Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Knocking Out the Bucket List

I posted on Friday, August 27, about five things I wanted to accomplish before my 55th birthday on October 27th. One of the five was to make a Victoria Sponge Cake.

Well, I made one for my bookgroup last Friday. I'll have to say that it was pretty delicious. But it wasn't perfection. I'm looking for the perfect Victoria Sponge Cake and won't stop until I've made one.

This recipe called for 3 cups of flour. I think I should have made thinner layers. The top layer kept trying to slide off. I ended up holding it together with toothpicks.

I used strawberry jam in the filling. I think raspberry would have been better.

I did nail the icing, though. I used a recipe for petite fours only substituting almond extract for vanilla. It was delicious.

So all I have to do is make thinner layers and add raspberry jam, and I'll have it; the perfect Victoria Sponge Cake!

That book you see in the photo is what we're reading for our next meeting. It's Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. I've wanted to read something by him for a long time.


Nancy said...

You go girl...your list is getting shorter....The cake sounds yummy...

wayside wanderer said...

YUM! It looks VERY delicious. Oh yeah!

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

yum, looks ok to me - mine always come out flat on one side! I hope you finish your kitchen soon - mine is black and white tiles like a chess board white floor, wooden cupboards, I would love to paint the wood deep red but too scared! - maybe you should colour your trim to match some accessories like tea towels or mugs to make it feel co-ordinated? have fun, Bettyx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cake! Let go of your perfectionism; it will only hold you back.

Firefly said...

Hi Debbie,
Your cake looks wonderful! Strangely enough, I was just looking online for Victoria Sponge recipes a couple of nights ago, as I want to make one too -- 'great minds think alike' maybe ^v^? I've settled on Nigella's recipe but haven't done it yet - maybe tomorrow.
And the wallpaper you mentioned is an old Ralph Lauren pattern. We built this house 11 years ago, and I still like that paper - yay!

Laura A said...

I've been meaning to say for some time now: It's a gorgeous cake, AND you share a birthday with CZ. And I like your list of five things--very manageable and concrete!