Classic Victoria Sandwich Cake

  • Total Time

    50m
    • Prep Time

      30m
    • Bake Time

      20m
  • Serves

    8
  • Skill Level

    Easy
  • Dietary Needs

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Who can resist this Great British favourite especially when filled with softly whipped cream and home-grown juicy strawberries. This recipe was created in aid of Breast Cancer Care Strawberry Tea campaign. Recipe courtesy of Seasonal Berries the strawberry growers of Britain. Get together with your favourite people this summer and host a tea party in aid of Breast Cancer Care. You can find more details online about the charity’s Strawberry Tea campaign, visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk/strawberry

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, 350°F, gas mark 4.  Lightly brush the base and sides of two 20 cm (8 inch) circular sandwich tins with a little oil then line the bases with 2 circles of non-stick baking paper.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon or in an electric mixer until light and fluffy then stir in the lemon zest.

  3. Sift the flour and baking powder on to a plate. Gradually beat alternate spoonfuls of beaten egg and flour into the creamed butter mixture until smooth, continue until all the eggs and flour have been added.

  4. Divide the mixture between the tins, spread level with a round bladed knife then cook on the middle shelf in the oven for about 20 minutes until well risen, golden brown and the cake springs back when lightly pressed with a finger tip.

  5. Allow to cool for a few minutes then loosen the edges of the cakes with a round bladed knife and turn out on to a large wire rack. Peel off the lining paper then turn cakes back up the other way and leave to cool completely.

  6. Mix the sliced strawberries with the jam, if the jam is very set, warm briefly in the microwave before adding the strawberries. Softly whip the cream. Transfer one of the cakes to a serving plate. Top with spoonfuls of the cream then the strawberry jam mix. Carefully lift the top cake in place, arrange the halved strawberries on top and sprinkle with sugar. Serve by cutting into wedges.

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