Wheat and Gluten Free Victoria Sponge Cake Iced Fondant Fancies.
Victoria Sponge Iced Fondant Fancies or Tea Squares
Victoria Sponge is a traditonal English moist cake with a jam and whipped fresh cream filling. I have created a wheat and gluten free version adapted from a recipe by Fiona Cairns www.fionacairns.com . ,
This recipes offers fondant fancies as a pretty alternative to cupcakes when serving a tea or for a birthday party. I have given both wheat and gluten free and regular flour options in the ingredients list below. I also like that it is a one-step cake with all the ingredients mixed together in an electric blender. Enjoy!
Ingredients - (WGF and non WGF option)
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup sourghum flour
OR 1 1/4cups self raising or cake and pastry flour
3/4 cup butter (unsalted)
3 large eggs lightly beaten
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups icing (confectioners) sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla
Pre-heat oven to 350F
Butter and line with parchment paper - create a 3/4 collar - an 8" baking pan
Sift flours and baking powder into mixer,add butter, vanilla, sugar and eggs. Beat on high for 2 minutes.
Spread the batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 35 mins. Let cool for 5 mins and then turn out onto a wire rack.
Make the buttercream filling by mixing butter, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth.
When cake is cool carefully cut it into halves and spread the buttercream icing. Sandwich the two halves together and cut into squares. Trim off rounded edges to make the squares and turn upside down so you have a flat top for icing and decorating.
Place 2 cups icing sugar into a bowl, slowly add water using small desert spoon and mix until you have a stiff icing - do not use too much water - if you do add more sugar. Divide into as many bowls as icing colours you want, add one or two drops of colour and mix.
Place squares onto a wire rack and allow the icing to cover the cake. Or use a knife to spread the icing. Don't worry if it is not perfect unless you are an expert at icing! Decorate tops as you wish.