Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins
A perfectly made Victoria sandwich. It's light and moist and tastes great. I got this recipe from a Sainsbury's magazine in 2004. I make it all the time, even for little fairy cakes.
- 175 g self-raising flour
- 175 g butter, at room temperature
- 175 g caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, the real stuff
- 3 tablespoons fruit jam or 3 tablespoons curds
- icing sugar, to dust
- you will need: 2x19cm (71/2 in) diameter, 4cm (11/2in) deep sandwich cake tins, greased and bases lined with baking parchment.
- Preheat the oven to 180C, 160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4.
- Prepare the cake tins, weigh ingredients and sift the flour 3 times to give it a good airing.
- Make sure the butter and eggs are at room temperature.
- In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a hand held electric whisk until pale and light- about 10 minutes.
- Mix the eggs and vanilla with a fork.
- Gradually whisk the eggs into the creamed mixture- in about 5 parts.
- Beat each addition of egg in well before adding the next.
- Add a little of the sifted flour with the last addition of egg if the mixture looks like it is separating.
- When all the egg has been beaten in, lightly fold in half the flour using a metal tablespoon.
- Then fold in the remaining flour until combined.
- Divide the mixture between the cake tins and spread level.
- bake in the centre of the oven for 20-25 minutes.
- Touch the centre of each cake with your fingertips if they fell springy and no imprint remains, they are done.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tins for 2 minutes, then turn out on to a cooling rack.
- Sandwich the layers together with jam or curd and dust with icing sugar.