My Favourite Vanilla Sponge Recipe

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When I was younger I was never into baking. I really can’t say that I was one of those people that you would always find in the kitchen with my mother, trying to help and picking up tips. This comes as a surprise to a lot of people, especially considering it’s the way I pay the bills these days, and that its such a huge part of my life.

I do have one very clear memory of being around 7 and deciding that I was going to bake cupcakes for my mother and surprise her when she got home from work. Needless to say, with a batch of ingredients that was limited to flour water and sugar and a whole lot of blue food colouring I ended up with not so yummy blobs of blue dough. My mother, being the amazing mother that she is, still took a bite and ooohed and aaahed at how delicious they were. (She still does that!)

These days my recipes are a bit more structured and my cakes and cupcakes taste a heck of a lot better. One of the recipes that I first used to bake cakes is a Vanilla Sponge Cake recipe.

The sponge is light and fluffy and tastes amazing even with a simple vanilla buttercream. I still use this recipe for my vanilla layer cakes and it’s a winner every time.

Vanilla Sponge Cake

480g flour (4 cups)
2tsp Baking Powder
1.5 tsp Baking Soda (Bicarb)
Pinch of Salt
225g of Unsalted Butter
400g (2 cups) Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Essence
4 Large Eggs
2 Cups of Buttermilk

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside.
In an electric mixer or using a hand mixer to cream together the butter and sugar until smooth, light and fluffy.
Add in the vanilla essence and mix
Add in the eggs one at a time, making sure that you scape down the bowl properly after each egg is beaten in
Add the buttermilk. Don’t be alarmed if the mixture looks curdled, it’s meant to πŸ™‚
Add the flour in 3 batches, mixing until it’s just combined. Be careful not to overmix. The batter does not need to be perfectly smooth.

Empty the batter into 2 10″ lined cake tins and bake for 40 minutes.

The cakes are done when a skewer comes out clean or the sponge springs back when gently pressed in the centre.

Leave the cakes to cool before removing from the cake tins.

Frost as you like or enjoy like I do, with some ice cream !

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Cakes, cakes and more cakes

I’ve been super busy these past couple of weeks, which is a good thing, because it means my business is growing. πŸ™‚

There seemed to suddenly be an influx of orders for cakes. Now, my usual cake order is around 1 a week, with the bulk of my orders coming from macaron and cupcake and cake pops sales. ( not that I can’t bake a yummy cake πŸ˜‰ ) This past week I had a total of 4 cakes on order in addition to my regular orders.

They ranged from picture cakes so a super chocolatey chocolate cake.

This one was for a little girl who knew exactly what she wanted. Chocolate sponge with light purple vanilla buttercream and butterflies. Her mother sent me a few photos of her, so I put together a little collage for the picture part of the picture cake.

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These were the matching cupcakes.

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This one is the second picture cake that was ordered, funnily enough also with light purple buttercream.

The chocolate one! This was by far the chocolatiest cake I’ve ever made. It was concentric rings of chocolate buttercream and dark chocolate ganache sandwiched between 2 layers of chocolate sponge. It was then covered in a rich chocolate buttercream and then the dark chocolate ganache again. And finally finished off with thin pieces of tempered chocolate around the outside. Chocolatey indeed!

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This is the last one that I did, and by far the most fun to make. It was a Spongebob Squarepants themed cake. Chocolate sponge with vanilla buttercream and plastic icing and little sea shells in coloured white chocolate. I loved making the Spongebob, Patrick and Gary characters for the top of the cake.

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And of course the cupcakes to match.

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And that’s all πŸ™‚

xxx Viveshni

Pics of the Week : Catch Up! (Part 1)

I have been a bit remiss in my posting on the site, but not without good reason. I’ve been busy busy busy! No person that owns and runs their own business will ever complain about being too busy and I, by no means, am going to be the first πŸ™‚

So needless to say I have a ton of new photos to post and I have definitely had fun flexing my creative muscles.

The Macaron of the Month Club has also launched so if you don’t know what it is, head over to the Macaron of the Month page and there you’ll be able to sign up as well.

These doughnuts were amazing. I made them using my Gran’s recipe. I’ll be posting the recipe soon πŸ™‚

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These are just a few or the pictures. I’ll be posting the ValentinesDay photos, as well as some from a Mad Hatter Themed party tomorrow and the next day so keep an eye out πŸ™‚

You can also have a look at my photos on Instagram @madamemacaronsa or like my page on Facebook – Madame Macaron SA

xxx Viveshni

Pic Of The Week: The Christmas/ Night Market @ The Helenic

The Night market was lots of fun. The hours were much shorter than the Christmas market last year which ran for 11 hours!

This was some of the prep followed by some pics from the market. We were asked to make our tables as festive as possible and I think I did a pretty good job πŸ™‚

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These are from the market

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My happiest customer

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I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that this new year will bring with it great memories and lots of yummy things to eat πŸ™‚

All the best for 2104!

Pics Of The Week: Diwali

My Diwali pictures are a bit late but better late than never right πŸ™‚

Diwali this year was great. I was a little swamped during the week getting orders ready for collection but I am definitely not complaining. It just meant that baking for myself ended up being a little rushed.

Here are the pictures of the orders that I made as well as some of the Diwali gifts I put together.

12 Macarons in Burfee, Chana Magaj, Rose, Chai, Toasted Coconut and Elachi

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The Boxes of 6 Macarons Ready To Be Packed

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These are gifts that I put together to give to friends and family. They all had smackarons, macarons and mini cupcakes with burfee and chana magaj buttercreams.

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Here are a few pictures of my beautiful family and our Diwali day.

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xxx Viveshni

Pics of the week: Polkadots and Jellytots

This past weekend I had a great time working on an order for Polkadots And Jellytots.

This party planning and candy buffet styling company is run by Nicky Abrahams and she definitely has a talent for putting things together in the most beautiful way.

The request was for everything is white and and yellow. Not too bright but not too pale either πŸ™‚ I think it all came together beautifully.

She sent me some pictures from the event. I don’t think my products have ever looked this beautifully presented.

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Macaron Smash Cake

I had a whole lot of left over macarons and this is what we got πŸ™‚ You either love the look or hate it, but it was quite yummy if I do say so myself.
Vanilla sponge with vanilla buttercream and smushed chai, raspberry, almond and vanilla macarons. I think there may have been a few lamington macarons in there also.

A nice Father’s Day treat πŸ™‚

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