22 June 2014

Lime Scented Victoria Sponge Cake with Lime Curd


I call this Lime Scented Victoria Sponge Cake, because I added some lime peel to the cake batter and the smell was divine, but the resulting taste of lime was very subtle.

I made this cake in thanks for a kind deed.

Our all-round fabulous maintenance man at work Malcolm (he can fix or construct anything) and I were chatting about scrapyards one day.  I know, how does this connect to cakes? I'm getting to that part.

Vegetable pieWe were talking about scrapyards because he's planning a wedding and buying lots of vintage plates for their garden party and I was interested in the food props that scrapyards can offer up.

So we got around to talking about props and I asked Malcolm if he knew were I could go to get some boards made and he kindly offered to make me some.

They've made such a difference to my photos, it's funny how a background can change the style of a photo completely.

In thanks I made Malcolm a Lime Scented Victoria Sponge Cake with Lime Curd. It was a bit of a late thank you but he enjoyed it and appreciated the thought.

The lime curd was homemade. I made it in my new Froothie Optimum 9400 blender and it only took minutes to make. None of the usual 30 minutes of arm-aching beating.
blender lime curd
It was frothy and sweet, but lovely and tart too. The perfect filling for a Victoria sponge cake.  Malcolm decided to share it in the staff room as his bride to be is watching her figure for the wedding. Yes, I should have considered that. I'll have to make another for him to take home after the wedding.

If you're vegan I also have a recipe for a vegan victoria sponge cake that came out a treat. A little moist, but full of delicious vanilla flavour.


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Lime Scented Victoria Sponge Cake
A light and fluffy Victoria sponge cake scented with lime. A traditional and foolproof recipe I use a lot.
Ingredients
  • 225g soft butter butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 225g self-raising four sieved
  • a little milk to loosen the cake batter (if required)
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/350F/gas 4.2. Rub a little softened butter around two x 18cm/7in sandwich tins. Then place a circle of greaseproof paper on the base of each tin. I've started buying pre-cut circles of greaseproof paper.3. Cream the softened butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. You can use a electric hand blender, a stand mixer or develop your muscles and beat by hand.4. Whisk the eggs and beat in a little at a time. If it look like it is separating add a little flour.5. Start gradually adding the flour a heaped spoonful at a time and folding in with a cutting motion, using a metal spoon, so you don't loose all the air you have added.6. Divide your mixture between the two sandwich tins. Smooth the top and pop both tins in the oven. Bake for 20 -25 minutes until the cakes are golden and a skewer comes out clean. 7. Once they have cooled a little, remove from the tins and leave to cool on a wire rack. Fill with your favourite filling. I like whipped cream and curd.8. Enjoy!
Details
Total time:
Yield: Makes a 2 layer sponge cake

Victoria Sponge Fillings:

Whipped cream and
For a vegan version:



I'm entering my recipe into 3 food blogging challenges:
  1. Bake Fest by Cooks Joy
  2. Family Foodies by Eat You Veg and Bangers and Mash.
  3. Let's Cook for Fathers Day by Simply Food

38 comments:

  1. oooh... almost SNAP!... this looks gorgeous and I love the lime scent and lime curd. I'm a HUGE lime fan. So beautiful and such a perfect sunshine cake x

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    1. Thanks Dom and yes w do rather have the same taste in cakes.

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  2. haven't baked a sponge cake in a long time. I like that you have combined fresh cream and lime curd.

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  3. This is exactly the kind of cake I like to eat - love the lime curd.

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  4. Love victoria sponge and this version with the lime curd sounds delicious!

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  5. Oh my goodness this was my favourite childhood treat - looks delicious!

    http://www.journeysthroughmeadows.com

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    1. Thanks Lucie. It is one of my old time favourites. Fruit cake or a victoria sponge and I'm happy.

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  6. What a kind thought Jac, I wonder if, post wedding, Malcolm might be bringing you lots more food props from the scrapyard with the thought of this yummy cake in mind! Such a lovely fresh flavour.

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  7. What a fabulous handyman Malcolm sounds like!!!! Got to love a background board... Matthew's run me up a few this year and I wouldn't be without them. I'm loving your lime cake Jac... perhaps a bit too much ;-)

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    1. Brilliant Katie. Was it you I saw had the white painted one with worn edges? Nice! My hubby isn't handy that way.

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  8. This is so gorgeous I'm nearly crying!! - really - just lovely:))
    Mary

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    1. What a lovely thing to say Mary. Thank you )

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  9. This looks really yummy!! Lovely fresh summer cake.. but I think for those who don't bake much, you might want to add the lime in your recipe description and ingredients?

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    1. Oh shoot! Well spotted Hazel, I didn't notice I had missed it.

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  10. Cake. The best way to say thank you. This lime one sounds gorgeous! Love the background board, too!

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  11. Beautiful cake - and well deserved - he sounds like a great person to have around

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    1. Thanks and yes he is and very helpful too.

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  12. Is that MY Malcolm Jac? If so, he scoffed the cake before I saw it! LOL! NICE thought and lovely cake! Karen

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    1. Haha no, bit far for him to travel. Mind you, you have been off galavanting a lot lately Karen, so you never know ;)

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  13. Lucky Malcolm and lucky you. Can you please send Malcolm down my way along with a piece of that heavenly sounding lime scented sponge????

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    1. Hehe, I think he is a bit busy planning the wedding Bintu, sorry!

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  14. What a great twist on a victoria sponge. That was always one of my favourite treats as a kid, but I haven't had it in so long.

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    1. Oh you should try it again soon Dannii. So good!

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  15. Ooh I adore lime curd and it does make a fabulous filling for a cake. How nice of Malcolm to do the boards for you, but I guess he knows you deserve it :)

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    1. It does and what a nice thing to say :)

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  16. Malcolm sounds like a gem! A lovely thought from you and a very nice sounding cake!

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    1. He is and a great cake even though I do say so myself. Mind you it is a classic and yoou can't go wrong with those.

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  17. temptation get thee away. I haven't made a victoria sponge for years but this one sounds amazing! I can just imagine the fragrance of lime!

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    1. Oh I know and you are trying to be so good too Fiona :)

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  18. What a tasty looking cake. The children love victoria sponge and I keep promising them to make one. I think I've now found the perfect recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    - Ricky

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    1. Brilliant! Well I do hope you try it and really enjoy it Ricky. Do let me know how you get on :)

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  19. What a lovely combo - would not have thought of using lime but I am sure it has just the right tartness to counter the sweet cake. I really do like a good Victoria sponge - not that I bake them myself mind you

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  20. I do like a little lime in cakes and love lime curd....but have yet to make it! And what a lovely thank you to Malcolm, though if he fancies a jaunt down south I'd love a few boards to be made up too. For cake of course too!. Thanks so much for linking up to June's Family Foodies event Jac, so sorry it's taken me an age to have a read.

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x

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