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    Triple Layer Victoria Sponge - For a Coronation Street Party Celebration!

    With His Majesty’s celebrations fast approaching, it’s natural for us to start fretting about what we’re going to contribute to our street party or barbeque. Well, Bake Off Finalist Kim-Joy is here to save the day with a Victoria Sponge recipe that’s fit for royalty. Take it away Kim…

    The classic Victoria Sponge is simple and wonderful. Light sponge, sweet jam and silky whipped cream; it’s always a crowd pleaser. The traditional method of equal weights of butter, sugar, eggs and flour always works, so the only tweak in my version is that I add a little bit of cornflour into the mix - which creates an extra tender cake. And then this is dressed up as a triple layer cake with both blueberry and strawberry jam, plus a very British lion atop a mountain of fresh fruit; all elements that get this bake ready for a proper Coronation street party celebration!

    Tips to ensure this cake is extra tender, light and delicious: Make sure you cream the butter and sugar for a long time, beat well after adding each egg, don’t overmix after adding the flour, don’t overbake, and use soaked cake strips (this makes a really big difference and is easy to do).

    Serves: 12-16 (You will need three x 23cm diameter cake tins - this makes a big cake fitting for a Coronation street party!)

    Here's what you'll need...

    For the Victoria sponge:
    400g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing (soft and at room temperature)
    Big pinch of salt
    400g caster sugar
    1 tbsp. of vanilla bean paste
    400g eggs - weighed outside their shells (or about 7 medium eggs)
    360g self-raising flour
    40g cornflour (if you don’t have this, you can simply replace it with self-raising flour. The cornflour helps to make the sponge extra light)
    3 tsp. of baking powder
    3-4 tbsp. whole milk

    For the filling and decoration:
    120g good quality blueberry jam
    120g good quality strawberry jam
    600ml double cream
    A big handful each of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
    200g white fondant
    Gel food dyes: yellow, brown, red, blue
    Edible gold paint
    Icing sugar (to dust)
    Mini flag toppers

    Here's how it's done...

    Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 160C (fan). Grease the base and sides of three 23cm round cake tins. Line the base with a circle of baking paper.

    Step 2

    Add the butter, salt and sugar to a large mixing bowl, and use an electric whisk to beat until fluffy and pale in colour, scraping down the bowl a couple of times to ensure everything is whisked well. It’s important to not under whisk at this stage, in order to incorporate as much air as possible. Keep whisking until the mixture is no longer getting any paler in colour. Then, add the vanilla bean paste and whisk in.

    Step 3

    Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition. The mixture may look slightly curdled after adding the last egg simply due to the volume of liquid, but don’t worry about this - it’s normal.

    Step 4

    Sieve in the self-raising flour, cornflour and baking powder. Fold in the dry ingredients using a spatula. Be careful to mix only until just combined; avoid overmixing as this will overdevelop the gluten and result in a tougher cake.

    Step 5

    Add enough milk, until the mixture drops easily off the spatula when lifted up.

    Step 6

    Divide the batter evenly between the three prepared tins. Ideally, wrap each cake tin in a damp tea towel (or use shop bought cake strips) - this will ensure your cake bakes and rises more evenly, rather than simply doming in the middle. If you don’t use cake strips, your cake domes will need trimming, so the overall cake will be flatter.

    Step 7

    Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cakes visibly come away from the sides, and an inserted knife comes out clean.

    Step 8

    Remove from the oven and leave to stand for ten minutes, then turn them out on to cooling racks and peel off the baking paper.

    Step 9

    Whilst the cakes are cooling, you can make the fondant lion (or take a break and use a plastic toy lion for the topper instead!). Use a toothpick in the body of the lion to help prevent it sagging down from the weight of the head. Then, attach the head, and add legs. Use brown fondant to make the mane and create the facial details and paws by following the image. Make a mini crown in white fondant, then paint it with edible gold paint.

    Step 10

    When the cakes are cool, place one layer onto your serving plate, then spoon over the blueberry jam, spreading it to the edges. Whip the cream until soft peaks, and spoon a small amount into a piping bag. Cut a large opening (or use a large round piping tip), then pipe blobs of cream all around the circumference of the cake. Pipe or spoon the cream into the centre.

    Tip: Fill your piping bag with small amounts of cream at a time - the squeezing action can cause the cream at the top of the bag to end up overwhipped if the bag is filled up too much.

    Step 11

    Place the second layer of cake on top, and repeat - this time using the strawberry jam. Place the third layer of cake on top and dust the whole cake with icing sugar. Then spoon the remaining cream into the centre, and top with a pile of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Place the lion on top of the mountain of fruit and decorate with mini flags for a proper Coronation street party celebration!

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