I had time.
So I guess I'm not the only one who doesn't get to say that a lot - everyone, including yours truly, seems to always be busy running to meeting after next, trying to finish an essay due the next morning, or getting ready for exams. That's what makes having time on my hands a little foreign, like a kid that's never had a weetabix before; I don't know what to do with it.
(Excuse me for the awkward comparison but it made sense to me, seeing as the first time I had a weetabix I just bit into it, completely oblivious to the fact I should've put it in a bowl with milk)
Anyway, back to time. I may not have so much of it, but I guess that makes me appreciate it more and gives me a little push to actually do something useful, or at least fun with it. Which, trust me, is something not easy for a world class procrastinator like me - but I'm getting there.
So, on Sunday, I decided to do one of the things I love the most: baking.
Even though I enjoy giving myself challenges when I comes to cake baking and decorating, I decided on a simple, three tiered Victoria Sponge.
If you don't know what a Victoria Sponge is, well the name kinda gives it away. It's a traditional British sponge cake with jam in the middle and powdered sugar on the top. It was apparently named after Queen Victoria who ate it at her popular afternoon teas. I decided to give it a little extra effort and add a cheeky bit of silky buttercream in between the jam, mmm-mmmm.
I shall leave you now with the method and another picture, before I start my late-night blabbering.
1. To make the victoria sponge cake, I used this recipe, but any will do as most of them are very similar and the secret really lies in the method of making the batter - be sure to follow the recipe closely and not to over mix the batter, otherwise air will be lost and the mixture will become stiff.
Also, since my cake was three-tired, I used one-and-a-half times what the recipe said, and three cake pans so each could bake separately.
2. For the jam, I used shop-bought. If you or your granny feel like making it yourselves, feel free, yet jam is something I have not yet ventured into and I don't have a granny to do that for me, so shop bought it is.
3. Buttercream. I beat 150 grams of butter until pale and fluffy, then gradually added in 300 grams of sifted icing sugar, along with a teaspoon of vanilla in too.
4. To assemble, I just really spread the buttercream on the cake, then the jam, put another cake over that and repeated the process. Foolproof really. :)