This month's book for Book Club was Call the Midwife. Since this book is based in England I thought I would make a yummy Queen Victoria Cake to share. If you haven't read this book I totally suggest it. There is even a television series on PBS and Netflix. I can't wait till season 4 comes out!
Recipe from SAVEUR
Here's what you need:
3/4 lb plus 1 TBsp salted European-style high fat butter (room temperature)
3 cups plus 1 TBSP self rising cake flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs (room temperature)
1 1/4 cups double Devonshire Cream
3/4 cup high-quality strawberry jam
How to make it:
Preheat oven to 360˚F.
Grease two 2"-deep 8" round cake pans with 1/2 Tbsp butter each.
Dust each with 1/2 Tbsp flour, set aside.
Beat remaining butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed for 5 minutes.
Add granulated sugar and beat until light fluffy.
Combine eggs and 6 Tbsp water in another bowl.
Add half the egg mixture and half the flour to butter-sugar mixture.
Beat well for 1-2 minutes.
Add remaining egg mixture and flour, beat batter for 5 minutes.
Divide batter between prepared pans.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of the cakes comes out clean, 35-40 minutes.
Invert cakes onto a rack, remove pans, and let cool completely.
Beat cream in a medium bowl until stiff.
Put one cake layer on a cake plate, spread top with half the jam, then cover jam with cream.
Spread top of remaining cake layer with remaining jam and place it, jam side down, on top of the cream.
Dust cake with confectioner's sugar.
Slice then ENJOY!