About this recipe:In a sort of masochistic way I enjoy making complicated recipes and using complex techniques. Although I love a Victoria sponge I have always thought them somewhat boring to look at hence this attempt at livening one up.
Weigh the eggs in their shells and record the weight. Then weigh out the flour, sugar and margarine to the same weight.
Cream together the margarine and the sugar until smooth and then slowly add the sifted flour. Add the vanilla.
Beat the eggs and add slowly to the mix. The final result should be a medium dropping consistency. If too thick then add a little milk, too thin than add a little more flour. Divide equally between two greased and lined 7 inch sandwich tins.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 150 C / Gas 2 for about 30 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Put onto wire rack to cool.
If the tops are too domed then slice the top off to level one of the halves. Spread that half with the raspberry jam.
Beat the cream until thick and then spread over the jam. Place the other half of sponge on top and press down gently. Cover and place in the fridge until ready for decorating.
For the decorating I suggest you practice first on a chopping board or similar. The first one I tried I only had white icing sugar and cocoa powder as shown in the photo but since then I have managed to make coloured icing sugar.
Put some icing sugar into a small bowl and then add a few drops of food colouring. (I was limited to yellow and red as that was all the village shop had.) Stir with a teaspoon until the sugar has taken on the colouring. You will probably find that small lumps develop which when crushed release more pure colour. Try and crush these as they appear. Finally grind in a grinder or using a pestle and mortar to produce a fine sugar.
Obviously you can decorate your cake as you wish but for the one shown you will need stencils as shown here.
To create stencils: From thin card, cut two 10 inch squares. From the first cut a circle 6 1/2 inches in diameter. Keep both pieces. In the middle of the circular piece cut another circle 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
In the second square sketch out the tree shape you want and then cut out. Since the cake shown in the header I have also added a 'beach' using an off-cut of card with a wavy line cut into one edge.
Place the square stencil with the large circle centrally on top of the cake (or board while practising). Sprinkle a very light covering of white or blue icing sugar. Repeat with red icing sugar to give a feeling of evening. leave this stencil in place while you continue with the rest.
Add the 'beach' and then using the small circle stencil add the sun in a suitable place. Carefully lift off this stencil.
Position the tree stencil and then sprinkle with cocoa powder to create the silhouette. Carefully remove this stencil and then finally the large circle stencil. Stand back and admire your handiwork.
Obviously you can make any design you want and I would love to see some. Possibilities might be a favourite child's TV cartoon character such as Peppa Pig or one of the Simpsons. Use Google images to find something suitable and make your own stencils.