Victorian Spring Posy Cake for Easter or Mother’s Day
using Crystallised Violets
One of my recent cake inventions – a standard Victoria Sandwich Sponge with a few delicious additions. Fresh oranges and lemons, lemon curd, crystallised violets and mascarpone cheese make this basic sponge cake moist and special enough for the Easter Sunday tea-time table, or for Mum on Mothering Sunday. I used lemon curd for the icing, but orange curd would also work if you wanted a mellow flavour. The recipe for the crystallised violets is posted on my blog here: Crystallised Violets. If you don’t have any fresh violets, use some sugar paste flowers or cake decorations that work for you – the object is to make a posy of flowers on top of the cake.
This makes a big cake with one layer, you can cut the cakes again and make a three layer gateau if you wish. This cake disappeared quite quickly last time I made it, but if you have any left, it keeps EXTREMELY well in a tin for up to one week. The sponge cakes can be frozen before icing, cutting back on time if you are going to be busy for the special event.
This is the last recipe in my series of Violet recipes, although I will be using all my violet preparations in more recipes in the future……..I would also like to dedicate this cake to the wonderful challenge that Ruth is hosting on The Pink Whisk – the TPW Save the Children Recipe Challenge. This is my third recipe to be added the the recipe challenge and you can read all about it here: TPW Save the Children Name A Day Challenge. PLEASE do enter a recipe into Ruth’s recipe challenge and also take a look at the campaign that aims to end hunger for children, all the details are on the Save the Childrenfollow website; I feel very strongly as a food writer (and blogger) that I may in some way, albeit in a small way, help to raise awareness of this catastrophic and shocking problem.
Here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy this cake as much as my mum did when I last made it for her and do let me know if you make it, and how it turns out too………I will be back later today with my Fish on Friday recipe, a lovely PIE just for British Pie Week! See you later, Karen.