Welcome to the Great British Bake Off technical challenge series! Each week, we will explore a new scrummy english baked classic. This victoria sandwich recipe was inspired by episode 1’s technical challenge. It has two layers of heavy butter cake sandwiched with raspberry jam and whipped cream. Cheers!
I like to think that miss mary berry would be proud of my victoria sandwich. Paul, on the other hand, would find some fault somewhere, I’m sure. He would look up at me from under his eyebrows and tsk tsk and tell me it looks a bit of a mess. That is okay, Paul Hollywood. I can’t see your disappointment over my luscious slice of victoria sandwich cake, topped with extra raspberry jam, extra whipped cream, and oh heck extra raspberries, too.
If you have not yet become 100% addicted to the Great British Bake Off, hellooooooo. Where HAVE you been??? It is only the most brilliant food show ever. In sharp contrast to the screaming matches that always seem to occur in American food shows (here is lookin at you, Hell’s Kitchen), the Great British Baking show is filled with sunshine and smiles and friendly hugs and contestants helping each other out with words of encouragement. They bake victoria sandwiches in a tent in the English countryside and there are bunnies and butterflies and happiness. You think I’m exaggerating or that I’ve gone stark raving mad. But watch it. You will see.
As I watched this show, I realized everything I never knew I don’t know about baking. I may be able to make a cookie or a scone or a loaf of bread or a generic cake with the best of them. But start handing out technical challenges with all sorts of detailed requirements and yikes! So, I had this crazy idea to start baking my way through the technical challenges, until I master each of them.
Victoria sponge is most closely associated with an American pound cake–a heavier, more dense cake thanks to the butter fat. (I know . . . sshhhh . . . there is no fat in cake. Comfort your inner fat girl (or boy). Better yet, give her a piece of cake.) And unfortunately, we don’t get double cream here in the States, so whipped heavy cream will have to do . . .
Ees okay. I eat victoria sandwich cake now.