Gluten free Victoria Sandwich cake recipe

A Victoria Sandwich is an ideal gluten free cake for beginners to make, as it is quick and easy.

There are two ways to prepare the mixture - the all-in-one and the creaming methods. If you are short on time AND have a kitchen mixer then the all-in-one method will get you results speedily. However, it is worth adding the ingredients one at a time as I find you get a lighter, fluffier cake. 

Normally cooked in two round sandwich pans, this Victoria Sandwich recipe can also be spooned into paper cases to make fairy cakes. 

The quantities given in the recipe will make a small 7 inch (18cm) cake, sufficient for one or two people. If you want to make a larger cake then you can double the ingredients and increase the size of the pans to 8 inch (20cm), but you will need to allow a little longer cooking time.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
Yield: 1 x 7 inch cake
Tags: Gluten Free Diet

Ingredients

  • 100g (4oz) caster sugar
  • 100g (4oz) oftened butter or margarine
  • 2 large eggs
  • *100g (4oz) GF self raising flour
  • Vanilla essence (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Milk (if required)
  • Jam (jelly) or buttercream

* Using a commercial gluten free flour mix makes this cake simple to prepare.  I like to use Dove's Farm which is easily available here in the UK. If you are based elsewhere your local store is likely to offer other brands or you can order online. Here is a handy link to gluten free flour mixes on Amazon (this is an affiliate link and I earn a small commission if you order. You will not be charged any extra, and the commission helps me finance this site.)


Preheat the oven to 180oC, 350oF or Gas Mark 4

Prepare your sandwich pans by greasing them and lining with baking parchment.


Instructions for the creamed method

Start by placing the sugar and butter into a large mixing bowl. Take the butter out of the fridge prior to making your Victoria Sandwich so that it has time to soften up a little.

Using a wooden spoon (or a kitchen mixer) cream (beat) the ingredients together until they form a pale mixture.

Break the eggs, individually, into a separate bowl or cup. Add them, a little at a time, to your cake mixture and beat in between each addition.

Once all your eggs are incorporated, gently fold in the sifted flour with a metal spoon. Don't overmix, just ensure there is no flour left showing.

Your mixture after the above steps should be of a soft dropping consistency. If it doesn't easily drop off the spoon you may need to add a little milk, up to 1 tablespoon should be enough. You might also like to add some liquid flavouring or essence to both loosen up the mixture and add flavour (who would have guessed) to your cake. 

Divide your mixture between your two prepared tins, smoothing the top with a spatula or palette knife. Try to get an even amount of mixture in each to avoid having each tier of your Victoria Sandwich being a different height when baked. 

Place the tins on the middle shelf of your preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. The cakes should be golden brown and spring back when pressed gently with a finger. If they start to come away from the edges of the pan then you may have overcooked them slightly. 

Loosen the edges of the cakes with a palette knife and turn out onto a wire rack to cool. 

All-in-one method

As the name suggests, for this method all the ingredients are placed into your mixer bowl at once and are then mixed together. Using a kitchen mixer will be easier than doing this by hand. 

Decorating your cake

The simplest way to finish your cake is to spread jam (jelly for my American friends) inside and sandwich the tiers together. If you put too much jam in it may spill down the sides when you put the top layer on.  You could also add a layer of whipped double cream for a luxury cake!

Alternatively, you can use buttercream instead of jam, as I did in the photograph aove. This is very simple to make. 

You will need butter, icing sugar (known as powdered sugar in the USA) and if desired a dash of flavouring such as vanilla essence). These are creamed together with a wooden spoon until smooth. This is one job I actually prefer to do in a kitchen mixer with a lid or cover over it to save covering the kitchen with sugar!

You could also put buttercream on the top of your Victoria Sandwich, but I prefer to sift a little icing sugar on top instead. 


- - Victoria Sandwich

  

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