I used a pretty basic recipe for the sponge (detailed below), baking these bad boys for around 18 minutes (initially I thought they would bake quicker than this, but hey, the golden top, edges slightly moving away from the tin and the cake skewer do not lie). I greased each individual cup and lined the base with a circle of baking parchment, which worked a treat, there was no sponge sticking here.
Ingredients (makes approx 18)
200g self-raising flour
200g caster sugar
200g softened butter
4 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
300ml double cream
2 tbsp icing sugar
A couple of drops of vanilla extract
Your favourite jam
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4. Grease the mini sponge tin and line the base of each tin with a disc of baking parchment.
- Pop all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat for about two minutes until smooth.
- Fill each individual cake tin 2/3 full and spread level using the back of a teaspoon. Pop any remaining cake mixture in a cool place.
- Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until they are golden, slightly coming away from the edge of the tin and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Clean the tin and use the remaining cake mixture to bake another 6.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before removing the cakes from the tin and leaving them to cool on a wire rack.**
- To assemble the sponges, use a serrated knife and cut off the rounded top of each cake (this side then provides a good base for each sponge). Cut each cake in half.
- Whip the double cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract to your desired consistency (if you accidentally whip it too far just pour in a little more double cream and give it another little whip).
- Using a small palette knife, spread a little of the cream and jam on opposite sponge halves then sandwich together.
- After assembling all the cakes, dust lightly with icing sugar.
Over the past couple of weeks, with two garden tea party events under my belt, I must have baked in excess of 50 of these and they have gone down a treat both times. People love miniature versions (further evidenced by the cupcake and Cadbury Heroes) and while I am a big believer in proper ‘cakes’ designed to be cut and shared, individual cakes are genius for parties. Suffice to say, when hosting my sister’s baby shower at the end of the month these will feature. £6 well spent!
*I have had a gander and said tin sadly fails to appear online.
**At this point, the individual cakes can be tightly wrapped in clingfilm and frozen. When catering for a party this is super useful and I can vouch that there is no reduction in cake quality.