Victoria Sponge Cake

by - January 07, 2019

There is no cake more British than Victoria sponge. It is sold in every tea room, coffee shop and cafe but sadly they are no match for a homemade one. The genius of Victoria sponge in its simplicity. Two fluffy sponges sandwiched together with a bit of cream and jam. Simple yet glorious. Now make it mascarpone cream and homemade blackberry compote made from wild blackberries and you will want to eat this cake for the rest of your life, nothing else needed.

Prep Time: 10 minutes - Cook Time: 50 minutes - Cooling time: 20 minutes - Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

For the blackberry compote

  • 1 1/5 cup blackberries
  • 1/5 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs water

For the cake

  • 250 g/ 1 cup butter softened and unsalted
  • 250 g/1 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 4 eggs large
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 250 g/1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • zest of 1 lemon

For the mascarpone cream

  • 250 ml/ 1 cup mascarpone chilled
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 175 ml/ 3/4 cup double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Instructions

For the blackberry compote

  • In a small saucepan combine blackberries, sugar and water and cook over low heat for 15 minutes until the syrup coats a spoon.
  • Remove from the heat and process in a food processor or a blender until smooth.
  • Push through a fine sieve to get rid of the seeds and set aside.

For the cake

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350 C, grease two 8"/20cm round cake pans and line with parchment paper, set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer cream softened butter with sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Start adding eggs one by one, whipping until well combined after each addition for about a minute.
  • Add vanilla bean paste and lemon zest.
  • Combine sifted flour, baking soda and powder and salt in a separate bowl.
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mix well, stopping the mixer and scraping sides and the bottom of the bowl.
  • Divide the batter between two pans. Weigh them to get exactly the same cake in size.
  • Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely.

For the mascarpone cream

  • Whip chilled mascarpone with icing sugar and vanilla bean paste for 1-2 minutes until well combined.
  • Then add double/whipping cream and whip for 2 more minutes until stiff.

Cake assembly

  • To assemble the cake spread mascarpone cream on the bottom layer of the cake.
  • Pour blackberry compote on top and gently spread with a offset spatula.
  • Top with another cake layer and dust with some icing sugar for the traditional look.
*Recipe: Vikalinka

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