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Victoria Sponge Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (& a twist)

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Baking is a joy. For me, its more of a phase. A crazy phase that my family extremely enjoys. So, this time they wanted me to bake a Tea cake for their evening tea times. What I originally wanted to make was a Pie. But, the astronomy club that I’m a member of, had their 1000th member celebrations and because I had made my intention clear to them to bake a cake for that, I was requested to bake one. 

Now the trouble was, Family can’t eat too much sugar, nor do I like it much. So keeping in view the health of the diabetic patients at home and the requests for cakes from everywhere, I decided to kill 3 birds with one Bake.

I made a Victoria Sponge cake (single layered) for my family to go with their tea, and decorated it with some sugar cookies depicting a Rocket and a star to satisfy The astronomy. For the frosting, I pushed my baking skills by making Vanilla ButterCream frosting, All BY MYSELF! Woah! That’s really something I am happy about. It turned out so great. Infact there were two moments when I was extremely proud of baking this cake because I have to admit, up until now, I was no good at baking. If you remember my Happy Cake, you’d know that I used the leftover cream of puff cakes to decorate that one. Simply because I was terrified of making some myself. So this time, 2 things made me extremely happy. 1: The moment my cake mixture turned out so velvet soft, oeey goeey and yum yum that me , my mum and my cousin actually ate bit of it standing there in the kitchen. Yes, it happened before the mixture actually went into the oven. Amazing! 2: The ButterCream frosting was a huge success. Soft, perfectly sugared, and oh my God, I was having tears of joy in my eyes.

What’s your secret weapon for rocking this cake, Khanum? Homemade butter. That’s right! I used homemade butter in the cake and for the frosting, as well. As Julia Child said, Use Butter if you’re afraid of cream. I say, Use homemade butter if you’re sick of processed butter. And you won’t be afraid of the results, trust me. But, wait! I had another weapon!! The electric egg beater.

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That’s a tiny telescope cookie, by the way. Cute, eh!

Victoria Sponge Cake with Vanilla Buttercream frosting
This cake made with love and super easy steps will only leave you extremely satisfied and over joyed.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
For the sponge cake
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 cup sugar (icing/caster sugar)
  3. 1 and a half cup Butter. Softened.
  4. 1 tsp Baking powder (Please note, you use baking soda with baking powder in the cookies. Avoid it in cake if possible, else no big deal. I accidentally used half tsp baking soda in my cake and it still turned out great)
  5. Few drops Vanilla Essence (optional)
  6. And finally, 3 eggs.
For the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  1. 1 cup softened butter (I used homemade butter for both the cake and the frosting)
  2. 2 Cups icing sugar
  3. Half tsp Vanilla Essence
  4. 2-4 Tbsp Milk
For the cake
  1. Separate the egg whites in a dry and clean bowl and beat them until the egg whites are turned to foam. Make sure there's no egg yolk in it.
  2. In a new bowl, cream the butter using electric mixer. If you are confident about your hands, that can also work fine.
  3. Add the egg yolks in the whipped butter and beat them together for 2 minutes.
  4. Gently add in the sugar.
  5. When the sugar and the egg yolks mixture is beautifully done and is looking like a shiny mixture of sheer yellow happiness, add in the flour, Vanilla Essence and the baking powder.
  6. Beat the mixture for 3 minutes.
  7. Now gently, fold in the last ingredient, the whipped egg whites into the mixture, and using a baking spatula, mix it well. Be gentle. Fold it in and not angrily beat the mixture.
  8. Get your baking pan ready and bake the cake for about 45 minutes in the already hot oven.
  9. Sometimes, the cake may take an hour to properly cook from the inside, depending upon the heat you provide it.
For the Buttercream Frosting
  1. Whip the cream.
  2. Add in the sugar and Vanilla Essence and cream it well.
  3. After 2-3 good minutes of whipping with the electric mixture, pour 2 tbsp of Milk in it. You may add more milk for your preferred consistency. But beware, do not overdo it.
Notes
  1. Don't mind with the decoration. Just enjoy it in whatever way you like it. Put the cream on top of your slice and have a mouth full.
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  • Syed Roshaan

    I love this post. I really like the close ups!! Those tiny details on the cake, the way you wrote LAST…. these little sugar balls you sprinkled on the zeros in 1000.

    • Khanum

      Thank you, Roshaan. It probably wasn’t the best astronomy cake decoration wise but I am glad I tried and everyone liked its taste. This was definitely my 1st perfect cake and frosting.

  • Syed Roshaan

    Oh!! And that awesome altazimuth mount telescope…. Lol. This is very special for LAST! Thank you!!!

    • Khanum

      I am very glad to be a part of LAST. Now you all have something to remember me by.

  • Kero

    Khanum, if you only you are so near, I’d love an afternoon tea with you and share me your culinary secrets and adventures!

    baking and cooking are my therapy. I wish though i can bake more but Hubby isn’t so fond of cakes and pastries it is banana cake loaf every other week! I can make them with my eyes close.

    • Khanum

      Kero, you know what , I would love to have tea with you, too. In fact when I visit Dubai, insha’Allah, in near future, We would surely meet up 🙂