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One of the most classic cakes is victoria sponge cake. When I first came to the UK, this is the first dessert I learned to bake myself. This is where my baking experiments begins. This cake is sweet and soft, very easy to eat with a cup of tea. It is mine afternoon tea cake choice around half of the time. Did you know you can make them easily in an air fryer?
You can make this classic cake in the oven too. Just follow this recipe, use the same ingredients and temperature. I just find whenever I bake for only 2 people, it a lot more efficient to make it in the air fryer. I do not want to heat up the whole oven for a small cake.
How big is your cake depends on how big is your container, the oven safe bowl I used takes up nearly all the space in the air fryer basket. If you use the same ingredients as I do, the cake should be enough for 2 people to eat 2 times. We had 2 small pieces cake each after lunch and another 2 small pieces in the afternoon tea.
For your convenience, a video version of this whole post is linked below. If you want to make this yourself, feel free to print out the printable recipe, which is at the end of the post.
Ingredients for Victoria Sponge Cake
Caster sugar, self-raising flour, baking powder, butter, eggs, jam, cream
A few things that help
The classic way to bake this sponge cake is to bake top part and bottom part separately. This way when you put the jam and cream in the middle and put the pieces back together, they hold together beautifully. You will not have broken cake pieces. However, if you are short on time like me, and do not have time to bake top and bottom separately, you can bake one whole cake and cut it in the middle.
My cake breaks a little bit at the edges when I cut it in the middle. This is because this cake is very fluffy and soft. If you alter the ingredients to make the cake a bit more firm, it is less likely to break when you slice it in half.
Another thing I learned from baking in the air fryer is that do not make your cake very tall. This is because there is a grill element built in the top of the air fryer. If your cake top is very close to the top of the air fryer basket, it will get burnt easily.
Different air fryer might have a slightly different performance. However, I found one that is similar to the one I have and has the best rating on Amazon. Here is what I found Philips HD9220/20 Healthier Oil Free Airfryer (For UK), BLACK+DECKER HF110SBD 2-Liter Oil Free Air Fryer (For US)
Here is a video version of what I just wrote above 🙂 Watch it if you have unlimited internet or wifi. Printer-able recipe is at the bottom of the post.
Youtube Video – Victoria Sponge Cake
Have you read my previous recipe-Chicken Kabob?