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Mary Berry's Victoria sandwich

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Mary Berry Victoria sponge cake recipe
  • Makes: 1

  • Cooking time:

    (or 20 mins for 15cm (6in) cake)
  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

 

Great British Bake Off judge and Queen of Cakes, Mary Berry, shows us how to make the best known and loved of all family cakes - her large all-in-one Victoria sandwich

Ingredients

For the large all-in-one Victoria sandwich:

  • 225 g (8 oz) softened butter
  • 225 g (8 oz) caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 225 g (8 oz) self-raising flour
  • 2 level tsp baking powder
  • 2 x 20cm (8in) greased and lined sandwich tins

Or for an 18 cm (7 in) Victoria sandwich:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 175g (6oz) of softened butter
  • 175g (6oz) of caster sugar
  • 175g (6 oz) of self-raising flour
  • 1½ teaspoons of baking powder.
  • 2 x 18 cm (7 in) greased and lined sandwich tins

Or for a 15 cm (6 in) Victoria sandwich (see cooking time):

  • 2 large eggs
  • 100 g (4 oz) of softened butter
  • 100 g (4 oz) of caster sugar,
  • 100 g (4 oz) of self-raising flour
  • 1tsp of baking powder.
  • 2 x 15cm (6 in) greased and lined sandwich

For the filling and topping:


  • 4tbsp strawberry or raspberry jam
  • A little caster sugar, for sprinkling

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The all-in-one method takes away the hassle of creaming, and ensures success every time. Baking spreads give an excellent result, but the cake won’t keep as long.

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/gas 4. Grease two sandwich tins then line the base of each tin with baking parchment.
  2. Measure the butter, sugar, eggs, flour and baking powder into a large bowl and beat until thoroughly blended. Divide the mixture evenly between the tins and level out.
  3. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes or until well risen and the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly pressed with a finger. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes then turn out, peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.
  4. When completely cold, sandwich the cakes together with the jam. Sprinkle with caster sugar to serve.
Extracted from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible (BBC Books, £25). Recipe © Mary Berry.
Mary Berry's Baking Bible is available from Amazon.

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Catch Mary Berry on The Great British Bake Off, a 6-part series on BBC2, starting on Tuesday 17th August 2010 at 8pm.


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