Celebration Cake

Serves 8

Afternoon tea – a thoroughly British affair. And what better way to wow family and friends than by following our step-by-step guide to serving up this celebratory centrepiece – even more so when you slice it open to reveal the delicious surprise.

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 drops vanilla essence
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g butter
  • 175g self-raising flour

Filling & Topping

  • 250ml double cream, whipped
  • 150g fresh strawberries
  • 150g fresh raspberries
  • 150g fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Mix together the cake ingredients to begin creating your soft and yummy sponge
  2. Preparation is the key – be sure to grease and line the two tins with only the raised bases in, then divide the mixture between them.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 180 C / 350 F, then remove from the oven and leave to cool before carefully turning out onto a wire rack
  4. Fill one of the sponge wells with a generous layer of jam – we find strawberry or raspberry works best it’s really up to you.
  5. Place raspberries and blueberries on top of the jam, arranging them in neat, concentric rings.
  6. Fill the other sponge well with whipped cream then gently but firmly join the two together and you secret centre will disappear from view – for now.
  7. Spread the remaining cream on the top of the cake – buttercream is equally scrummy!
  8. Arrange more berries over the cream in any design you wish – we’ve gone for a Union-inspired pattern in celebration of all the Great British events of 2012.