Strawberry Cream Sponge Cake

Serves 8

• 200g soft unsalted butter, & extra for greasing
• 200g caster sugar
• 4 large free-range eggs
• 200g self-raising flour, & extra for dusting
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 2 tbsp rosewater, plus a little extra
• icing sugar, for dusting

Filling

• 250ml whipping cream
• seeds scraped from 1 vanilla pod
• 1 tbsp caster sugar
• remaining rosewater
• 120g strawberries, sliced
• 4 tbsp strawberry jam

1. Preheat oven to 180°C.

2. Grease 2 x 23cm cake tins and line with greaseproof paper.

3. Beat butter and sugar until light and creamy, then add eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. (If mixture starts to curdle, gently fold in a little flour.)

4. Fold in flour, baking powder and rosewater. divide mixture between tins, making sure to level with a spatula.

5. Bake for 20 min or till golden and skewer comes out clean.

6. Allow cakes to cool on a wire rack. Meanwhile, lightly whip cream, vanilla seeds, sugar and dash of rosewater until soft peaks form.

7. Place a cake layer on a serving platter, spread jam over and then cream mix, and place sliced strawberries on top of cream. Top with other cake and dust with icing sugar.

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Photography by C&D Heierli • Recipes by Diane Heierli