I was halfway thorough making a Victoria sponge cake the other day when I realised that I had no jam to sandwich it together with. A Vic Sponge with no jam is a bit like having chips with no fish or mash without gravy – it just doesn’t quite work. So, after routing through the fridge the only sweet jelly I could find was a jar of marmalade so I quickly turned a traditional sponge into orange marmalade cake and I am so glad I did. The result was a fluffy and light but moist cake that had a subtle hint of orange in the sponge all glued together with the tangy sweetness that comes from a good marmalade.
You will need: x2 sandwich tins (approx 18 cm each), lined with baking parchment. Heat your oven to 180ºc.
- 3 medium sized free range eggs (weighed in their shells)
- Butter (softened to room temperature)*
- Caster sugar*
- Self raising (cake) flour*
- Two tablespoons of chunky orange marmalade plus extra for the filling
- Fresh orange juice
- In a large bowl beat together the sugar and butter until it is fluffy.
- Begin to add the eggs one at a time. If the mix begins to curdle sift in a little flour.
- When the eggs are combined with the sugar and butter begin to sift in the flour a little at a time.
- Beat in the marmalade ensuring it is well distributed throughout the cake batter.
- The cake batter should slide easily off a metal spoon, if it doesn’t add some of the fresh orange until you get the desired consistency.
- Give the mixture a final beat before dividing it up between the tins.
- Bake for approximately 25 minutes. To test that the cake is cooked either insert a skewer into the middle – it will come back clean if it is ready or lightly press the top with your finger – if the sponge springs back it is done.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a couple of moments before turning them out on to a wire rack. While the cake is still hot dust the top of which ever half will be the top half with a little vanilla sugar. The sugar will go slightly sticky with the heat.
- Cool completely and sandwich together with some more marmalade.