Country vanilla sponge cake

Serve this sweet and luxurious cake with sugar-coated fresh blueberries.

  • Preparation Time80 mins
  • Cooking Time50 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
200g caster sugar
200g softened salted butter
4 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla essence
200g self raising flour
3 tbsp finest raspberry jam
Cream cheese icing, recipe follows

For the cream cheese icing

300g icing sugar
50g softened salted butter
125g cold full fat cream cheese

For the crystallised blueberries

50g caster sugar
1 egg
1 punnet blueberries
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas4. Beat the sugar and butter together to get a fluffy and pale consistency. Beat the eggs separately and then add in little by little whilst mixing. Add the vanilla and spoon in the flour.

2) Line a 15cm tin with greaseproof paper and half-fill with the mixture. Bake in the centre of the oven for 50 minutes. Test before removing to ensure the cake is cooked all the way through; a knife should come out clean and the top should bounce back when pressed.

3) Allow to sit in the tin for five minutes then remove the lining and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely then remove the top and slice into three even layers with a leveler or a large knife.

4) Make the icing by mixing together the icing sugar, butter and cream cheese until very light and fluffy.

5) Layer your sponge with jam and cream cheese icing inside, stacking up the layers. Coat liberally with cream cheese icing all over the sides and top, then use the palette knife to make large strokes to add some texture to your cake.

6) Top with the crystallised blueberries and a sprig or two of seasonal blossom.

For the crystallised blueberries:
1) Separate the egg white, put the caster sugar into a bowl and lay out a sheet of greaseproof paper.

2) Dip the blueberries into the egg white and then into the sugar. Lay on the paper to dry for 60 minutes.

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