Create a beautiful and tasty Victoria sandwich wedding cake with this easy Mary Berry Victoria sponge cake recipe.
This family-favourite sponge is the perfect base to a naked wedding cake or it's great to serve at your bride-to-be breakfast.
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If you've always wanted to make your own wedding cake (or want to save a little money by baking your own) but have been worried about it going wrong, then you've struck gold with this easy Marry Berry Victoria sandwich recipe. It's foolproof! The all-in-one method takes away the hassle of creaming and ensures success every time.
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Mary notes that you can use baking spreads instead of butter - which still give an excellent result - but the cake won’t keep as long. Bear this in mind if you need to make your cake in advance.
Mary Berry's Victoria Sponge Recipe
For an 18 cm (7 in) Victoria Sandwich:
- 3 large eggs
- 175 g (6 oz) of softened butter
- 175 g (6 oz) of caster sugar
- 175 g (6 oz) of self-raising flour
- 1½ teaspoons of baking powder.
- Bake in two 18 cm (7 in) greased and lined sandwich tins for about 25 minutes
For a 15 cm (6 in) Victoria Sandwich:
- 2 large eggs
- 100 g (4 oz) of softened butter
- 100 g (4 oz) of caster sugar
- 100 g (4 oz) of self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
- Bake in two 15 cm (6 in) greased and lined sandwich tins for about 20 minutes
For the filling and topping
- 4 tablespoons strawberry or raspberry jam
- A little caster sugar, for sprinkling
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Grease two 20 cm (8 in) sandwich tins then line the base of each tin with baking parchment.
2. Measure the butter, sugar, eggs, flour and baking powder into a large bowl and beat until thoroughly blended. Divide the mixture evenly between the tins and level out.
3. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes or until well risen and the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly pressed with a finger. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes then turn out, peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.
4. When completely cold, sandwich the cakes together with the jam. Sprinkle with caster sugar to serve.
Extract from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible by Mary Berry (BBC Books, Hardback £25)
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