Monday, 29 June 2015

Mini Victoria Sandwiches

mini victoria sandwiches

These are so cute – and not radically different, I know. Who doesn't love a Victoria Sandwich cake?

But now you can make them into little sandwiches – perfect for packing into a lunch box, taking on a picnic or having as nibbles at a party. Plus these are good for little hands too.

mini victoria sandwiches

I don't know what made me think of baking the cake like this, but I was quite impressed.

it may have been the individual brownie pan I have, which is like a cupcake pan, but the holes are square. You can get these quite easily nowadays – and definitely online, if you can’t get hold of them. They are good for so much more than brownies.


Baking the mini Victoria sponges in them, then splitting them in half and filling them with jam and buttercream couldn’t be simpler. These look so quintessentially British.

To make the sponge, I took a tip from Dame Mary Berry and used a baking spread, starting with 'St' and ending with 'Ork', instead of butter. It gives a good old-fashioned taste to the bake, like I used to have when I was a kid. Margarine and other non-butter spreads were used a lot in baking years ago. No one ever used vanilla extract in their Vicky sponge as far as I can remember!

mini victoria sandwiches

For the jam, you could make your own, but being short on time as ever, I used a shop bought one – which was sugar free to boot! Plus a simple mix of butter and icing sugar for a buttercream, instead of a traditional whipped cream filling means these can last a bit longer and don't have to be fridged if they are sitting out for any length of time.

Here’s how I made them…

Mini Victoria Sandwiches


Thumbnail Url Individual Victoria Sponges
in little sandwich shapes
Cuisine: Dessert Category: Cake Yields: 12 cakes
Prep Time: Cook Time: Total Time:
 


Ingredients
  • 100 grams baking spread
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 100 grams self-raising flour
  • 100 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 150 grams icing sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 grams strawberry jam
 
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and flour a 12 square hole baking tin.
  2. In a bowl, add the spread, caster sugar, eggs and flour. Beat until a smooth cake batter consistency is achieved.
  3. Divide the batter equally between the squares. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the centre.
  4. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tin. Allow to cool completely.
  5. Make the buttercream by beating the butter and icing sugar together until smooth and add the vanilla, mixing in.
  6. Split the cooled cake in half horizontally and spread, or pipe, on the buttercream and jam.
  7. Sandwich together and dust with some extra icing sugar.


I'm entering these mini victoria sandwiches into this month's Treat Petite, hosted by Kat, The Baking Explorer. The theme is Picnic Treats and these would be the perfect sweet treat to enjoy during a picnic.




16 comments:

  1. these are utterly divine! Too cute not to eat!

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  2. These look delish and so cute :-) Did you know that lakeland do a mini Victoria sandwich cake tin with 12 straight-sided round mini loose-bottomed receptacles in the tray ... they look cute too, and can be used for all sorts of other teeny round cakes :-)
    http://www.lakeland.co.uk/70171/Lakeland-12-Hole-Loose-Based-Mini-Sandwich-Tin

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    1. Thanks Pauline - I've seen those, they are good. I was trying to go more for a square shape - like an actual sandwich - not sure if that came across!!

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  3. Things become classics for a reason - they're awesome!

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  4. I am in the U.S. and not sure what baking spread is, can you tell me?

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    1. Hi - sorry for the confusion! Baking spread is probably just margarine - effectively a synthetic butter substitute. Stork is the brand I was using in this recipe. Hope this helps.

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    2. Thank you so very much, can't wait to try these for my granddaughter's wedding shower. Her middle name is Victoria!!

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  5. Could you please tell me what the U.S. conversion would be for the recipe? What would 100 grams be and 150 grams in U.S.

    Thank you

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    1. Hi grams are the same grams wherever you are in the world, so 100g in the UK will be 100g in the US. If you mean what would it be in cups, every ingredient is different, so 100g of flour is different to 100g of sugar in mass. There is a conversion website I use a lot cookitsimply.com which I use a lot. I hope you enjoy!

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  6. So cute and perfect for picnics! A fab Treat Petite entry :)

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