Filipinos love to follow Britain’s Royal Family and I found many Americans are just as obsessed. We look forward to watching Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle this weekend. In solidarity, I baked my version of the British Victoria Sandwich, a popular sponge cake in the UK. A few years ago, while my son was studying in London, we visited Great Britain and did what most tourists do. We went to Windsor Castle, to Buckingham Palace, to Kensington Palace at The Orangery and had afternoon tea. I imagined I was royalty as I poured my steaming pot of Earl Grey into the dainty cup. And following everyone’s whispers around me about the Victoria Sandwich, I had a slice.
Whenever we travel, one of the things I like to bring back home with me, as a souvenir, is a recipe. Usually, a recipe of a dish we enjoyed. Recreating it in my American kitchen is always a delight. When I do, then the good memories of the vacation come rushing back. In this case, we had tasted the Victoria Sandwich more than once, so that I had an idea how to do it.
The Victoria Sandwich is a sponge cake. It is said to have been named after Queen Victoria. The Queen was said to have adopted the craze for afternoon tea time started by one her ladies-in-waiting. By 1855, the Queen and her ladies were in formal dress for the Victorian tea time parties. This simple sponge cake was one of the queen’s favorites and was named in honor of the Queen (see Food.com).
The Victoria Sandwich we enjoyed at The Orangery consisted of two moist layers of vanilla sponge cake, and had a tangy raspberry jam and heavy cream in the center . But other versions of the cake have used lemon curd. My sons relish desserts and dishes that have lemon and citrus flavors so I slathered on the lemon curd between cake layers. Lemon curd is best when it’s homemade. The tart sweetness is a scrumptious contrast to the rich, heavy cream, and complements the sponge cake’s vanilla flavor. If there is no time to make homemade lemon curd, there are good artisan brands available. If lemon is not preferred, spread a layer of seedless raspberry jam in between both sponge cakes. Follow the rest of the process with the heavy cream.
While I put the finishing touches to this luscious coffee cake, I recalled interesting facts about Filipinos living in Europe. In my article about Filipino-British Chef Roni Bandong which published on Positively Filipino, my research revealed that the UK has a Filipino population of about 100,000 and London is the gateway to Europe for many kababayans. So, like the rest of the world, with our slices of Victoria Sandwich and a pot of tea, we’ll be watching the Royal Wedding and cheering on the prince and his bride. Filipinos love weddings. Weddings affirm our beliefs in family, love and life. Weddings are at the heart of every cultural tradition.
British Victoria Sandwich - Sponge Cake
- Two Round Cake Pans - 8 Inches in diameter each
- 3 whole eggs
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened at room temperature
- 1/2 cup + 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cup self-rising cake flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sweet lemon curd homemade or artisan store-bought
- 1 cup heavy cream whipped
- 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar to sprinkle on cake
- 1 to 2 pieces fresh ripe strawberries sliced, for garnish
- for serving: tea
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
- Grease and flour 2 round cake pans, about 8 inches in diameter. Line both with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Using a cake mixer, cream butter with the sugar in a large bowl till light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs, making sure to beat well after each addition.
- Sift the self-rising cake flour together with salt and fold by hand with a large spatula into the mixture .
- Beat at high speed in the mixer for about 2 minutes.Lastly, add the vanilla.
- Divide batter equally between the 2 prepared cake pans. Bake for 23 to 25 minutes at 350 F degrees. Test if done by sticking a toothpick on top. If toothpick is clean, cake is done.
- When done, turn cakes over and cool on cake rack for at least 1 hour before filling the heavy cream and lemon curd.
- When cake layers have cooled, spread some lemon curd on one layer.
- Then spread the beaten heavy cream over the other cake layer. Using a spatula, spread both center fillings evenly.
- Put together the Victoria cake layers like a sandwich, with the curd and cream in between.
- Sprinkle the top and sides with confectioner's sugar. Serve a generous slice with a big pot of freshly made tea.
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