Switch up your classic Victoria sponge with a boozy recipe. Get ready for the Pimm's obsession to begin again as summer is fast approaching!
Yes you have read the title correctly – Pimm’s, but in cake form. Pimm’s is the quintessential beverage of the British summer. But who says you have to limit yourself to just drinking it? If you mix it with a little icing sugar until glossy and smooth it makes the ideal boozy icing for your Victoria sponge. Our fail-safe sponge recipe creates a light, fluffy and delicious cake that is perfect for layering up with strawberries and whipped cream. In short, this is the only cake that you should be bringing to BBQs this season (though we won’t judge you if you don’t want to share).
- 3 eggs
- 150g Stork margarine with butter
- 150g golden caster sugar
- 150g self-raising four
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- Finely grated zest and juice 1 lemon
- 5tbsp strawberry jam
- 400g strawberries
- 300ml whipping cream, whipped
- For the icing:
- 1tbsp Berry Pimm’s
- 150g icing sugar, sieved
- You will need:
- 2 x 20cm sandwich tins
Grease and line 2 x 20cm sandwich tins. Heat oven to 180C/ Gas 4.
Put the eggs, margarine, sugar, flour, baking powder, lemon zest and juice in a processor or use an electric mixer. Whizz together until combined and a smooth consistency.
Divide between the two tins and bake for 20-25 mins until risen.
Allow sponges to cool then spread one with jam. Hull and halve three quarters
of the strawberries and arrange over the layer of jam. Spoon on cream and top with the second sponge.
Stir Pimm’s into the icing sugar to create a smooth frosting. Spoon over the top of the cake and top with whole strawberries to decorate.
Top tip for making Pimm’s drizzle cake
If you do not like to use margarine then use the same quantity of butter but whizz it in the food processor for a min before adding the other ingredients.
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