Strawberry Rhubarb Victoria Sponge Cake, or Victoria sandwich cake, is a traditional British cake. This version combines a light sponge cake made with white spelt flour, a sweet and tart strawberry rhubarb compote and delectable mascarpone cream. For an afternoon tea fit for a queen, a joyful birthday, or an outstanding dessert.
Song of the Day: I'll Be There (Acoustic) - Jess Glynne
It's Father's Day, today!
Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there, and most especially to my amazing husband!
Strawberry Rhubarb Victoria Sponge Cake is the perfect way to say I love you and show appreciation. I think any father would love this light buttery creamy fresh made-with-love dessert.
There is nothing like something that is made for you with so much passion and love. As Loreto taught me, the energy put in is consequently what flavor comes out, lol.
First, I know Loreto misses his father. This is the second Father's day without him. We miss his wacky cakes and lemon cookies, his "rooster call", calmness, and neverending patience. Nonetheless, my husband is the man he's become thanks to his father, his teachings, his example.
A little Praise goes a long way................
Loreto is a wonderful father of two kids, all grown-up now, my stepson and stepdaughter. He did an incredible job as a father and we are proud of what the kids have become. Loreto is also a funny and loving grandpa, of an adorable little girl who seems to have inherited grandpa's love for good food and good laughs.
In all, he would have been the most incredible father of our two children, had they decided to stay with us. I've always felt responsible for losing something so precious. It's like I was holding a fragile inestimable thing in my hand, let it fall and it shattered at my feet. Regardless, he was there for me, I can always count on him. And he is there for many people. My husband is not only a great father but a wonderful human being.
A Strawberry Rhubarb Victoria Sponge Cake for him
As a consequence of being so awesome, Loreto deserves only the best, and I think I did a pretty good job with this cake for him. A classic Victoria sponge cake, enriched with a strawberry rhubarb compote and mascarpone cream.
The cake is light and airy, it has a dense yet crumbly texture that just melts in your mouth like caramel and leaves a rich buttery flavor. So balanced, it is just mildly sweet, which in our books is perfect. Loreto and I don't like super sweet, thick, iced cakes. Loreto says it makes his mouth and teeth chatter, consequently causing him a very funny face.
Tips for a great sponge cake
- Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature. The butter should be soft but still holding together.
- Use a scale to weigh out all the ingredients and have them ready before you begin making the cake.
- Mix the baking powder with the flour and then sift. Sifting adds air and thus lightness to a cake mixture.
- Use the freshest eggs possible. For us, it's only free-range organic eggs.
- Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Always preheat the oven and bake the cakes on the middle shelf.
Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder........
I am biased, however, you have to agree this cake is absolutely beautiful. The stark contrast of the mascarpone cream and the strawberry rhubarb compote is alluring while the subtle airiness and golden hue of the Victoria sponge cake consequently make us think of how it melts in your mouth in a buttery rich taste bud dance! This cake will raise some eyebrows for sure!
Traditional Victoria Sponge Cake
The Victoria sponge is flavorful enough that it can be enjoyed plain. Traditionally, it would have been sandwiched only with jam, with a dusting of icing sugar on top. However, the use of whipped cream is a recent addition and it counterpoints beautifully the sweet preserves. Fresh fruit as a filling and/or topping is also a recent and inspired addition; hence strawberries and cream make for a divine combination, and the Strawberry Rhubarb combo makes this even better, in my humble opinion.
An impressive cake
If you want to impress your loved ones and bring a dessert to the table that will stir all the oohhs and aahhs, this Strawberry Rhubarb Victoria Sponge Cake is your cake. Strawberries and rhubarb are seasonal now and what grows together is great when eaten together. The mildly sweet and tart compote compliments the rich sponge cake wonderfully, and the light mascarpone cream just ties everything together with this elegant richness highlighting all that is happening in this cake. As a result, happy baker equals happy fathers, lol.
Special Days call for special cakes...........
It's Fathers Day and we wish the best for all of you fathers, may this day bring you many blessings, however, it would be even better to be surprised with a Strawberry Rhubarb Victoria Sponge Cake!
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