Recipe Testing Tuesdays: Sweet Valentine Light Sponge Cake

A few people asked me last week for a simple cake recipe for newbies. I thought since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, this would be a perfect little cake anyone can make with what they already have in their kitchen for a loved one.

Sweet Valentine Light Sponge Cake

I used a classic Victoria Sponge recipe from BBC GoodFood, with a few alterations, so even if you don’t have any of those fancy baking gadgets you can still make this cake. One thing you probably need is a mixer, either a worktop one or a hand mixer. To combine all the ingredients you need quite a bit mixing, it’s a lot easier with a electric mixer.

Baking equipment

Equipment you need to make the sponge. If you don't have a rubber spatula you can use a wooden spoon instead. The metal spatula can be replace by a butter knife.

Mix batter

Place all the ingredients in the bowl and mix untill well combined and smooth with a mixer.

Spread batter evenly in the baking tray

Use the rubber spatula to scrape the batter into the baking tray and smooth it evenly with the metal spatula. Place the baking tray in a pre-heated oven for around 20 minutes.

Baked sponge

Take the ponge out of the oven when it's golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Leave it to cool completely on a wire rack.

Cut 3 circles out of the cake

Once the cake is completely cool, you can cut and stack the cake whichever way you want. I want a round cake, so I found a bowl that's the right size to get 3 equal circles.

Cake off cuts

Off cuts of cakes are great to have with a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can make them into delisious cake pops. Maybe I will cover that in another post.

Ingredients for filling

Ingredients for the filling.

Whisk cream

Whisk 1 table spoon of icing sugar into the double cream.

Whipped cream

Whip the double cream until soft peaks are formed.

Assemble the cake

Assemble the cake in this order: sponge, 1/4 cream, slices strawberries

Assemble the cake

Repeat the layer twice.

Top up the cake

Lay the third sponge on top and cover with cream. You can finish the cake by place a coulple of strawberries on top or...

Covered cake

Or you could cover the sides of the cake with the rest of the cream like this.

Here's a recipe sheet you can print out.

Recipe sheet

Hope you enjoyed this recipe and let me know if you're making it the week or any other time.

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