There is a special place in heaven for kids that can bake amazing cakes. Not only that there is something wonderful about having a child that can pull off making the perfect victoria sponge cake. The queen of all cakes, a sponge cake can seem really simple, but can be tricky to get just right.
The Vitoria Sponge is the perfect tea time winner and classic cake that has been around since Queen Victoria’s times. Delicious, simple and moreish and we like ours with strawberry jam and fresh cream, although a purist might tell you it should be jam only.
The perfect Victoria Sponge
- 180g/6.5oz of Soft butter (we used Stork with Butter)
- 180g /6.5ozCaster sugar
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- 180g/6.5oz of Self Raising Flour
- 1-2 Tablespoons of milk
How to make the perfect Victoria Sponge
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Grease and line 2 x 20cm/8in sandwich tins.: use a piece of baking paper to rub a little baking spread or butter around the inside of the tins until the sides and base are lightly coated. Line the bottom of the tins with a circle of baking paper (to do this, draw around the base of the tin onto the paper and cut out).
Tip– Use a piece of baking paper to rub a little baking spread or butter around the inside of the tins until the sides and base are lightly coated. Line the bottom of the tins with a circle of baking paper (to do this, draw around the base of the tin onto the paper and cut out)
Cream together the fat, for us that was Stork with butter and the caster sugar and cream. This is where the Sage Scraper Mixer Pro comes into its own. Firstly it has a mixer attachment wich has runner edges, kind of like a windscreen wiper so that it gets all of the butter from the edge of the bowl meaning no scraping needed and secondly it has a gauge on the side which helps you pick the right speed to use for each option.
Tip – The secret to the perfect victoria sponge is all about creaming the butter and sugar (according to the master that was my Mum). You need to mix until the mixture lightens and “creams” together, but not to much as you will mix all the air out of the mixture.
Add the vanilla extract and then add an egg at a time with a third of the flour each time using a lower speed and a tablespoon or two of milk to give it a smooth consistency.
We love the splash cover and extra large feeding area. it is great for kids as they do bot have to be super accurate when adding the eggs and flour.
Divide the mixture equally between the cake tins using a spatula to remove all of the mixture from the bowl and gently smooth the surface of the cakes.
Cook in the middle of your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. DO not be tempted to open the door while they’re cooking, but after 20 minutes look through the door to check them. The cakes are done when they’re golden-brown and coming away from the edge of the tins. Press them gently to check – they should be springy to the touch
Remove them from the oven and set aside to cool in their tins for five minutes. Then run a palette or rounded butter knife around the inside edge of the tin and carefully turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack.
Tip – to take your cakes out of the tins without leaving a wire rack mark on the top, put the clean tea towel over the tin, put your hand onto the tea towel and turn the tin upside-down. The cake will come out onto your hand and the tea towel. Then turn it from your hand onto the wire rack. Allow to cool completely.
To assemble the cake, place one cake upside down onto a plate and spread it with plenty of jam. Then spread over with whipped cream. Dust the top with icing sugar and serve.
The Sage Scraper Mix Pro Review
We were sent the Sage Scrapper Mixer Pro to review and we thought that a victoria sandwich was a great test for the machine as it put both the scraper beater to the test and also the whisk for the whipped cream. The Sage Scrapper Mixer Pro costs £299.99 so it is an investment piece, but saying that it isn’t the most expensive mixer on the market and we already had a Kenwood K-Mix, so that is what we pitted our new mixer against.
What we loved:
- This is such a child-friendly machine with the timer and the speed settings on the side.
- The splatter guard is great and has a really wide feed.
- The 1000w motor is powerful but quiet.
- It has a classic look of my Mum’s old Kenwood Chef.
- The release switch is on the top of the mixer and easy to use (even for kids) and the added handle at the front makes it even easier.
- You can push extra cord into the machine.
- The fact that the scraper beater is included in the price.
- £299.99 is under the cost of a number of mixers on the market (Oh it is only £269.99 on Amazon at the moment – affiliate link)
What we weren’t keen on:
- Our Kenwood k-Mix had the ability to add attachments including a mincer attachment which I use all the time, so I would have loved the ability top add to the machine.
- The looks are not to everyone’s taste. The husbeast preferred the retro look for my K-Mix.
- It would be nice to have a glass bowl so you can see inside easier.
- The controls are all on the opposite side than what we are used to!
I think that fact that the Sage Scraper Mixer Pro has replaced my Kenwood on our kitchen counter says it all!
Disclosure – We were sent a Sage Mixer Scraper Pro for the purpose of the post. We love it and it now has taken the place of our old mixer!