Tuesday, August 21, 2012

VICTORIA SPONGE BIRTHDAY CAKE



I love the birthday cake trend right now with sprinkles in the batter; they add color and fun to a simple sponge. I also love how “birthday cake” has now become a prominent flavor in ice cream and other desserts. Who can resist that vanilla cake batter flavor with sprinkles?

Some more of my summer recipes: Cherry Clafoutis, Lemon-Syrup Tea CakePeach & Blueberry Pie, Lemon Tarts, Plum Cake, Strawberries & Cream Fairy Cakes.


Victoria Sponge Birthday Cake 
(makes 1 cake)
  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (well sifted)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of colorful sprinkles (plus extra for decoration)
  • 1.5 cups heavy whipping cream (double cream)
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar (plus extra for dusting on top)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam (or strawberry)
  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with oil and then dust lightly with flour.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, salt, and lemon zest. Sift in the flour and baking powder, whisk until smooth. Mix in the sprinkles.
  • Add the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool on a rack.
  • For the filling, whisk together the heavy cream, confectioners sugar and vanilla extract until the cream is whipped to soft peaks.
  • Cut the cake in half horizontally and spread each inner side with raspberry jam. Then dollop the whipped cream onto the lower half of the cake and spread out evenly.  Add the top half of the cake on top of the cream, jam side down.
  • Dust the top of the cake with confectioners sugar and more sprinkles.


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27 comments:

  1. looks fab, I always wanted to try out victoria sponge... its next on my to do list. will try out this recipe :)

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    1. Thanks, Let me know how it turned out! :)

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  2. i've never seen such a playful or whimsical sponge! i'm in love!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.ca/

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  3. Love this! The sprinkles make it so different to the classic Victoria sponge! Great idea will def give this a go! :)

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    1. Thank you, it makes a lovely birthday cake!

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  4. How lovely to see a new blog post from you! :) That cake looks delicious and is surely the perfect birthday cake. I love the sprinkles!

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  5. Thank you! I know, it's been a while...
    I'm glad you liked it :)

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  6. I risk sounding like the Most Interesting Man On Earth here when I say that I don't often eat cake, but when I do I want it to be for my birthday, and I want it to be this beautiful Victoria sponge. (PS: My birthday's on Friday. Maybe you can mail me one!)

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    1. Haha it's in the post! Glad you like it!

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  7. oo this is adorable! and i love the look of sprinkles cooked into the batter...i have never seen that before!

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  8. It's so pretty! LIke grownup funfetti!

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  9. The sprinkles are so pretty--in the cake and on top! It definitely looks like a cake for a celebration.

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  10. i am 11 years old, and its my two cats sweet 16 tomorrow, so i am baking this cake for them. obviously they cannot et it, but its the thought that counts, i looked at many, put this one caught my eye!

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    1. That is so sweet! Happy birthday to your cat :)
      I hope you enjoyed the cake!

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  11. this is a beautiful cake. i'm totally obsessed.

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  12. Layered cake with a great combination is really a brilliant idea. Yes, it is a amazing cake like everyone said.

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  13. Birthday cake is a part of the birthday celebrations. Many thanks for your post.I am very interested by reading this..
    Birthday Cakes

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  14. Did you double this recipe to make the cake in the picture? Just curious because I'm attempting this as my birthday cake.

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    1. The recipe just makes one cake and I cut it in half!
      Hope you enjoy the cake :)

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