Victoria Sponge for Valentine's day

Valentine’s Day Special Victoria Sponge Cake With Silky Butter Cream Icing- Lusciously Rich Cake For The Romantic Occasion

This lusciously rich, heart-shaped Victoria Sponge cake, filled with creamy butter icing and homemade strawberry jam, is an ideal romantic creation, just right for celebrating  your Valentine’s day in a very stylish way.  Hurry, gather the necessary ingredients and whip it up now!

Victoria Sponge, named after the Queen Victoria,  who was known to enjoy a slice of this cake with her afternoon tea, is now a classic teatime favourite in England.  Traditionally, this cake is round in shape and the top is dusted with icing sugar.  However, I made a heart shape and smeared butter icing generously on the top to suit the occasion. No reservations for the yummy tastebuds when love is in the air!

Now that the strawberries are in season, it will take less than half an hour to make fresh and juicy jam at home to fill this sponge.  Please click on the link below for my easy jam recipe.  I must emphasise that the enticing flavours in this homemade strawberry  jam complements hugely to the delicious taste of this cake.  If the time doesn’t permit to make the jam or you are in a region where straws are hard to come by, then opt for the best brand of strawberry jam in the shop shelves.

strawberry jam

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/strawberry-jam-a-very-british-strawberry-jam-recipe-with-white-sugar/

Also, the butter icing should be smooth and creamy to enhance the overall taste.  I used Stork spread for this purpose and am quite happy with the outcome.  However, you can opt for any soft butter of your choice, but remember to stick to the right proportions and whisk it until silky and smooth.




Ingredients needed to make the sponge :

Self Raising flour / Cake flour 250 g
Margerine or melted butter under room tempreture 250 g
Caster sugar 250 g
Eggs under room temp 4
Milk 3 tbsp
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence 1  tsp each
Salt 2 pinches
Baking powder 1 tsp

Let’s start :

Let’s make it: Set the oven to 180 C .




http://happyrecipes.co.uk/oven-temperature-conversion/

Cream it

  • Cream butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy,  using an electric hand mixer.  Go clockwise  (3 – 4 mins)
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat  after each addition ( Beat 15 seconds after each egg)
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt, milk and whisk two rounds (1 min) 
  • Mix baking powder to flour and sieve onto the cake batter
  • Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything comes together as a creamy batter

Tray it

  • Divide the batter equally into two parts ( If you have two similar trays, both cakes could go to the oven at the same time. Otherwise, bake one and use the same tray to bake the other)
  • Line up the bottom of the  baking tray with a parchment paper cut according to the shape and rub butter and dust flour on the sides
  • Spoon one part of the batter into the baking tray and flatten with a spatula.
  • Lift up the tray and drop it twice onto your kitchen-top gently, allowing the batter to spread and settle evenly on the try

Oven it

  • Place the tray in middle/bottom shelf of the oven (If you oven heats up too soon, set the temp. for 160 C degrees and bake the cake in the lower shelf)
  • Bake for 20 mins or the top turns golden yellow  (Never open the oven door in the initial 10 mins.  If the top is browned and the middle is not baked, do not worry, just cover the top with a parchment paper and continue to bake for further 10 mins)

Take out / Bake the next

  • After 20 mins, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready

  • Take it out from the oven and let it rest for 10 mins
  • Slowly remove from the tray and place the cake on a cooling rack
  • Now bake the rest of the batter in the same tray and let both cakes cool off completely
  • Meanwhhile, whip up the butter icing

Delicious Butter Icing Recipe

Butter icing recipe

  • Icing sugar –   300 g (Sieve twice to get the best smooth icing sugar)
  • Stork spread/ Margerine 125 g
  • Lemon juice –   1 tsp
  • Milk –  3 tbsp
  • Vanilla essence – two drops

Let’s make the icing;

  • Cream up all together using an electric hand mixer
  • The icing should have no lumpy bits but a very smooth creamy texture

Let’s ice the cake now

  • Scrape the tops gently off

  • Smear strawberry jam generously on the bottom layer

  • Then spread butter cream icing on the jam layer
  • Place the other cake on top  and sandwich the cakes
  • Spread a layer of butter cream icing on the top and decorate with strawberries or rasphberries
  • Leave in the fridge for 1/2 hr before serving
  • Dip a long knife in boiling water, wipe clean and gently cut dainty pieces
  • Serve with more strawberries on the side
  • Enjoy!

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Steamed Tuti Fruiti Cake – Delicious Sponge Cake Steamed In The Rice Cooker

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The spongy bite of this cake, with delicate tuti fruiti pieces, makes it a hard to resist treat!

Tuti fruitis,  meaning,  ‘all fruits’ in Italian, are usually chopped candid fruits.  Their rich red and green colours and subtle fruity flavours contribute to a very tempting look on ice creams, jellies or cakes.

The best news about this cake is that it is steamed in the rice cooker,  not baked in the oven like conventional cakes,  which collectively account for its irresistible, spongy texture. You can use the usual steamer too, but if you have a rice cooker, the process is so much easier, as you just have to close the lid and set the “COOK” button on. In less than 30 mins, your juicy cake will be ready to devour!




Now, you do not have to worry if your oven is  malfunctioning or  if you do not have one, as in the case of certain parts of the world.   In tropical countries, for instance,  many people do not want to use the oven, as it doubles up the heat in the house making it really hot and stuffy.

This recipe is just the one for them! Without an oven, now they too can enjoy a beautiful, home-made cake!

tuti fruiti cake

 

So, let’s get started,

(This rice cooker is the most reliable for steaming or cooking rice on regular basis)

You need the following usual ingredients for cakes :

 Self raising flour  100 g
 Melted butter or Margarine  100 g
 Eggs  2
 Sugar  100 g
 Salt  3 pinches
 Yellow cake colour (Optional)  2 drops
 Baking powder 1/4 tsp
 Vanilla  2 drops
Milk 1 tbsp
Tuti fruiti (red and green)
You can add red and green glazed cherries,
dusted in flour in place of tuti fruiti
1 tbsp each colour

Let’s make :




Cream the batter

  • Beat butter and sugar together in a bowl until creamy
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat until frothy
  • Sieve flour, salt and baking powder together on to the bowl
  • Add Yellow cake colour, vanilla and milk
  • Combine everything with a wooden spoon until a creamy batter is formed
  • Dust tuti fruiti pieces with flour and add to the batter

Place in a dish

  • Line up a pie dish or a round cake tin that would fit the steamer in the rice cooker
  • Spoon the batter into it

Steam it




  • Fill the rice cooker with water little less than half
  • Place the steamer section and on top of it place the cake tray
  • Close the lid and set to COOK mode
  • Check after 1/2 hr with a wooden skewer stabbed in the middle of the cake.  If the skewer comes sticky with cake batter, close the lid and let the cake steam away another 15 mins
  • Once the cake is steamed properly, take the tray out and let it rest for 5 mins
  • Your cake is ready!
  • Enjoy!
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madeira cake

Madeira Cake – A traditional English teatime treat

madeira cake

Madeira cake is a traditional English cake, which was served with a glass of wine in olden times.  It , however,  has become a popular teatime treat across the country now a days with nostalgic resonance.

You will notice that there is no baking powder or bicarbonate  soda in this recipe. Hence, the cake doesn’t rise but gives a soft, yet firmer texture to it.  There are a lot of variations to this cake, but none can beat this simple plain cake with it’s dainty yellow colour, especially when it teams up with a steaming mug of tea.

Bake this cake in a loaf tin as it gives the cake the shape of a loaf, particularly, the slices look nice and unique in shape.

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  What you need to make this :




 Butter 220 g
Caster sugar 140 g
Self raising flour 170 g
Plain flour 3
Eggs 3g
Milk 2 tbsp
Lemon juice 2 tsp
Salt 2 pinches

Let’s make it:

Set the oven to 180 C.

Cream it

  • Beat sugar and butter together until creamy.
  • Add eggs one by one and beat after each adding.

Flour it

  • Mix both flours together and swift onto the batter holding the sieve a little above.
  • Mix with a wooden spoon, gently folding.
  • Add milk, lemon juice and salt.
  • Mix with the spoon until all come together into a smooth batter.



Pour it

  • Line up a loaf tray and pour the batter into it.
  • Give a shake and drop gently onto the kitchen top. This will let the air bubbles to escape and.

Oven it

  • Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 mins.
  • Remove from the oven, let it sit for 5 mins and remove from the tray.
  • Transfer on to a cooling rack.

Serve it

  • Slice with a long knife, dipped in hot water and wiped dry.
  • Enjoy with a steaming mug of tea.



Important : After 15-20 mins, if the top has already got a nice, golden colour, but the middle of the cake is wet and unbaked (Insert a skewer and check), cover the top  loosely with a foil paper, shut the oven door and bake for another 5 mins.  This will allow the middle to be baked and the top to remain as it is.

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Basic Butter Cake – Simple pound cake with delicious buttery flavour

butter cake

sponge cake

This  wonderfully-buttery cake with outer golden crust, is the  first cake that every aspiring cake-baker must get right.

We all know that in everything we do, the first step matters a lot.  If the first step goes exactly as planned, it will boost  confidence, which in turn catapult us to be  more adventurous.

First master the art of making this simple but heavenly spongy cake as it  gives a clear insight into all the baking techniques and secrets and you will be baking most glorious varieties of cakes in no time!

All the tips and techniques are given, wrapped with love,  in this recipe so nothing can go wrong.

Happy baking !

You will need the following items:

Self Raising flour 250 g
Margerine or melted butter under room tempreture 250 g
Caster sugar 250 g
Eggs under room temp 4
Milk 1/4 cup
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence 1  tsp each
Salt 2 pinches
Baking powder 1 tsp

Let’s make it: Set the oven to 180 C .

Oven temperature conversion:

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/oven-temperature-conversion/

Cream it

  • Cream butter and sugar together until creamy,  using an electric hand mixer.  Go clockwise.  (Time : 5 mins)
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat  after each addition. (Time :  Beat 15 seconds after each egg)
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt and finally, cream all together (Time : 1 min) 
  • Mix baking powder to flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape.
  •  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter. Do not use the electric mixer at this point.
  • Add milk and mix well.

Tray it

  • Line up a baking tray with parchment paper and spoon the batter into the baking tray and flatten with a spatula.
  • Lift up the tray and drop it twice onto your kitchen-top gently, allowing the batter to spread and settle evenly on the try.

Oven it

  • Pop it in the oven.
  • Bake for 20 mins or the top turns golden yellow (Never open the oven door in the first 10 mins)

Check it

  • After 20 mins, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready.
  • Take it out from the oven and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Slowly remove from the tray and place it on a cooling rack.

Taste it

  • Dip a knife in hot water, wipe clean and cut the cake into dainty squares
  • Enjoy the lovely spongy texture wrapped with the buttery sweetness

butter cake

Other easy delicious cakes :

Vanilla cupcakes

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/plain-vanilla-cupcakes-supersoft-delicious-cupcakes-ever/

Chocolate cupcakes

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/chocolate-cupcakes-pretty-chocolate-cupcakes-to-brighten-up-your-party/

 

CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH BUTTER ICING

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/chocolate-cake-with-butter-icing/

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