All you need is sugar, flour, butter, eggs, and baking powder. Jam if you like, cream if you desire.
It's so easy, really, truly, easy. (Recipe to follow below.)
I borrowed the recipe from this lovely book:
(Available on amazon for a song.)
I also checked the recipe against Granny's Favorites Cook book, just to be sure.
They were identical.
I did a run through on 6/13 and was so glad I did...it ended up being flatter than a pancake because I forgot to use "self raising" flour....I googled it, and all I needed to do was add baking powder. Whew!
Fresh, real raspberries were added to raspberry jam and put it in the middle like this:
A sprinkling of icing sugar would have been lovely-making it less rich. I like it like this in high summer. However....
I wanted it to be extra decadent, so I whipped loads of cream and topped it in the middle, and all over the outside with it.
It's THREE lush layers of sponge, jam, and cream.
3 eggs (large)
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter (2 sticks for American butter)
Beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Put the butter and sugar together and whisk with a machine until fluffy and light in color. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the baking powder to the flour, pour all at once into the butter mixture and mix with a spatula or wooden spoon. (Not sure why it says that, but okay.)
Now pour your batter into a cake tin that is lined with wax paper. Bake at 180 C for 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. This batch only gives me one layer, because I wanted a thicker cake and I have 9 inch cake tins. So, if you're using 8 inch tins, it might be enough for two layers.
The book said it was enough for two, but again, I wanted a very tall cake.
Add fresh berries to your jam if you like. The book said 3 tbsp jam, but I used about 1/4 cup.
Another reason to cover it with cream---less than perfect cake layers. Mine are never perfect, much to my consternation.
Whip the heavy cream (if using) for about 4 minutes with your machine. It happens all of a sudden-so watch it.
Once it's thick, spread it on with a spatula.
Whoop there it is!
I made a new pattern today for an apron. I'm thinking of making it a little longer, adding pockets, and fixing the bust line a bit so there is no puckering at the side. I hope to offer this pattern soon for download, if I can figure out the software... :/
What do you think?
Have a super lovely Father's Day.
Don't forget to tell your daddy you love him. ♥