How To Make Silver Sponge Cake With Pink Frosting

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May is an ideal month to lớn make a Victoria Sponge Cake… and this year, even more so! Named after Queen Victoria, who used khổng lồ enjoy a slice with her afternoon tea, this traditional cake is still widely eaten today in the United Kingdom. Và with the upcoming royal nuptials taking place on May 19th between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, what better way to lớn enjoy watching this televised sự kiện than with this sweet treat, named after Prince Harry’s great-great-great-great grandmother.

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A Victoria Sponge Cake (or Victoria Sandwich Cake as it’s also known) usually consists of two layers of white cake filled with raspberry or strawberry jam và optional double cream.

It just so happens, National Strawberries và Cream Day is observed annually on May 21st by many foodies… as well as anyone looking for an excuse to pair these two for a divine treat. As well, in Canada, on the second last Monday in May, Victoria Day is celebrated – a national holiday commemorating Queen Victoria’s birthday. More casually, however, the Victoria Day long weekend is considered an unofficial start lớn summer. Acknowledging these two “festivities,” a Victoria Sponge Cake seems quite apropos, as it makes for a light, summery dessert or tasty “tea time” addition.

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(It would, of course, be a great addition khổng lồ any Memorial Day weekend picnic as well!)

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Queen Victoria statue around Hyde Park, in front of Kensington Palace, London
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Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, & Westminster Bridge in London

Serving: 8-10 slices

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter, softened, plus some for greasing pan1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour3-1/4 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon kosher salt3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar3 large eggs, room temperature2 tablespoons whole milk1/2 cup strawberry or raspberry jam, more to lớn taste1 cup heavy cream1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting (optional)1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven khổng lồ 350°F & place rack in the middle. With a small amount of butter, grease the bottoms of two 8-inch round cake pans and line with parchment paper.In a medium bowl, phối together flour, baking powder, và salt.Using the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter và sugar until light và fluffy, for about 3 minutes.Continuing with the mixer bowl, beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well blended, then beat in milk, scraping sides of the bowl as necessary. Mix in flour mixture until all combined.Scoop the mixture into prepared cake pans, smoothing the đứng top evenly.Bake cakes for about 25-30 minutes, until golden brown & springy. (A toothpick in the centre should come out clean.) Let cool for 10 minutes, then turn them onto a wire rack khổng lồ cool completely, flat side down.Transfer one cake (the less attractive one) khổng lồ a serving platter, và spread jam evenly on top, lớn desired thickness.In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip cream, confectioners’ sugar, và vanilla just until it forms stiff peaks. Spoon about half the cream on đứng top of the jam and lightly spread evenly.Place the remaining cake on top.Dust with confectioners’ sugar (optional) và serve immediately, with the extra whipped cream on the side, along with some strawberries for garnish (optional).