Mary Berry is a popular television personality and cookbook author. She has shared how to make a Victoria sponge cake with little effort.
Four free range eggs
225g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
225g baking spread, or butter at room temperature
Two teaspoons baking powder
Mary shared the recipe in an unearthed video for BBC’s Children in Need in 2010.
She explained the simple recipe used the “all in one” baking method, which means putting all the ingredients in the bowl and mixing.
Mary stated: “Making a Victoria sandwich is very simple, particularly if you use the ‘all in one’ method.
“This means putting all the ingredients at once into the bowl and giving it a good beat.”
To begin, preheat the oven to 180C, or 160C fan.
In a large bowl, add four eggs, sugar, self-raising flour, baking powder and baking spread, or butter.
“Take a mixer and mix it until the ingredients are all combined,” she continued.
Mary shared advice on how to know when the mixture is ready and warned against overmixing.
She added: “You know when you’ve got to the right consistency when there’s no surplus flour round the outside of the bowl and there’s no fatty bits. Don’t overmix it.
“When you pick up the beater, or you pick up some with a spoon, it should drop back into the mixture. [It will be] a soft, dropping consistency.”
Once the mixture is combined, put equal amounts into two tins and level off.
Put both tins in the pre-heated oven on one shelf for about 25 minutes.
Mary said: “I’m going to keep an eye on them towards the end of the cooking process to make sure they are an even light brown and shrinking away from the side of the tin.”
When done, remove the cakes and leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes before removing and allowing to cool fully.
Once cooled, bakers can spread strawberry jam, and cream if desired, on top of one of the sponges.
Then place the other cake on top to complete the Victoria sandwich.
Finish by dusting with caster sugar on top.
She continued: “I think this is a perfect Victoria sandwich and I know all the family are going to enjoy it.”
Mary has many simple and delicious baking recipes.
She has shared these various times on the small screen and in her cooking books.