How do I bake a cake in one tin?
If you do want to bake layer cakes in one tin then make sure that the sides of the tin are deep enough. The cake batter should not come more than 2/3rds up the side of the tin, otherwise it could overflow during baking.
How deep should a sponge cake tin be?
The depth of sandwich tins can vary slightly but they are roughly 4cm/1 10/16 inches deep, regardless of the diameter. Springform pans and deep cake tins are usually 8cm/3 1/8 inches deep, again regardless of the diameter.
Can you over whisk a Victoria sponge?
If the butter or spread is too soft, it becomes oily and the resulting cake heavy and dense. If the butter is too cold, it takes too long to incorporate into the sugar and eggs and can cause over-mixing, which in turn means a heavy cake.
How long should you leave a sponge cake in the tin?
Wait until your cake is fully cooled before removing it, this may take 2-3 hours. Run a butter knife or a palette knife around the inside edges of the cake tin.
Does the depth of a cake tin matter?
Not only will the extra depth benefit any cake (more on that below), it makes the pan more versatile, so it can be used in a broader range of recipes and take the place of many specialty pans.
How full should you fill a cake tin?
Make sure to fill your cake in a three-fourth to a half of the way to avoid overfilling it. If you exceed that limit, it will cause the cake batter to rise up and over the cake pan. Then, onto the oven. For this reason, it would help if you grab a measuring cup.
Does the height of a cake tin matter?
Yes, when it comes to cake pans, size does matter. It is a natural inclination to want to vary the size of tin that you bake your cakes in, but for some cake recipes the outcome of going either larger or smaller in pan size without adjusting batter volumes will yield results that are less than desirable.
A loose-bottomed or springform tin is preferable to help release the sponges easily. We are also big fans of non-stick, although we’d still recommend you line your cake tins with a circle of baking paper. The sizes we usually suggest for our layer cake recipes are 20-25cm/8-10in diameter.
Can you use granulated sugar instead of caster sugar?
Granulated sugar will usually work just fine as a caster sugar alternative. Substitute on a 1:1 ratio (if your recipe calls for a cup of caster sugar, use a cup of granulated sugar).
Do you sift flour for Victoria sponge?
You don’t sift, sift, sift!
In each stage of the sponge making process you need to add as much airiness as you can. Once your flour is measured, hold the sieve a few inches above your mixing bowl, pour the flour into the sieve and gently sift away, this will ensure a light sponge once baked.
Why is my Victoria Sponge not light and fluffy?
If your sponge has come out too heavy or dense but cooked through, this could be due to under-mixing. Mixing is an important step in incorporating lots of air so that the sponge becomes light and fluffy. It could also be due to the fact that there weren’t enough raising agents used.
Why should you put a sponge in the fridge?
Fridge smelling a little funky? Sprinkle a damp sponge with baking soda and place on a refrigerator shelf (away from any food). The baking soda and sponge work together to absorb foul odors. This is only one way to banish kitchen odors—here are the rest.
How do you get a sponge cake out of the pan?
Most cakes are best unmolded from their pan while they are still warm, otherwise they tend to stick. To remove, run a sharp thin-bladed knife around the cake’s edges. Place your cooling rack over the cake and invert the cake onto the rack before cooling completely.
Can you put a warm cake in a tin?
In short, yes. Since cakes need to cool completely before frosting or adding other decorations, it’s feasible to let non-perishable cakes sit in the pan overnight.