Sunday, 18 March 2012

Mother's Day Sponge

So it's mothers day and what better way to show your appreciation than to bake a nice cake for your mother. After much consideration I decided that a butter sponge cake was the best option because for some weird reason the older generations seen to have an obsession with all things sponge (maybe thats just my family). Hope this earns ye some brownie points with the Mammy!

You will need

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Strawberry jam
  • Strawberries, Chopped,
  • Whipped Cream.
  • Icing sugar and Lemon juice

  1.  Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line the base of two 20cm round cake pans.
  2. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add the flour and milk until just combined. Divide mixture evenly among the prepared pans and use the back of a spoon  to smooth the surface. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and cool in pan for about five minutes before turning on to a wire rack to cool completely. Place one cake on a serving platter.
  5. When cool, spread the jam evenly on top of the base sponge, then spread the whipped cream over that and then the chopped strawberries. Place the top sponge on top.
  6. You can take the lazy option and sprinkle some icing sugar on top or you could go to the effort of combining about 6 table spoons of icing sugar with 2 table spoons of lemon juice to form a thick icing and spread it on top. Place something nice on top, like a flower (make sure she doesn't eat it) or a strawberry!

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely love sponge cakes, mine never seem to work out quite right! Might give this a whirl this weekend though!