Nothing can beat a classic Victoria sponge cake and this recipe is as delicious as it comes!
200g Self raising flour
200g Caster sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp Vanilla extract
2 tbsp Milk
Firstly place all of the ingredients for the cake into a bowl (that is the first lot of ingredients on the list) and mix together. I have used an electric whisk for this as I find the butter can sometimes be a bit too hard to mix with just a fork and therefore the electric whisk is just the thing. This is including the Eggs and the milk.
I then place the oven on heat at 190 degree and leave it to warm up while a bitter the cake tins. For the cake tins I would recommend greasing/buttering them just a bit more than you would think was enough just because you really don’t want the cake to stick to the tin and therefore the greasier the better I say.
Then separate the mixture into two cake tins and place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes to cook or until they are a golden brown on top.
Once cooked remove from the oven and leave to cool, this can take up to an hour depending on the time of year.
While these are cooling you can start to make the butter icing. You will see from my list of ingredients that I haven’t put an exact amount for this and this is because I feel like its better to go by eye. Add a generous amount of butter into a bowl, I used 50g, then add some of the icing sugar and a splash of milk and mix together until smooth. Once completely smooth or even too firm, I add some more icing sugar and a small splash of milk then repeat again making it nice and smooth. I then apply even more icing sugar to this and mix again until the mixture is light in colour and looks a bit like cream.
I then cut the strawberries into slices. Next I spread the butter icing over one half of the cooled cake, bringing this right to the edge and making sure it is even. I then take the jam and spread this on top of the icing focusing mainly on the centre of the cake as you do not want this to fall out the sides. Finally I apply the strawberries to the outside of the cake and then to the centre making it look neat inside, not that this actually matters but this just makes me feel happy knowing it’s nice and neat.
I then place the second cake on top of the first and then finally sprinkle some icing sugar over the top and there we have it. A simple yet delicious Victoria sponge cake!