Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The Great Swift Bake off: Round 4 - Victoria Sponge

This month in the great swift bake off it's time to call in the W.I. - it's the Victoria Sponge round. This was the most restrictive brief to date and the results were all of a high standard!

I used a 3 egg sponge mix as a base, using equal weight eggs (weight with shells), flour, butter and castor sugar. I used 1 large egg and 3 bantam eggs, and also enriched it with two extra bantam yolks; can you tell Lemon has been off her lay? I also added a teaspoon of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. For the filling I made a strawberry jam with equal weights strawberries to sugar and then added a good splosh of sloe gin at the end to add to the flavour.

Being a man I cracked out the power tools, beat my butter and sugar into submission and then whipped the whole lot until it submitted into being a fluffy mass.


I then split it between two tins, ready for baking.





Once cooled it was time to assemble. I went a little wild and added rosemary flowers as well as the usual jam, cream and castor sugar (oh and edible glitter). I studded the top with the flowers before sprinkling the remaining petals over the jam.






The result: third of six to take the overall lead. 


10 comments:

  1. So, going wild is adding petals and edible glitter! Must remember that
    Looks yummy!

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  2. It looks wonderful & home made jam with it too! In fact jam with added gin, always a good thing in my book!

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    1. That was our thought too... who can go wrong with added gin!

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  3. I am very impressed! Especially with the flowers, what a wonderful touch.

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    1. It certainly makes it stand out from the crowd doesn't it :)

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  4. What a treat! It's almost too beautiful to want to cut into...almost!

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    1. Almost... too good not to cut into though ;)

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  5. Gorgeous! I do love a well made Victoria sponge. If you check out my Victoria sponge post, you'll see I went a little (well, a lot!) crazy with the whipped cream; but you seem to like a fairly generous amount yourself!

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    1. That is an impressive amount of cream you used! I always think it's a good sign if you need a really sharp knife to cut a cake without loosing the filling :D

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