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Vanilla cake

By Sarah Sanderson (GoodFood Community)
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • Allow extra time for decorating.
  • Easy
  • Serves 8
Vanilla sponge cake mix. You can then decorate how you want.
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Ingredients

Cake batter

  • 125g self raising flour
  • 125g softened butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tbl spoon vanilla extract

Filling

  • 125g self raising flour
  • 125g softened butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tbl spoon vanilla extract
  • 200g softened butter
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 1 tbl spoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 drops of food colouring if wanted
  • 5-6 tbl spoons of jam

Topping/decoration

  • 125g self raising flour
  • 125g softened butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tbl spoon vanilla extract
  • 200g softened butter
  • 400g icing sugar
  • 1 tbl spoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 drops of food colouring if wanted
  • 5-6 tbl spoons of jam
  • Buttercream for base topping
  • Fondant to cover whole cake(coloured if preferred)
  • Flowers flowers

Method

  • STEP 1
    Preheat oven to 180'c
  • STEP 2
    Grease cake tin with grease proof paper
  • STEP 3
    Add butter and caster sugar to a mixing bowl. Mix until combined and soft.
  • STEP 4
    Add eggs to sugar and butter mix. Mix until combined into a liquid paste. Also at this point add vanilla extract.
  • STEP 5
    Fold in the flour gently until you get a slightly stiff batter.
  • STEP 6
    Add cake mix to the cake tin and level out by shakimg the tin until service is flat.
  • STEP 7
    Bake for 20-25 mins(until the top is spongy or a cake probe is clear from putting into the top). Tip: try not to open the oven door until at least 20 mins or your cake will collapse in the centre.
  • STEP 8
    Remove from the oven and leave to cool. While your cake is cooling. Mix butter until softened and add icing sugar until its a stiff mixture(always soften butter completely because if not your mix will split). Add vanilla extract to taste and food colouring if wanted.
  • STEP 9
    Once your cake is cooled. Slice directly through the middle. Add jam to bottom of the cake and 2/3 butter cream over the jam (piping looks nicer than spooning the mixture).
  • STEP 10
    Add top of the cake to bottom.
  • STEP 11
    Decorate to your own taste. I use fondant icing and flowers or shapes depending on what the cake is for. You can also just add icing sugar sieved on the top to create a victoria sponge.
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