Basic Victoria Sponge Cake

Victoria Sponge is a classic recipe. Named in honor of Queen Victoria, who enjoyed it during a tasting of afternoon tea, this cake is simple and quick to prepare.
By Veronica Lavenia

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Victoria Sponge is a classic of the Anglo-Saxon tradition. Named in honor of Queen Victoria, who appreciated it during a tasting of afternoon tea, this cake is simple and quick to prepare.

The classic recipe consists of butter, raspberries jam or vanilla cream, as filling. In my recipe, the Italian twist is given by Gianduja chocolate spread from Turin (palm oil free). A mild high quality extra virgin olive oil, instead of butter, gives an extra soft texture, making the cake lighter and also suitable for those suffering from lactose or other milk proteins intolerances. Finally, wholemeal Kamut flour, noble unrefined flour, is rich in nutrients and very soft and complete a greedy sweet. Single portion give a touch of elegance and can also be served as a dessert at the end of a meal.

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Basic Victoria Spongecake
 
A classic recipe named in honor of Queen Victoria, who enjoyed it during a tasting of afternoon tea, this cake is simple and quick to prepare.
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Recipe Type: Dessert, Baking
Serves: 8-10 servings
Ingredients
  • 75 ml (3 oz) mild extra virgin olive
  • 100 g (3½ oz) light brown sugar
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 250 (7 oz) wholemeal Kamut flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp organic baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • pinch of sea salt
For the filling:
  • 100 g (3½ oz) Gianduja chocolate spread
  • icing sugar to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).
  2. Mix the oil with brown sugar. Add yolks one at a time, beating each addition.
  3. Pour the sifted flour, baking powder, vanilla and salt, stirring the mixture just enough to mix the ingredients together.
  4. Pour the batter into muffin tins or ramequin, greased or lined with baking paper.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Once cooled, cut the cakes in half and stuffed with Gianduja chocolate spread. Dust, if desired, with icing sugar

 

Veronica Lavenia

Veronica Lavenia

Veronica is a born and raised Italian. She inherited her love for travel, passion for cooking and natural, sustainable, plant based slow food from her parents. Her works have appeared in 'Vegetarian Living', 'Veggie Magazine', 'Lifestyle food', 'Australian Good Food & Travel Guide', 'Chickpea' and 'Free from Heaven', among others. She is the author of "Panini: the simple tastes of Italian style bread"; 'The Rustic Italian bakery" and "The Vegetarian Italian Kitchen", published by New Holland Publishers Australia. Her fourth book, 'A Modern Italian Table: simple everyday natural recipes' will be released in March 2017, for the same publisher.

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