Home made cake for the perfect Birthday tea

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It's no secret that we love cake. Especially home made cake!

custrad cream cake

Today is Tony's Birthday so we we got our bake on and surprise him with an extra special treat for his Birthday tea, one that combines two of our favourite things, a custard cream and a Victoria sponge. Because as much as I love a traditional butter icing, Tony prefers freshly whipped cream and Eva requested the jam and there's no point in making a cake for someone on their Birthday with butter icing if they don't like it, no matter how much you do!

baking wood paper scissors

At Wood Paper Scissors we're know for our love of warm cup of tea and a slab of cake, but it may surprise you to hear I am not much of a cake baker, I am more competent at scones, cookies and quiche, so I usually buy a nice shop bought cake for a Birthday instead.

fike hygge

But this year I decided I can't go through life not being able to bake a simple sponge. I owe it to myself, my family and my business! So armed with a nice silicon pan (a custard cream one we already had but you can buy it here), an electric whisk, an oven thermometer - so I don't end up with a burned cake top (this actually worked a treat!) and a keen 9 year old assistant, I set to work.

eva star baker

I used this simple recipe:

  • 200g caster sugar

  • 200g softened butter

  • 4 eggs

  • 200g self raising flour

  • 1tsp baking powder

  • 2tbsp milk

  • Splash of vanilla essence

  • vistoria sponge recipe
  • It's such an easy cake, I put all the ingredients in one bowl, sieving in the flour last before mixing it with an electric whisk until it's a smooth batter.
  • birthday hygge tea with wood paper scissors
  • Grease you cake tin, pour in the mix, level off and place in a preheated over 190oC. I baked this in one pan for 50 minutes but you could do it in the traditional way using two tins and diving the mixture in half, these will cook in 20-25 minutes.
  • custard cream coaster
  • Leave to cool on a wire tray and enjoy cemented together with lashings of whipped cream and strawberry jam. Serve with a lovely mug of tea, preferably Smugglers and of course your favourite wooden coaster.
  • Enjoy!


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