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Victoria Sponge Nightmare

post #1 of 4
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At the weekend I cooked a Victoria sponge for some friends, but it sunk slightly and was still soft in the centre after the detailed cooking period.  So I left it until the centre was no linger soft but the outer edges where then over cooked.

 

Help please, any advice would be appreciated.

post #2 of 4

There are variables involved. The temp of your oven, the mixing, the ingredients, fats, liquids etc...

 

Can you supply a recipe and tell us what size pan you used and the steps ?

 

Petals.

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post #3 of 4

I would leave it at the temperature you had it at but the reason it can sink is due to opening the oven too much to check it, since now you know how long it took last time for it to properly cook and at what temperature then keep it in without opening it until the first time you checked it then use a table knife and poke it into the sponge and pull it back out to see if any mixture came out on the knife, i have made victoria cake a couple of times at college but it all depends on the oven too really and i know how home ovens can really suck when it comes to baking cakes or anything like pie or sponge related.

 

In college what we do is we make just a couple of basic sponge cakes, then we cut them into thin slices and then layer some out all at the bottom then we add some coffee add the cream carefully with a pallete knife so the sponge doesn't scrape into the cream then the grated chocolate, after the bottom layer we add more cake slices on top again till it's all covered then add more coffee, cream and greated chocolate :). We also tend to cut the edges off first too and put them in the bin because even in the really professonal ovens at college the cornors of sponge cakes still tend to burn a little bit.

post #4 of 4

Cooking, if you follow this recipe exactly and as petals says your oven temp is accurate you will not fail.

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/english/victoria-sponge-cake.html

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