]forex[/url]

Anonymous said...

Your body naturally burns calories, and you may burn calories performing activities of day to day living and use. Coffee is one of the popular drinks but it really is filled with calories along with the calorie count increases further if were having biscuits with our coffee phen375 consumer reviews obviously should you do only have 10 days then you should make an attempt to do the maximum amount of exercise as you can, though you ought to never drink too much. If you're struggling to adjust to in your old jeans, you should be already aware with the problem. And in general frugal individuals don't buy kitchen accessories that have a single purpose like drying food http://www.phen375factsheet.com if you want faster results, it's better to include more activity, thereby burning more calories while resting. Green tea or green tea herb extract is incorporated in several with the more well-known excess fat loss vitamin supplements for the marketplace currently [url=http://www.phen375factsheet.com/]phen375[/url] it is as if we were holding just planted there, without the evolutionary history.

Anonymous said...

I am sure this paragraph has touched all the internet visitors, its really really good paragraph on building up new website.



Also visit my site - glume spuse

Anonymous said...

If fashion design is something of a few eyebrows, but its actually the biggest interrogative of all ages! And today we're talk sumptuousness mode make are several mod jeans and clothes such as Arabs Romans Jews, astounding as that of the" British anti-Cosmetic surgical operation League. http://kasper-suits.net/ [url=http://kasper-suits.net]kasper suit[/url] [url=http://kasper-suits.net]kasper pant suits[/url] [url=www.kasper-suits.net]suits for women[/url] In improver, the terminal figure" Eco-fashion". On our way, in my description of the robe one of production decree forms in aFashion Prove Plan booklets include a military pelage. Here are the infrangible best 2012 blue jean fashion design trends does not a comfortable as, Cocoa palm Chanel and Burberry Have got through to her family relationship troubles, Medine says. kasper womens suits kasper suits fashionable Asset size of it missy to Love. If your top, it would Get let the winter baby fashion in truth was a finale: I had told my sis merely stirred from Morocco as a fashion no no. They are not celebrity, but the felt hat, rhythm dark glasses and furry coat are all creditworthy for the solid, Come after the fashion design world.

Anonymous said...

I feel this is one of the such a lot vital info for
me. And i am happy reading your article. However wanna statement on some common things, The web site taste is great, the articles is
truly excellent : D. Just right process, cheers

Here is my blog post :: Juegos Online

Anonymous said...

We are a bunch of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
Your web site offered us with valuable info to work on.
You've performed a formidable activity and our entire neighborhood can be thankful to you.

Also visit my web-site cele mai tari jocuri cu masini gratis

Anonymous said...

For latest information you have to pay a visit
world-wide-web and on the web I found this website as a best web page for hottest updates.


Feel free to surf to my web site; Jocuri masini

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog that's equally educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you've hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which too few folks are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I came across this in my hunt for something relating to this.

Also visit my weblog ... proactol

Anonymous said...

Very good post. I absolutely love this website. Keep it up!


my web-site :: proactol

Anonymous said...

I've been surfing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.

My web page: all miscrits

Anonymous said...

Hi there everyone, it's my first pay a visit at this web page, and paragraph is actually fruitful for me, keep up posting such articles or reviews.

Feel free to surf to my blog :: Air Max

Anonymous said...

Hi everyone, it's my first pay a quick visit at this website, and post is really fruitful designed for me, keep up posting these posts.

Feel free to visit my web-site; Abercrombie Brussel

Anonymous said...

My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find the majority of your post's to be exactly I'm looking for.
Would you offer guest writers to write content for you personally?

I wouldn't mind creating a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write concerning here. Again, awesome site!

Check out my homepage: Nike Air Max 90

Anonymous said...

If you desire to take much from this paragraph then you have to apply such techniques
to your won web site.

My webpage - Cheap NFL Jerseys

Anonymous said...

Excellent site you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics talked about here?

I'd really love to be a part of group where I can get comments from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks a lot!

my blog post :: Abercrombie Bruxelles

Anonymous said...

A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment.
There's no doubt that that you ought to write more on this subject, it may not be a taboo subject but usually people don't speak about such issues.
To the next! All the best!!

Here is my homepage Converse

Anonymous said...

Everything is very open with a really clear description of the issues.

It was really informative. Your site is useful. Thank you
for sharing!

my web-site: recommended Site

Anonymous said...

I truly love your website.. Great colors & theme.
Did you make this website yourself? Please reply back
as I'm wanting to create my very own site and want to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named. Appreciate it!

my web blog Evgeni Malkin Black Jersey

Anonymous said...

Wow! This blog looks just like my old one! It's on a completely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Great choice of colors!

Here is my web-site; Oakley Frogskins

Anonymous said...

Hi i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anyplace, when i read this
article i thought i could also create comment due to this
good paragraph.

Here is my blog post: Louis Vuitton Handbags

Anonymous said...

When I initially commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now each time a comment
is added I get three emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
Bless you!

Look into my web-site - Louis Vuitton Handbags Outlet

Anonymous said...

Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that
I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I'll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

Also visit my homepage; Michael Kors

Anonymous said...

My developer is trying to persuade me to move to .
net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because
of the expenses. But he's tryiong none the less. I've been using WordPress on numerous websites for about a year and am
concerned about switching to another platform. I have heard
fantastic things about blogengine.net. Is
there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into it?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

my webpage ... Chaussures De Football

Anonymous said...

Very nice write-up. I absolutely appreciate this website.
Keep writing!

my blog post; http://slc-wireless.com

Anonymous said...

I've been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be much more useful than ever before.

Here is my web page - Jordan Femme

Anonymous said...

Yesterday, while I was at work, my sister stole my iPad and
tested to see if it can survive a twenty five foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.
My apple ipad is now broken and she has 83 views.

I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!


my webpage :: Louis Vuitton Pas Cher

Anonymous said...

Hi, its fastidious post on the topic of media print, we all be familiar with media is a fantastic source of data.


Also visit my website ... Air Max Pas Cher

Anonymous said...

Үour write-up provides veгіfieԁ benеfіcіal to mуself.
It’ѕ extremely useful and you really аre сleaгlу extremely well-іnformed in this fiеlԁ.
You get exposeԁ οur sight to ԁifferent thoughts about this particular matter together with intriguing, notаblе аnԁ relіablе wrіttеn content.


Feel free to ѕurf to mу blog: Klonopin

Anonymous said...

Hello, I desire to subscribe for this website to take latest updates,
therefore where can i do it please help.

my website Abercrombie and Fitch

Anonymous said...

I do not know whether it's just me or if everyone else experiencing issues with your website. It appears as though some of the text in your content are running off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This may be a problem with my internet browser because I've had this happen before.

Kudos

Feel free to surf to my web blog :: Cheap NFL Jerseys

Anonymous said...

I was extremely pleased to discover this web site. I wanted to thank
you for ones time due to this fantastic read!

! I definitely really liked every little bit of it and I have
you saved to fav to see new information in your website.


Here is my web page ... Louis Vuitton Purses (http://ngosummit.com/)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to
and you're just extremely great. I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you are saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it wise. I cant wait to read far more from you. This is really a terrific web site.

Here is my website; Abercrombie Et Fitch

Anonymous said...

I quite like looking through a post that will make men and women think.
Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!



Visit my blog; Nike Pas Cher

Anonymous said...

Really when someone doesn't know then its up to other visitors that they will help, so here it happens.

Here is my blog post - Nike Free Run

Anonymous said...

Thanks for finally writing about > "Victoria sponge cake" < Liked it!

my web-site :: beats by dre Pas Cher

Anonymous said...

Howdy! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with
us so I came to give it a look. I'm definitely loving the information. I'm bookmarking and will
be tweeting this to my followers! Outstanding blog and superb
design and style.

Feel free to surf to my page :: Cheap Jerseys

Anonymous said...

Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog jump
out. Please let me know where you got your theme. Thanks a lot

Here is my web page; Chaussure De Foot

Anonymous said...

This design is steller! You most certainly know how to keep a reader amused.
Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start
my own blog (well, almost...HaHa!) Fantastic job.
I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
Too cool!

My webpage - Air Max Pas Cher

Anonymous said...

Spot on with this write-up, I really think this site needs much more attention.
I'll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the info!

Have a look at my web page; Sac Louis Vuitton

Anonymous said...

I've been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles or weblog posts on this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this website. Reading this information So i am glad to show that I've an
incredibly excellent uncanny feeling I came upon exactly what I needed.

I so much certainly will make sure to don?t disregard this website and provides it a look
on a constant basis.

Feel free to visit my website - Air Max 1 ()

Anonymous said...

I am now not positive where you're getting your info, however great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or working out more. Thanks for excellent information I used to be on the lookout for this information for my mission.

Feel free to visit my weblog: Mulberry UK

Anonymous said...

It's the best time to make a few plans for the long run and it's
time to be happy. I have learn this post and if I may just I wish
to recommend you some fascinating issues or tips. Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article.

I wish to learn more things approximately it!


Here is my web page; Nike UK (http://www.whatsot.com/nike-trainers.html)