Strawberry and mascarpone cream sponge recipe

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  • Vegetarian
makes: 1
Cost: cheap
Prep: 55 min
Cooking: 20 min
(may need an extra 5 mins)
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  • This delicious strawberry and mascarpone cream sponge is a quick and easy way to transform that classic Victoria sponge cake. Strawberry and mascarpone cream make a luxury take on a Victoria sponge, taking only 1hr and 15 mins to prepare and bake. This recipe makes 1 regular sized cake, enough to feed 6-8 people, depending on how big you like to cut your slices! The fresh strawberries add a sweet, tangy flavour to every bite of this moist, dense sponge cake. The mascarpone gives it a creamy, rich texture as well as flavour. Store any leftovers in the fridge and eat within 1-2 days for the best taste.

    Ingredients

    • 225g (8oz) butter, softened
    • 225g (8oz) caster sugar
    • 4 large eggs, beaten
    • 225g (8oz) self-raising flour
    • 1tbsp milk
    • 3tbsp strawberry jam, sieved
    • 2tsp lemon juice
    • 150g (6oz) strawberries
    • 142ml carton double cream
    • 125g (5oz) mascarpone cheese
    • Icing sugar, to dust
    • Few halved strawberries, to decorate

    Method

    • Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until pale and creamy. Beat in the eggs, a spoonful at a time. Add a little flour if the mixture begins to curdle. Fold in the rest of the flour and milk.

    • Divide mixture between 2 greased, lined 20cm (8in) round loose-based cake tins. Level the surface. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4) for 20-25 mins until risen, golden and firm to the touch.

    • Cool the cakes in the tins for 5 mins, then turn out on to a cooling rack. Leave to cool completely. Mix together the sieved jam and lemon juice. Hull and slice the strawberries; stir gently into the jam mixture.

    • Slowly beat the cream into the mascarpone cheese. Spread the mixture over one of the sponges and top with the fruit mix and the other sponge. Dust with icing sugar; decorate with halved strawberries.

    Top tip for making Strawberry and mascarpone cream sponge

    The sponge cakes can be made a day ahead, but don't add the filling until 2-3 hours before serving.

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