The second week of Great British Bake Off was Cake week. For the Signature Bake, the contestants had to create a traybake, the Technical Challenge was to create le Gateau Vert and the Showstopper Challenge was to bake a two-tier chocolate cake. Paul Hollywood actually gave out three of his famous handshakes during the showstopper challenge, and I’m beginning to wonder – along with a lot of other Bake Off viewers – whether they may have lost their value a bit…haha. I baked this before week two for a British themed party, so didn’t make anything that was actually on the show. I decided to bake a Victoria Sponge as I’ve never made one!
I honestly find it shocking that I’ve never made a Victoria Sponge considering how many different things I’ve baked over the past few years. It is the most quintessentially British cake you can make, and one I instantly think of if I think of ‘tea and cake’. You can find the Victoria Sponge recipe I used here. This particular recipe involved sandwiching the cakes together with jam and whipped double cream, which is so much easier and less time consuming than leaving your butter out to make the buttercream. I also think it makes the cake more traditional.
I had fun arranging the photos for this post, as I do for all my food posts, and my Mom also had fun finding props that I could use to make it look very ‘Great British Bake Off’. Unfortunately, the cake would not fit on one of our vintage stands, so we settled on a plain white plate. However, we had a gorgeous vintage tea set of my Nan’s to add into the photo as props, and a tablecloth that my Nan hand embroidered herself.
What’s your favourite cake? If it’s a Lemon Drizzle I have a great recipe!