On Monday 12th May we had a demonstration and talk by Anne Ludwig who showed us how to make the perfect Victoria Sponge cake. She started the session by making cupcakes and these we enjoyed in our Tea Break. Lots of questions and answers to various cooking problems Anne dealt with and we now know that if our cakes and food gets too crispy and possibly burns in fan assisted ovens we should put a tray of water in the bottom of our oven and this stops the food burning. Anne also said that the best butter/margarine to use when making sponge and cupcakes is Utterly Butterly as Stork makes the cakes too greasy.
Anne had brought 2 readymade sponge cakes with her and she demonstrated how to make cream icing and proceeded to cut the sponge in half and spread the cream icing over the cake and then halved fresh strawberries and these she put on top. The top layer was replaced and more cream icing and strawberries on the top. This again was served at our Tea Break. It all looks so easy and the end result was a perfectly decorated sponge cake. The next cake she decorated with sugar icing (using the bought version from Morrisons) and this has to be kneaded until it is more pliable. She covered the sponge and suggested that it was best to turn it upside down and then there is a perfectly flat top on which to put the sugar icing. Anne decorated around the base with a sausage shape and then pressed shell design all around. The cake looked so lovely when it was finished. Anne then demonstrated how to make roses and leaves which can be used as decoration.
After the demonstration we all enjoyed the cakes Anne had made and they really were delicious. We are all going to have a go at making the perfect sponge cake!