Friday, June 24, 2011

Victoria Sponge Cake

I recently made Victoria Sponge for a group where I was also asked to give a tea presentation.  In addition to the classic Victoria Sponge I  made one with lemon curd.

Victoria Sponge

1 C flour
1 t baking powder
2 T sour cream
1/4 C butter, melted
2 C favorite preserves or lemon curd
3 eggs
1/4 t salt
3/4 C sugar
1 T lemon juice
Powdered sugar for dusting

Beat eggs with sour cream.

Add sugar and beat on highest speed of mixer for 5 minutes until light.  

Beat in melted butter.

Stir in lemon juice.  Make sure you have removed the seeds,  unlike mine in the picture.

In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Fold gently into wet mixture.

Spread batter into  a greased, wax paper lined 11x15 jelly roll pan.  Make sure you grease the pan before putting in the wax paper and then grease the wax paper before pouring in the batter.  Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until cake springs back when touched in the center.  You don't want to over bake it.  The cake will crack easily when you roll it if you do.  If it does crack, you can cover the cake roll with a little more powdered sugar.  

This tea infuser is also great tool for dusting with powdered sugar!

Cool baked cake in pan for 5 minutes.

Dust a tea towel with powdered sugar.  Turn cake out onto the towel and remove the wax paper.  Spread with jam leaving a 1/2" border on all sides.  Roll up in jelly roll fashion and refrigerate for 1 hour to set.  Remove from fridge 15 minutes before serving.  Dust cake roll with powdered sugar and cut into approximately 1 1/2" slices.  Garnish each slice with whipped cream,  fresh fruit and mint.  

For the lemon cake I used the lemon curd recipe in the preceding post.  I definitely liked the lemon much better than  the strawberry jam.  Which one would you prefer?