The weather here in the UK has been rainy and gloomy this week. I thought we needed a cake to cheer us up and remind us that Summer is on the way, although it may not seem like it.
I had some homemade lavender sugar which I thought I would use to make a Victoria Sponge and fill the cake with freshly whipped cream, homemade strawberry jam and fresh strawberries. It went down very well as an after school afternoon tea treat on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.
Lavender and Strawberry Victoria Sponge
200g softened butter
220g caster sugar, or use half lavender sugar and half caster sugar
3 medium free range eggs
225g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking powder
4 Tblsp/60ml milk, I used semi skimmed
Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan. Grease and line two 20cm/8inch cake tins.
Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, I used my stand mixer. Gradually add each egg one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift the flour and baking powder together. Fold into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk.
Divide the mixture evenly between the two prepared cake tins and smooth the surface. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in to the centre of the cakes comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Once the cakes have cooled completely fill them with whipped cream, jam and fruit then sprinkle the top with icing sugar and decorate as you wish.
One of my favourite blogging challenges is Simple and in Season hosted by Ren Behan and I am linking up this delicious cake.
I am entering this cake into Love Cake hosted by JibberJabberUK, the theme this month is Vintage.
I'm also linking up with the Family Foodies Challenge created by Eat Your Veg and Bangers and Mash, the theme this month is Al Fresco. This cake would be perfect for an afternoon tea in the garden on a sunny day.
Four Seasons Food has a theme of Red this month and lovely strawberries are red so I have joined in with that blog challenge as well. Four Seasons Food was created by Eat Your Veg and Delicieux. but is being hosted this month by The Spicy Pear.