Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake

Strawberry Cream Victoria Sandwich
Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake

Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake

I created this Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake for a family birthday.    My brief was to produce a simple Victoria Sandwich cake with jam and cream with no “funny stuff” (why do my family always say this….?).   I tried very hard to stick to the brief and started off with a classic strawberry-and-cream Victoria Sandwich cake but, inevitably, I got enthused by the possibilities of adding an element of rose (strawberry and rose – such a great combination!).

My efforts resulted in a lovely buttery  Victoria sponge cake,  sandwiched together with strawberry and rose-flavoured jam and billowing cream, and adorned by romantically-strewn rose petals.  I was very proud until my daughter said to me “It’s not the most masculine of cakes, is it?” and I was struck by the realisation that perhaps my hearty, hill-walking husband might not be as enthusiastic about the rose petals as I was….. Luckily, he tends to focus on how things taste and was quite happy with his rather girly looking cake.  (And as one of my sons, quite rightly, commented, “you need to break those gender stereotypes, mum…!”).

I made some Crystallised Rose Petals to decorate the cake because I think they are beautiful.  They are very easy to make but you do need to make them the day before so that they have time to dry off.   I also used my home-made Strawberry and Rose Geranium Jam in this cake but, if you don’t have the time or inclination to make this,  you can flavour ordinary strawberry jam with .

Victoria Sandwich
Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake
Equipment

2 x 21 cm or containers

Victoria Sandwich
Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake
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Victoria Sandwich

Rose and Strawberry Cream Cake

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8 to 10 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This is a show-stopping cake which brings together the English summer tastes of strawberry and rose together with cream and buttery sponge.


Scale

Ingredients

For the cake:
  • 450 g butter (softened)
  • 450 g caster sugar
  • 8 eggs
  • 450 g self-raising flour
  • 7 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon of rosewater
For the sandwich filling:
For the topping

Instructions

Method:  Cake

  1. Set your oven to 180 degrees centigrade or Gas Mark 4.
  2. Cream the butter with the sugar.  (I usually soften the butter for about 30 seconds in the microwave first as it makes it much easier!)
  3. Gradually add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture.  If it looks as if it is going to curdle, add some of the self-raising flour.
  4. Once the eggs have been incorporated add the rest of the self-raising flour.
  5. Add the milk,  vanilla extract and rosewater.
  6. Grease your Victoria Sandwich tins or containers and then add the cake mixture.
  7. Bake your cakes in the oven for around 35 minutes.  They are done when they are golden brown, springy to the touch and have shrunk away from the edge of the tin.  You can test this by inserting a skewer in the middle of the cake – if it comes out cleanly with no mixture attached, your cake is done.
  8. Allow your cakes to cool on a rack before removing them from the tins or containers.

Method:  Filling and topping

  1. Spread the rose-flavoured strawberry jam over the top of one of your cakes.
  2. Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.  Spread it on top of the jam.  Then place the other cake on top.
  3. Put the icing sugar in a sieve and sift it over the top of the assembled cake.
  4. Decorate the cake with Crystallised Rose Petals.
  5. In the (unlikely) event that there is any cake left over, this needs to be stored in the fridge due to the cream icing.  It will keep for a couple of days but, like all sponge cakes, it tastes better when it is freshly made.

Keywords: rose and strawberry cake, victoria sandwich, cream

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Lilac Cake – Lilac and Vanilla Victoria Sandwich Cake with Lilac Honey and Mascarpone Frosting

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Lilac and Vanilla Victoria Sandwich Cake with Lilac Honey and Mascarpone Frosting

This Lilac and Vanilla Victoria Sandwich Cake is early summer on a plate!  It tastes wonderful – creamy, buttery and floral – and looks beautiful with its decoration of edible flowers.  I made my Lilac Cake for a special family tea, which thanks to recent surprisingly sunny weather, we were actually able to eat in the garden, close to the tree that had provided the blossoms.

This is a simple Victoria Sandwich cake, which is flavoured with lilac through the use of Lilac Sugar in the cake mix and Lilac Honey in the frosting.     It is really easy to make both the flavoured Sugar and Honey but you need to do this around a week before you plan to make your Lilac Cakee to allow the lilac flavour to be absorbed.   If you don’t have the time, inclination or opportunity to do this, you can make the cake without the lilac flavour – just use ordinary sugar in the cake mix and ordinary honey in the frosting.  The cake will still be delicious but, personally, I think it is worth going down the lilac route as the taste is unusual and results in a beautiful floral cake (to taste and to look at!) which captures the spirit of an early English summer.

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Equipment

2 x 21 cm  or containers

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Lilac mascarpone and honey

Lilac and Vanilla Victoria Sandwich Cake with Lilac Honey and Mascarpone Frosting

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: for 10 people 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This is a fabulous Lilac Cake which celebrates the taste of English lilac.  It looks and tastes amazing and would be fantastic for an early summer birthday or special party.


Scale

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 450 g butter (softened)
  • 450 g Lilac Sugar (or caster sugar)
  • 8 eggs
  • 450 g self-raising flour
  • 7 tablespoons of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of [amazon_link asins='B00DUF3D9C|B0046EJ570|B00DUF3D9C|B00DUF3D9C|B007TA9ONI' text='Vanilla Essence' template='ProductLink' store='tastebotanica-21success|tastebotanica-20|tastebotani0c-21success|tastebotani0a-21success|tastebotani01-21success' marketplace='UK|US|IT|FR|DE' link_id='9c5499ff-68a6-11e8-a321-8188ded5e5dd']

For the frosting:

  • 500 g mascarpone
  • 2 tbs of Lilac Honey (or ordinary honey)
  • Fresh lilac flowers from two flower heads

Instructions

Method:  Cake

  1. Set your oven to 180 degrees centigrade or Gas Mark 4.
  2. Cream the butter with the sugar.  (I usually soften the butter for about 30 seconds in the microwave first as it makes it much easier!)
  3. Gradually add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture.  If it looks as if it is going to curdle, add some of the self-raising flour.
  4. Once the eggs have been incorporated add the rest of the self-raising flour.
  5. Add the milk and the vanilla extract.  It really makes a difference if you use a good quality vanilla extract – as opposed to vanilla essence – as this will give it a much more intense flavour.
  6. Grease your Victoria Sandwich tins or containers and then add the cake mixture.
  7. Bake your cakes in the oven for around 35 minutes.  They are done when they are golden brown, springy to the touch and have shrunk away from the edge of the tin.  You can test this by inserting a skewer in the middle of the cake – if it comes out cleanly with no mixture attached, your cake is done.
  8. Allow your cakes to cool on a rack before removing them from the tins or containers.

Method:  Frosting

  1. Beat the mascarpone and honey together in a food processor or using a hand blender until the mixture has thickened slightly.
  2. Use a third of the frosting to sandwich together your two cakes.
  3. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the assembled Lilac Cake.
  4. Take the small lilac flowers off the flower heads and wash them in cold water.   Allow to dry off on kitchen towel and then use them to decorate the top of the cake.   You need to complete this part of the decoration just before you are ready to serve the cake to ensure that the flowers look fresh and lovely!
  5. In the (unlikely) event that there is any Lilac Cake left over, this needs to be stored in the fridge due to the mascarpone icing.  It will keep for a couple of days but, like all sponge cakes, it tastes better when it is freshly made.

Notes

Make sure that the lilac you use has not been treated with chemicals.  The best place to get it is from your garden or that of a friend or neighbour.  Shop-bought lilac is not suitable for this recipe.

Keywords: lilac cake, lilac and vanilla cake

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Over the past few years, elderflower has become a very popular flavouring for all kinds of cakes and desserts.  The flavour choice for these Elderflower Cupcakes was inspired by the cake at a recent  high profile wedding (congratulations Harry and Meghan).

I made these Elderflower Cupcakes at the request of my daughter for her to share with her biology class.  Each week a member of the class brings in cakes to share – school doesn’t sound so bad nowadays – and she specifically asked me not to make cakes with an unusual flavour.  Her exact words were “don’t make the flavour too ‘out there’, mum”.    After a focused discussion, during which various flavours were discounted –  lilac? (No), Lady Grey tea? (No!),  dandelion? (Seriously?!!) – we agreed on elderflower.

Although I love elderflower and use it in desserts regularly, this was the first time I had tried it in Elderflower Cupcakes.  I am not really a big cupcake maker!  I made two batches – one with just elderflower and one with elderflower and lemon.  When I tasted them, I understood immediately why it is usual to include lemon as an additional flavouring.  The cupcakes made just with elderflower were far too sweet for my taste but those made with elderflower and lemon were just right – floral but zesty!

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Equipment

2 x cupcake trays; 24 cupcake papers, mixing bowl

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Elderflower and Lemon Cupcakes

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cakes 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

These scrumptious little cakes, flavoured with elderflower and lemon, are a perfect addition to afternoon tea!


Scale

Ingredients

For the cakes:

  • 250 g butter
  • 250 g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 250 g self-raising flour
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 tbs elderflower cordial

For the icing:


Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 200 degrees C/gas mark 6.
  2. Put your cupcake papers into your cupcake trays.
  3. Make the cake batter by creaming together the 250 g butter with the 250 g sugar.   Add the eggs gradually to ensure the mixture does not curdle.  Then add the 250 g self-raising flour.
  4. Add the grated lemon zest and the 4 tbs of cordial to the mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Put a dessert spoon of the cake mixture into each of the cupcake papers.
  6. Put your cupcake trays into the oven and cook for around 15 minutes.  The cakes will be done when they are golden brown and springy to the touch.
  7. Remove the cupcakes from the trays and put on a rack to cool.
  8. Make the icing by putting the 500g icing sugar, 250 g butter, lemon juice and 3 tbs elderflower cordial in a mixing bowl and beating until they form a pale, smooth icing.   Ice the cooled cupcakes and decorate as you wish!

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Rhubarb and Vanilla Victoria Sandwich cake

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Rhubarb and Vanilla Victoria Sandwich cake

This is a simple Victoria Sandwich cake, flavoured with vanilla, and filled with a mixture of Rhubarb Curd and whipped cream.   It is very easy to make and can be used as a pudding or eaten at tea-time or with morning coffee.   The tartness of the rhubarb goes very well with the buttery cake and the smooth, rich taste of vanilla.

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Equipment

1 x 21 cm   or containers (I have used a heart-shaped silicon container but round is fine!)

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Rhubarb and Vanilla Victoria Sandwich cake

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: for 6 people 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Creamy with a zip of fruity flavour, this rhubarb cake is a winner at tea-time!


Scale

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 225 g butter (softened)
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 4 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • Icing sugar (to dust the top of the finished cake)

For the filling:

  • Around 200 g Rhubarb Curd
  • Around 200 g double cream (whipped to soft peaks)

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 180 degrees centigrade or Gas Mark 4.
  2. Cream the butter with the caster sugar.  (I usually soften the butter for about 30 seconds in the microwave first as it makes it much easier!)
  3. Gradually add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture.  If it looks as if it is going to curdle, add some of the self-raising flour.
  4. Once the eggs have been incorporated add the rest of the self-raising flour.
  5. Add the milk and the vanilla extract.  It really makes a difference if you use a good quality vanilla extract – as opposed to vanilla essence – as this will give it a much more intense flavour.
  6. Grease your Victoria Sandwich tin or container and then add the cake mixture.
  7. Bake your cake in the oven for around 30 minutes.  It is done when it is golden brown, springy to the touch and has shrunk away from the edge of the tin.  You can test it by inserting a skewer in the middle of the cake – if it comes out cleanly with no mixture attached, your cake is done.
  8. Allow your cake to cool on a rack before removing it from the tin or container.
  9. Once the cake is cool, slice it in half horizontally (I find a bread knife is good for doing this).
  10. Spread the Rhubarb Curd on one half of the cake followed by the whipped cream and then put the other half of the cake on top.
  11. Dust the cake with icing sugar by shaking a small amount through a sieve onto the top.
  12. You will need to keep the cake in the fridge if not using immediately as it contains cream and Rhubarb Curd.  If stored in the fridge, remove it around half an hour before eating to allow it to come up to room temperature.

Keywords: rhubarb cake

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Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

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Rhubarb Upside Down Cake – a cake and a pudding!

I make a lot of Upside Down Cakes – they are really versatile and can be used as puddings or are great mid-morning with a cup of coffee or with afternoon tea!  I usually use them a lot as puddings as they are very quick and easy to do and are fantastic, served with cream or ice-cream, at the end of a meal.   Rhubarb Upside Down Cake tends to go down well with those who have past form as rhubarb-haters (such as my eldest son) as the topping is effectively a jam and so is less astringent than in some other dishes and therefore more palatable.

In the past, I have been a bit ambivalent about rhubarb.  On the one hand, I liked its sharp/sweet flavour but I also had a lot of unfortunate memories from my school days of pink mush shrouded in lumpy custard…  The turning point in my relationship with rhubarb was when we moved into our current house a few years ago and found a huge rhubarb plant in the middle of one of the flower beds.  Over several years, I did my best to kill it and, when this failed, to move it, as I wanted to plant pretty flowers!   It resisted all my attempts at destruction and, in the end, in a spirit of defeat, I decided to start trying to use it and looked for tasty recipes.   I am now quite pleased that I failed to get rid of it, although it still looks a bit odd in the middle of the flower bed, and have adapted a lot of my favourite recipes, including the one for Upside Down Cake, to include rhubarb.

Equipment

You will need a cast iron tarte-tatin dish or a cast iron frying pan which can be used on the hob and also can be put in the oven

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Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: for 6 people 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake can be served as a pudding with cream or ice cream  or as a cake with morning coffee or afternoon tea (or anytime you fancy, frankly!)


Scale

Ingredients

For the rhubarb topping:

  • 300 g rhubarb
  • 180 g caster sugar
  • 50 g butter

For the cake:

  • 125 g butter
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 125 g self-raising flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/gas mark 4.
  2. Wash the rhubarb stalks thoroughly.  Cut into small pieces of around 1 cm.
  3. Put the rhubarb pieces, 180 g caster sugar and 50 g butter into your tarte-tatin dish or frying pan and put on a low heat for around 15 minutes.   The rhubarb will soften and, initially release a lot of moisture, but by the end of the time the mixture should be syrupy and jam-like in consistency.   Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  4. Make the cake batter by creaming together the 125 g butter with the 125 g sugar.   Add the eggs gradually to ensure the mixture does not curdle.  Then add the 125 g self-raising flour followed by the 1 tablespoon of milk.
  5. Spoon the cake batter on top of the syrupy mixture in your tarte-tatin dish or frying pan.
  6. Put the dish into the oven for around 30 minutes.   At the end of this time, the cake should be light brown and springy to the touch.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for around 5 minutes.   Then, put a plate over the pan, turn it upside down and remove the pan so that the cake is on the plate rhubarb-side upwards.   Don’t leave it any longer than this or it will be hard to turn it out as the jammy mixture will solidify as it cools and glue the cake to the pan!
  8. You can either serve immediately when it is warm or leave to cool to room temperature.

Keywords: rhubarb cake

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Rhubarb Upside Down Cake – half eaten

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