Sunday, 8 July 2012

Not Quite Mary Berry...

If you've read my blog before then you'll know I'm quite fond of baking. You may not know that getting a new job and the fact our oven is definitely hotter than it should be all the time. I really should have known better than to try a Mary Berry recipe in our oven because it's sure to disappoint me. However, it was recently both Father's Day and as Victoria Sponge is his favourite I had to try the classic that is Mary Berry's recipe. I was really hoping for something that looked like this...


Mine was rather too brown, a little dry and not quite as perfectly level and looked like this...


Height wise I think I nailed (thin layers never look so appealing) it but I really, really do need to invest in a thermometer for the oven! I had tried my new springform glass bottom cake tins but nobody thought to tell me that the cake sticks to the glass. I thought it didn't, which is why I brought them! Thankfully, my dad is a fan of cream in his Victoria Sponge so that helped cover over the cracks I made. 

Have any of you tried this recipe? Did you go for classic Victoria Sponge, lemon or chocolate? I would love to hear your tips if you have or if you have a better recipe for me to try?

17 comments:

  1. That cake looks yummy!! It's been years' since I last baked a cake!!
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  2. Looks delicious! I'm more of a chocolate cake kinda gal but i could certainly go for some of this yumminess! x

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    1. I made a chocolate one yesterday Laura and my dad said: "I'm not that impressed." Yet, he doesn't really like chocolate cake. My sister thought it was yummy.

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  3. Here's a secret that nobody really knows -- I'm crap at cooking, but I am pretty good at baking. I just don't brag about it because then people want me to bake stuff for them, and I am not into serving others. Plus, I don't want to be expected to bring something to someone's house when I visit. So shhhhhh. Let's keep this between us (and the blogosphere).

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    1. Haha! Your secret is safe with us...

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  4. I think that looks pretty darn tasty! I had loads of struggles with Victoria Sponge until I invested in an oven thermometer- the best tenner I've spent on my oven!

    Thank you for your comment on the Dundee Cake too x

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    1. I think I really need to invest in one Kate! Our oven is only a year old but the thermometer in it has had to be fixed three times already... It may be time to take matters into my own hands.

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  5. Mmmmmm that looks awesome, victoria sponge is so underrated!
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  6. This looks so tasty! I really want to get into baking xxx

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  7. ive never baked something like this, but it looks delicious anyways! :)

    natalie
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  8. I love a classic Victoria sponge...this looks so yummy!

    Sophie x

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  9. It looks delicious! I made my dad a Victoria Sponge for fathers day too, never sure what to get him & you can't go wrong with cake! :)

    Caroline x
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  11. What is with people and posting cakes lately? Ugh... I could really go for some cake right now...

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  12. This looks sooo good!

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  13. So yummy! xo

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