Classic Rosewater Victoria Sponge

Recipes courtesy of clarencecourt.co.uk. Photography: David Loftus Food Stylists: Pip Spence & Libby Silbermann

Duck eggs are the most fabulous eggs for baking due to the yolk to white ratio. This cake is a brilliant spring time bake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

    Ingredients
  • 3 Clarence Court Braddock White duck eggs (250g total weight)
  • 250g caster sugar, plus a little extra for dusting the finished cake
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 250g unsalted butter, softened plus extra for greasing.
  • For the cream

  • 200ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • A few drops of rose water
  • For the jam

  • 100g good quality strawberry jam
  • A few drops of rose water
  • 150g fresh strawberries
  • For decoration

  • A few crystallised rose petals (see tip on how to make)
  • A few other flowers to decorate
    Method
  • Pre heat the oven to 160°C/Fan 140°C/Gas 4. Grease and line the base of 2 x 23cm sandwich tins. Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl, followed by the sugar, sieve in the flour and baking powder then add the butter. Beat together with an electric hand whisk until just mixed in.
  • Evenly distribute the mixture between the tins, level off the mixture with a spatula so it’s even. Place the tins in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and a skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the middle of the cake.
  • Allow the cake to cool for a few minutes in the tin then carefully turn out on to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  • To prepare the fillings, gently whip double cream with a little sieved icing sugar, vanilla paste and dash of rose water to very soft peaks.
  • Mix the strawberry jam with a splash of rose water until it becomes a bit more spreadable. Slice some fresh strawberries, leaving a few for the top of the cake, and stir the slices into the jam.
  • Spoon the jam on the top of the bottom layer of sponge and spoon over blobs of cream, then place the second sponge on top. Top with a dusting of icing sugar and rose petals, flowers and the remaining strawberries.
  • Top Tip – To make your own crystallised rose petals carefully pluck the petals from one or two fresh edible roses (or unsprayed roses from the florist; make sure they are for decoration only). Separate 1 egg and thoroughly whisk up the white. Place 3 tbsps caster sugar in a small bowl. Get a tray lined with baking parchment ready. Using a paint brush, paint the egg white on to the petal. Hold the petal gently with tweezers and sprinkle over the sugar to lightly coat it. Place the petal on to the tray and leave to dry for at least 2 hours until dry. Store in a air tight container.
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