the holiday was last monday, but officially today was queen victoria's birthday. we had two kinds of cake. this kind:
a lovely present from our visiting friend jenr8, and especially welcome when i am officially not allowing myself to buy any yarn except for charity knitting! jen got it from the loving path in london.
we also had this kind:
a victoria sandwich! i had a moment of worry since we were out of jam, but luckily we had strawberries on hand.
i just ignored them on the stove for a while, during which i mixed up the batter, and they turned out delicious.
and the best most important ingredient:
1/2 lb strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 jar devon cream
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
combine strawberries and sugar over low heat. boil gently until it gels - you can test by leaving a saucer in the freezer to get cold, and putting a drop of jam on to see if it runs or sits. let cool.
cream together butter and sugar. beat in vanilla and eggs.
sift together flour and baking powder. fold thoroughly into butter mixture.
pour into two 7" or 8" round cake tins, greased, floured, and lined with waxed paper in the bottom.
bake 25 minutes at 350f, or until they spring back when lightly touched, and just start pulling away from the sides of the pan. let cool briefly in tins before unmolding on racks to cool thoroughly.
spread bottom layer of cake thickly with devon cream, then with strawberry jam. top with second layer.