You may have heard me mention before on this blog but my favourite cake ever, is a simple Victoria sponge, I just love that cake, and as long as its well made you can pretty much put any filling in it and it will taste like 'a little bit of heaven on a plate'. That's how this blog got its name from a conversation I had with a friend about a Victoria sponge I'd made and that was how I described it to her (she didn't disagree as she was
Here is my twist on a Victoria sponge with a delicious Banoffee filling...to make this you will need, a baked Victoria sponge, in two halves of course, 500ml fresh double cream (you might not use it all but be generous with it), half tin of Dulce Leche, a small banana, one chocolate flake bar (or 2 flakes, but eat one as you go, it always works for me).
1. Make your Victoria sponge, there are thousands of variations around but using the 'weigh your eggs first then use this quantity for butter/sugar/flour method' works well as a combination. Make sure everything is at room temperature, like the butter and free range eggs. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the cake mix to give a lovely flavour and some milk to make it batter like.
2. Whip 500ml of double cream until peaky. Take one half of the sponge and smoother this is in a generous amount of the whipped cream.
3. Chop a small banana and mix this with half a tin of Dulce Leche (this is condensed milk that's been cooked and is quite good for making all kinds of caramel flavoured goodies). Smooth the banoffee mix over the first cream layer. Take a flake bar and crumble this over the top. Then add a second layer of the whipped cream. It doesn't really matter how you layer the filling really, it will still taste good.
4. Put the other layer of sponge on the top and dust the top with with icing sugar. Cut and serve.
NB. This cake is best filled and eaten on the day its made, as slicing into any bananas can cause them to brown (even if they are coated in the Dulce Lette the middles will still go brown).
Not a problem really as its such a yummy cake. Perfect for the October heatwave we are having!
Great British Bake Off programme on BBC 2 gives a very good step by step instruction, with photos of how to make the perfect Victoria sponge. Tesco Books kindly sent me my copy, a surprise to me as I had no idea they had an online bookstore.
|Image from Tesco Books|
The final of the Great British Bake Off is this Tuesday, but if you've been as gripped by all the wonderful bakers creations, stamina and imagination; not to mention Paul Hollywood's steely blue eyes and Mary Berry's wrinkles (sorry Mary!) as I have, you will know this. Sue and Mel as presenters have been just brilliant too, so funny.
I know who I want to win as crowned baker from the series, but have no real clue who actually will win as the three bakers in the final are all different and very good and skilled in slightly different ways. Its anyone's prize.
A number of the bakers from this series have their own blogs and you can follow those blogs that are MY particular favorites below here...they have some great recipes from the series and other equally ingenious creations on these blogs.
All are worth a look.
Mary-Anne Boermans http://timetocookonline.com
Urvahsi Roe http://thebotanicalbaker.wordpress.com
Yasmin Limbert http://yasminlimbert.blogspot.com
Joanne Whitley http://josblueaga.blogspot.com
Holly Bell http://www.recipesfromanormalmum.com
(shame Janet does not have a blog, I really liked Janet) Bring on series three/book three please!
Will you be watching on Tuesday night?
Would you want to enter a bake off like this on TV in front of millions of viewers?
Do you think your baking is good enough?
Have you ever entered a competition with your baking, maybe a local one?
Do you think Paul Hollywood's steely blue eyes are really gripping?