Continuing my baking theme of trying to find healthier baking alternatives, here’s a fatless Victoria sponge recipe that I’ve tried and tested recently and served up for my book club. It was touch and go whether or not the middle of the cake would be edible and I did make a quick trip to the shop for emergency cake just in case!
What you need:
150g self-raising flour
150g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract*
No added sugar strawberry jam
1 tsp icing sugar to decorate
Frylight (or alternative low calorie cooking spray) for greasing
What you do:
- Preheat your oven to 170°c. Using Frylight grease and line 2 x 7″ baking tins with greaseproof paper.
- Using the whisk attachment on a free-standing mixer whisk together the eggs and sugar until the mixture has tripled in size. This does take a good 7-10 minutes – keep going, it does happen!
- Carefully fold in the flour with a metal spoon – try to knock out as little air as possible to ensure a good rise. However, be aware that although you think you’re mixing the flour in, it will also sink to the bottom so be sure to mix to the bottom of the bowl! This happened to me and I had to mix in the flour in the baking tin – oops!
- Divide the mixture between the 2 prepared tins.
- Bake for approximately 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack.
- Spread one sponge with the jam, add the strawberries if required.
- Put the other sponge on top and sprinkle with icing sugar to decorate.
Fortunately there was only one pocket of flour discovered in the cake so that was better than I expected and I didn’t need the emergency cake supplies after all. As the cake is so light it will take on the shape of whatever you put in so mine wasn’t a perfect circular shape due to the greaseproof paper folding in slightly.
If you’re following the Weight Watchers plan, as am I, then I managed to get 9 pieces from this cake and pointed it at 8 points per slice. A shop bought slice of Victoria Sponge ranges between 6 and 30 SmartPoints depending on shop and portion size so I’m quite happy with this at 8 points as it was a good sized piece and no sacrifice made in terms of taste.
I’m struggling to find a fat and sugar free sponge recipe so if anyone has one please do let me know.
Until next time…Happy Baking!