Saturday 8 October 2016

3 Year Anniversary and a Victoria Sponge!

I've been treated like an absolute princess!

The 4th of October marked 3 whole years of William putting up with me in his life. I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty impressive, seeing how temperamental relationships can be these days, (and how much I scrutinise his washing up methods) I know I count my blessings daily to have found such a good egg :)

My favourite part of the day was the superb choice of card by Wilma himself, a Pugtato....basically a pug in the shape of a potato. It makes me smile all day long.

He turned up at the door after work laden with flowers (dreamboat) and bought us tickets to see Peter Pan at the National! My all time favourite film, so I am wriggling in my seat with excitement to see this in November.

I had 2 hours whilst William was out the house to bake his favourite Victoria Sponge and as you can see, not my neatest work! I also lost a baking tin so it's slightly more vertically challenged than I had hoped for! But tasty all the same :) topped off with fresh berries, whipped cream and raspberry jam, mmmmmmmmm.

As per, it lasted about 24 hours before the entirety was in our bellies.

If you'd like to bake this viccy sponge, here's what you'll need //

175g caster sugar
175g butter
3 eggs
few drops vanilla extract
175g self raising flour
As many fresh berries as you'd like
350ml double cream
big dollops of raspberry jam

What to do//

Preheat oven to 180 degrees (fan). Grease and line two baking tins - one which is approx 18cm x 7cm and a smaller one approx 10cm x 6cm

Cream together your butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in your eggs one at a time and add the vanilla extract.

Sift in your flour a third at a time and fold in until all the mixture is thoroughly combined.

Pour two thirds of your mixture into the big baking tin and one third into the small tin.

Bake together in the oven but check your smaller cake at about 20-25 mins and the larger cake at 35-40 mins until a skewer comes out clean.

Leave to cool on a wire rack.

When completely cooled, carefully slice both sponges in half with a cerated knife and whip up your double cream with an electric whisk until it thickens.

Spread generous helpings of raspberry jam between each half, pipe your whipped cream and decorate with handfuls of fresh berries.

Tuck into a substantial slice accompanied by a cup of tea and your favourite person!

Yes that is my substantial slice...

And yes that is a wooly jumper because it's officially AUTUMN and I love Autumn!!! Taking full advantage of wrapping up in bundles of clothing :)

Also does anyone else really enjoy the smell of radiators?

I realise that sounds odd, not actually sticking your nose on a radiator and smelling it, but that sort of musky, heat smell that makes you want to roll yourself in a duvet with unnecessarily thick socks on?

I've gone severely off topic.

Enjoy your cakes and weekends everyone! And if you're at the Cake and Bake Show - I'm well jel, have funnn!

Betty x

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  1. A beautiful cake! Happy anniversary :-))) x

  2. That is the cutest little viccy sponge! Happy anniversary too, William sounds a proper sweetheart!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

  3. I love that dinky cake Betty, it's soooo cute! Congratulations on your anniversary too. Hubby always comments on my dry-up skills saysing that it's 'Yorkshire drying' (cos i seem to leave them a we bit damp) and hubby goes to the other extreme of almost rubbing away the pattern of the crockery just to make sure it's dry ;-)
    Angela x

    1. Haha that made me laugh out loud, young William is also a Yorkshire lad ! So maybe it's a theme :) Isn't it the dinkiest!! Thanks so much Angela xx

  4. Happy Anniversary to you both! What a lovely way to celebrate and a vic sponge is such a classic too!

    Musings & More

  5. I have that pugtato card framed on my wall! We SO would be best friends haha, you are painfully right!

    And I think this cake looks absolutely amazing...but even if you don't - it still all goes down the same way! I bet he was right chuffed. You total cutie.

    Happy anniversary to you total babes, cheersin' for ya.

    Katie xx

    1. You. Make. My. Day.
      And I can't believe you have the Pugtato card framed pahaha, it makes me so happy, it'll have pride of place above my mirror so I can smile each morning :) xx


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