I made a well nice Victoria sponge.... Not made any cakes really before, so was super surprised with how well it came out. Lessons for next time I want it more risen and so will use a teaspoon of baking powder, and the raw mix was not of 'dropping' consistency and so I would add a couple of splashes of milk. I am hoping that with some tweaks the recipe will get better and better.
Here are some pics - sorry I cant let you have a slice ! Mr P was not sure at first, as he just wanted sponge cake with no frills, but I think when he saw it he came round to my way of thinking !
I used a basic sponge recipe, (you can use the same http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/victoriaspongewithst_90309)
folding in the flour, rather than mixing everything up all together. I filled it with raspberry jam, whipped cream, blackberries, strawberries and raspberry coulis. It really is a very nice cake !
The finished article.
and here are some more shots to tempt.....
Also here are some pictures of my new potted garden. I wish the sun was out this weekend so I could sit in my moon chair and enjoy the view.
It took Mr P and I ages to clear this garden. When I moved here it was overgrown to the max ! You could not sit out there. Now I really like to sit outside every time I get the chance.
Here are some of my new pots planted up:
Lavenders ! I LOVE lavenders.
My new blueberry plant ! I will be most excited if I actually get any berries from it.
My Japanese azalea, I wanted instant colour and this did the trick.
And my bucket herb garden, planted with specimens from Asda fresh herb section. They looked a little sad when I planted them, but now they have perked up no end.
So, that's what I have been up too - what have you lovely people been up to ? Enjoying the long weekend I hope.
Well, I am going to have a lay down after that lush cake I just ate.