Thursday, 6 October 2011

Victory-a sponge cake!

After months of trying to sort out an appointment for a very specific reason for Sous Chef J, today was the day I succeeded. With this and the final of Great British Bake Off in mind, we decided to risk making our version of a special sponge cake.  Having trawled the recipe books we went with this one on the Dove's Farm website.

The ingredients needed were:-

100g softened butter
100g caster sugar
2 eggs
2 drops vanilla extract
5ml baking powder (gluten free)
150g gluten free plain flour
45ml milk
First, the butter, sugar and vanilla were creamed together.  Then the eggs were added one at a time. Finally, once the mix was light and fluffy, the baking powder, sifted flour and milk was added.

The mix was then shared between two greased and lined baking tins. These were put in a pre-heated oven (170ÂșC fan) and the timer set for 15 minutes.  The cakes were ready to be removed after just under 20 minutes when they were placed, in their trays to cool, for 10 minutes before being turned out and left to cool fully. 

Once the sponge was cool, a pastry cutter was used to cut small cakelets out.  This was Sous Chef J's idea - spurred on by what he'd seen in the Great British Bake Off final on Tuesday - as he wanted mini cakes.  He chose the tops and bottoms and covered the base of the cakes in raspberry jam.  He made sure the jam went right to the edges of the sponge base. 

Some butter icing was piped onto the jam before the tops were added.

As a final touch, icing sugar was sprinkled over the top. Yum!

Thanks to Jo, the winner of Great British Bake Off 2011, for giving us the idea.


  1. Well done J! They look better than the Great British Bake Off ones. Bet they taste fantastic as well x

  2. You are too kind, Alison! Although can confirm that they are exceptionally tasty :-)

    PS We have a couple of other GBBO inspired minicakes which we'll blog about soon...

  3. I love that you bake gluten free together with your son (and that he's big enough to be the photographer)! My 4year old daughter and I also bake gluten free together. The latest challenge she's put to me is lemon pie. The "Great British Bake Off" has similarly inspired me to take on this challenge this weekend. Maybe I'll finally get the gf pastry right.... Happy baking!

  4. Thanks Jen... we have fun and Sous Chef J has some great ideas (he's far more inventive than me!)