|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 42g||54%|
|Saturated Fat 21g||104%|
|Total Carbohydrate 70g||26%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|Total Sugars 41g|
|Vitamin C 22mg||112%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Cake baking is an institution of British and Irish food. Nothing celebrates this tradition better than a sponge cake. One filled to the brim with summer strawberries and freshly whipped cream is summer on a plate and particularly popular around Wimbledon.
This strawberry and cream sponge cake is essentially a Victoria sponge cake but rather than a filling of jam, fresh fruits are used. It's utterly delicious and making a Victoria sponge cake is not as daunting as most people think. Simply follow a few simple sponge cake making tips outlined below and watch your cake rise as light as a feather.
3 large eggs, room temperature
8 ounces granulated sugar
8 ounces self-rising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 ounces (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 ounces margarine
8 ounces fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, and thickly sliced
7 ounces whipping cream, whipped to firm peaks
1 cup unsifted confectioners' sugar, optional
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Lightly grease two 8-inch (20-centimeter) round cake pans. Line the bottom of each pan with parchment paper and lightly grease.
Using a stand mixer, or electric hand mixer, mix the eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and the softened butter and margarine until completely combined. The mixture should be a soft consistency. If you don't have an electric mixer you can use a wooden spoon.
Divide the cake batter evenly between the two cake tins—you may weigh them to make sure they are the same, but this is not essential. Lightly smooth the surface of the cake.
Pop them onto the middle shelf of the preheated oven and cook for 25 minutes or until the cakes are well risen and golden brown on the surface. If the cakes are browning too quickly lower the temperature just slightly but do not be tempted to open the door.
Once they are risen and brown, you can open the door to check, gently press the center of the cake; it should spring back quickly. Remove the cakes from the oven and place on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes, the cakes should be shrinking away from the sides of the cake tins.
Carefully remove the cakes from the tins and leave to cool completely on the cooling rack.
Once cooled, place one cake cooked-side down onto a plate. Cover with half the sliced strawberries, followed by a thick layer of whipped cream.
Top with the second cake, and finish with remaining strawberries and whipped cream. Finish with a dusting of powdered sugar, if desired.
- Do not use frozen fruits; they will not support the cake and will make it soggy.
- If you don't have it, make your own self-rising flour with all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.
- This cake deserves freshly whipped cream, so skip the whipped topping. For best results, make it while the cake bakes or cools. It can be held for 24 hours, though you'll want to use stabilized whipped cream when making it any further in advance than that.
- To dredge the cake, place the powdered sugar (also called confectioners' or icing sugar) in a fine sieve and shake it over the cake.
- You can change the filling of the sponge cake to make the most of any seasonal soft fruits, such as fresh raspberries.
- If you don't have fresh fruits, use a good thick layer of fruit jam.
What's the Difference Between Victoria Sponge and Sponge Cake?
Both types of cake are designed to be light, fluffy, and moist, though the recipes typically take a different approach. For a sponge cake, air is whipped into the eggs; the foamier they are, the more rise you'll get in the final cake. Named after Queen Victoria, Victoria sponge recipes don't require that step and rely instead on baking powder (sometimes baking soda). This significantly cuts down on the amount of prep time involved.
What's the Secret to the Baking the Best Sponge Cake?
A few factors play a significant role in creating the best sponge cake possible. The majority of those have to do with proper preparation. Timing is of the essence because as soon as baking powder is mixed with wet ingredients, it begins the chemical reaction that causes the cake to rise. Preheat the oven, prepare your pans and oven racks and gather everything you need before starting. Another secret is to ensure your eggs and butter are at room temperature. To avoid overmixing, the butter should be very soft but not so much that it loses shape. When everything comes together just right, you'll have a moist, fluffy sponge that's lighter than the average yellow cake.