Dotty’s Easy Peasy Victoria Sponge

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The best thing about job is that we get to meet so many amazing people along the way. Today we’re cooking with the lovely Lianne from Retro Dotty!  Lianne is going to share with us one of her nan’s vintage recipes, an ‘all in one Victoria Sponge’.

All in One Victoria Sponge
This is a classic recipe from my Nanny Dots vintage recipe book. Sadly my dear Nan is no longer with us but she is the namesake behind the Retro Dotty brand and baked amazing cakes like this one. This is really easy to make as you basically put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until just combined. Traditional Victoria Sponges only have jam sandwiched in between but I like to use raspberry jam (not the traditional strawberry) and a layer of buttercream – well if you’re going to bake a cake you might as well go all out!

Ingredients  

230g plain flour
4 tsp baking powder
230g caster sugar
230g butter (softened to room temperature)
4 medium eggs
Large pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 180 °C (160°C fan)  and grease two 8 inch sponge tins and line the bases with baking parchment.

Place all the ingredients into a bowl and mix on low speed until they come together to form a smooth batter. Be careful you don’t over mix, just make sure the ingredients are combined.

Divide the batter between the two prepared cake tins and spread evenly.

spongeBake for 25-30 minutes in the middle of the oven (check them after 20 minutes and rotate the tins if one side is browning too much).

Let the cakes cool in the tins for 5-10 minutes then turn out and cool on a wire rack.

When completely cool, sandwich with raspberry jam and buttercream. Dust the top of the cake with caster sugar.

And there you have it a Victoria sponge Dotty would be proud off!

Finally, serve yourself a large slice with a cup of tea (from a vintage tea cup of course).

Like us a and post pics of your Victoria Sponges on the Retro Dotty Facebook  page to be in with the chance of winning a stunning art deco Konny Kraft vintage trio.

retro dottyRetro Dotty

Retro Dotty is a boutique selling retro pieces for modern day living. An eclectic mix of tableware from the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s for you to re-home and re-love, along with homeware inspired by yesteryear patterns and fabric.

In Dotty’s Shop you will find a treasure trove of original tableware items, including tea sets, coffee pots, trios, tea cups, glassware and much more. Many of our tableware pieces come from the powerhouses of British potteries and designers of the era, including Hornsea, Meakin, Kathie Winkle, Biltons to name a few.

Aside from our vintage pieces we also offer a range of handmade homeware items. Retro Dotty handcrafts doorstops, luxury bunting, memo boards, lavender bags, carrier bag holders and laundry bags. All our homeware is handcrafted so we are often able to make custom pieces in a theme, fabric or size of your choice – just drop Dotty an email and we’ll see what we can do.

retro dotty buntingRetro Dotty was founded out of a love for all things vintage and retro by founder Lianne Darley. Helped by a small team of family and friends retro tableware is sourced from a variety of locations throughout the UK and brought to retro lovers on the website and at various vintage fairs throughout the country.

Thank Lianne, that was great, we know what we’re having for elevenses today!

If you’d like to guest blog, email us at hello@nowandthenevents.com, we’d love to hear from you!

We’ll be back soon with more pre-loved inspiration and humbling stories! Alex and Sam x

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