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A Victoria sponge cake (or Victoria Sandwich) is a tea time classic and is one of my favourite cakes; the recipe has royal provenance with the original recipe being attributed to Queen Victoria and her love for a “plain sponge cake”. The stalwart of all WI Cake tents, as well as being a popular base recipe for birthday cakes, today’s recipe for Duck Egg Victoria Sponge Cake is based on a classic Victoria sandwich, but is made with duck eggs instead of the usual hen’s eggs. The duck eggs add an extra richness and golden colour to this cake, and it also rises to the occasion, with the cake being a very large and fluffy version of the traditional Victoria sandwich.
I made this cake a week ago, to take to a friend’s house as my contribution for a dinner invite; the filling was my lovely homemade Pink Gooseberry and Elderflower Jam and is the perfect combination, counteracting and enhancing the richness of the duck eggs in the cake. My cake might not pass muster in the WI Cake tent, as unfortunately I made the cardinal error of allowing the cake to cool top side down, so the top of the cake has the wire cooling rack marks on it, ooooops, but, never mind that, it tasted divine and was light and fluffy with an even crumb. A final dusting of caster sugar completes the picture and all that is needed is a cup of tea to accompany a slice or two.
Today’s Duck Egg Victoria Sponge Cake is served on a selection of my lovely The Caravan Trail flatware, with the tea being made in and served in one of the collections’s teapots and mugs. I mixed all the patterns up, using a selection from the Dorset Day Trip range, and as you can see, all the patterns and colours look wonderful together. I particularly love the colours and patterns in the range, which are based on summer fruits and a day trip to the seaside on the southern coast of England. You can see the full range of all The Caravan Trail crockery here: The Caravan Trail. And, for all my other recipes that I have created in collaboration with The Caravan Trail, you can see them all here: Lavender and Lovage Caravan Trail Recipes.
Disclaimer: I receive samples regularly from The Caravan Trail free of charge, in exchange for recipe development and promotion on my social media channels. All views and opinions are my own and I choose to share this china on Lavender and Lovage, as it is a unique British designed (and British made in certain cases) company based in Staffordshire. I was not compensated financially for this recipe post. Pieces from the range can be bought here: Buy the The Caravan Trail