It was my turn to bake for the office last week, and after asking around I gathered that a Proper Cake, preferably with a summery theme, would be most welcome. I settled on a Delia recipe for raspberry cake, slightly tweaked to incorporate a lemon-flavoured filling – surely the embodiment of summer?!
It might have had fresh fruit in it, but this was by no means a healthy cake – the light sponge layers were sandwiched with the help of a thick layer of raspberry jam and a massive dollop of double cream, mascarpone, icing sugar and lemon curd. Unnnnngggghhh.
Overall, this was a rather successful cake that attracted quite a few compliments from my colleagues. The filling really is very rich, so if you’re a bit worried about that you could just halve it, or replace the double cream and/or mascarpone with low fat creme fraiche instead.
Adapted from this Delia recipe.
For the sponge:
- 6oz/175 g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 6 oz/175 g caster sugar
- 6 oz/175 g butter, very soft
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- finely grated zest of 1 lemon
For the filling:
- 8 oz/225 g raspberries
- 3-4 tbsp raspberry jam
- 250g mascarpone
- 150ml double cream
- 2 tbsp icing sugar, sifted
- 2 tbsp lemon curd
1. Pre-heat the oven to gas 3/170C. Grease and line two 20 cm sandwich tins.
2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the eggs, caster sugar, butter, vanilla extract and lemon zest and beat well until combined, either by hand or with an electric whisk. The resulting mixture should easily fall off a spoon – if it doesn’t, add a tiny bit of water and beat again.
3. Split the mix between the two tin, level the top and bake in the middle of the oven for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the tins and leave to cool on a wire rack.
4. Beat together the mascarpone, double cream, icing sugar and lemon curd until well combined. Set aside.
5. Spread one of the cooled sponges with a layer of jam, then half of the cream filling. Press the raspberries into this, top with the remaining cream and place the other sponge on top, gently pressing down. Dust the top with icing sugar and serve.