A quest for gastro-liberation, an excuse to buy more cookbooks…

London Victoria sponge

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Victoria sponge with Union Jack decoration

Not so named after the troublesome behemoth of a rail, coach and tube station. Rather, the London Victoria Sponge is so monikered because the Union Jack merrily flutters, bedecks and drapes every corner of London at the moment. The heady combination of the Jubilee, the Olympics and Eurovision (okay, that last one might just be me) has inspired me to embrace the flying of the flag in a rather more edible way.

(I’m a devotee of Nigella Lawson’s recipe from How To Be A Domestic Goddess which substitutes 25g of the flour for cornflour. It gives the cake a pleasing springiness and makes it lighter than the average Victoria Sponge without losing the beautiful butteriness of the sponge. It’s not available online, so if you don’t possess a copy of it (and why not?), this is pretty much it.)


Author: Hong-Anh

Climb aboard the Good Ship Gastrobabble as we voyage upon the unchartered waters of my neglected cookbook library (and muddle my metaphors faster than a KitchenAid on full-speed).

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