Mini Victoria Sponges!

These mini Victoria sponge cakes are perfect for kids' parties or wrap them up for someone special in gift boxes. They're extremely versatile and can be simply adapted (e.g. to make chocolate sponges). These delectable little cakes went down a treat with my family and friends!


For the cake:
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g unsalted butter, softened, plus a little for greasing
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g self raising flour, sieved
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
For the filling:
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g icing sugar, sifted
  • A drop of vanilla extract
  • 340g jar good quality British strawberry jam (or raspberry)
  • Caster sugar to decorate
1. Heat oven to 190C (gas mark 5). Fill a cupcake tray with 12 cases.

2. Beat together the unsalted butter and sugar in a large bowl with a wooden spoon or preferably with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. This can take up to 10 mins.

3. Break the eggs into a small bowl and add the vanilla extract. Beat the mixture lightly with a fork. We decided to use a handheld, wheel-turner whisk.

4. Add the egg very gradually to the mixture. Do this slowly to avoid curdling. If the mix does curdle, add a tablespoon of flour. Once all the eggs are in, fold in the flour with a large metal spoon. The mixture should be of dropping consistency, if not add a little milk.

5. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases and bake for about 20 minutes ot until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Remove cakes from cases and leave to cool on a cooling rack.

 6. To make the butter icing: Beat the unsalted butter until smooth and creamy, then gradually beat in the icing sugar. Beat in vanilla extract.

7. Cut the cakes in half with a sharp knife (horizontally through the middle of the cake). Spread the butter cream on the bottom half of the cake, followed by a teaspoon of jam. Sandwich the top half of the cake. Dust with a little caster sugar before serving.

8. Keep in airtight container and eat within 2 days.

These cakes were easy to make and the timings on baking gave a perfect sponge consistency! The jam and buttercream together, however, were slightly over-powering. So, I'd recommend adding a very thin layer of both fillings. 4/5

Happy Baking!


Seaside Bakes!

Hi, it's Rosa here. I'm so sorry I haven't been posting much, but I've had some friends over for the week and they've certainly been keeping me busy! However, I can redeem myself. Tarryn and I are taking a trip to my holiday home by the sea-side. Could this mean some themed bakes? Either way, it gives us the opportunity to bake-bake-bake! We're currently looking into possible bakes and I've found a few tasty ideas! So, keep your eyes open and contact us (pink envelope on side of blog) for your suggestions.

Seaside-themed Cupcakes
Sheringham Beach

Happy Baking!


Sinfully Sweet Honey Cupcakes

So sweet and sticky! These cupcakes are quite rich, but taste so good! They're easy to through together and take no time to bake. The taste is so unique; the honey flavour is clearly there, but isn't too strong. These little sugar-packed delights are perfect for those with a sweet tooth!

  • 125g clear honey
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 75g light soft brown sugar
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
1) Preheat the oven to 180°C and prepare a cupcake tray with cupcakes cases.
2) In a small pan, weigh out the sugar, honey and butter. Place this on a low heat and stir until melted. Make sure to stir often, otherwise the mixture will stick to the bottom of the pan. When melted, take off the heat and leave to cool.

3) Next you can either pour the mixture into a medium bowl or leave in the pan. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until combined.

4) Pour the batter into the cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 7-9 minutes. You can prepare the icing/decoration in this time. Remember to stick a skewer in the center to check if they are done; if it comes out clean, they are baked.  The cakes should be golden brown.

5) Take them out of the oven and leave in the tray for several minutes. Then place them onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
6) When cool, you can ice or decorate them as you please! I iced mine with buttercream- my favourite- and drizzled honey on top. However I would advise you to not put the honey on, it made them quite rich!

A little too sweet for me, but my friends loved them! Sinfully sweet and rather rich, sweet tooths will love these! 4/5
Happy baking!


Next bake

Later today I will be posting a recipe and video tutorial for Honey Cupcakes, keep your eyes open! -Tarryn



You would think that the summer holidays would give us plenty of free time to bake, but no. We've been too busy to do anything! Rosa and I are trying to meet up again so that we can blogblogblog without interruptions. Will try to bake soon! -Tarryn