I use this recipe for lots of different cakes! Yes you can do a Victoria sponge but you can also add different icing and add colours and cocoa if you want to change – just play around with it and you will see it so versatile and really delicious – and the best thing is that it is very easy to make!
275g each of self raising flour, castor sugar, butter (very, very soft)
2 tsps baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp milk
Preheat oven to 200*C
Add butter and sugar to mixer, cream. Alternate a couple of spoonfuls of flour and 1 egg until all added. add baking powder.
Add vanilla extract and milk until consistency of a thick batter. It is very difficult to go wrong with this recipe – but just be aware it doesn’t rise that much, so don’t panic.
Pour into cake tin (silicone is best) and bake in oven @ 200*c for 15-20 mins. Then turn down oven to 180*c and bake for a further 35-45 mins. you will probably need to cover with foil near the end to stop the cake burning. the 1st time you make this in your be careful as we know how ovens differ! Keep an eye on it and reduce heat a little if you think it is too hot!
Leave to cool in cake tin for a while then turn out onto a wire rack. Leave until completely cool to ice however you choose.
You can do the traditional Victoria sponge (the way the WI would do it) with only jam in the middle and icing sugar sprinkled on top (as above). Or add jam and buttercream to the middle.
For chocolate cake you can add 2 tbsp cocoa powder mixed to a paste with 2 tbsp boiling water!
Add food colouring if you want to make a a girlie pink cake, cover with pink icing and top with dolly mixtures!
One for the boys…
Add blue icing and decorate with monster or dinosaur shaped sweets! Or if you are feeling adventurous make 2 cakes and cut out the shape of their favourite character …
And if this is all to difficult cover with buttercream icing and add a cake topper! Easy! You can choose any character or even a photograph!
Original recipe from nigella lawson, How to be a domestic goddess! – this book is full of great recipes!