Mini Valentine’s Victoria Sponges
I was inspired by the natural heart-like shape of a strawberry to make these mini heart shaped victoria sponges as part of a bigger afternoon tea to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Recipe by Rebecca Beesley
Uploaded by Rebecca Beesley
Time to make
- 115 g caster sugar
- 115 g self raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 115 g butter
- 70 g icing sugar
- 50 g butter
- 1 g vanilla extract
- 8 tbsp strawberry jam
- 8 strawberries
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Preheat oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease and line a cake tin. I use a fry light spray to grease the tin as it is a speedy way of doing it.
Mix together the cake ingredients in a bowl. This is again a really straightforward cake to make because it is an all-in-one method of mixing everything at the same time. Because this recipe uses self-raising flour and baking powder, you are not trying to beat any extra air into it, so as soon as the ingredients are combined, you can stop mixing.
Spoon into the tin and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Once bakes, remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Mix together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract to make butter icing.
When the sponge is cool, use a heart cutter to cut out heart shapes. Assemble by slicing each heart in half and spreading a layer of jam and then piping on some of the butter icing. On top of each, pipe a small blob of butter icing, then top with half a strawberry. You can use the strawberries' natural heart shape to accentuate the heart shape of the cakes.
You can also sieve on a little icing sugar if desired.
We served these cute little heart Valentine's Victoria sponges as part of a lovely afternoon tea with homemade battenberg and homemade florentines too.