“The ultimate cream sponge cake – the apple makes the cake really moist and the lemon-flavoured cream keeps it fresh-tasting,” says the one and only Mary Berry. “Delicious!”
For the sponge:225g baking spread, straight from the fridge, plus extra for greasing225g caster sugar225g self-raising flour1tsp baking powder4 large eggs, beaten2 eating apples, peeled, cored and gratedIcing sugar, for dusting
For the lemon filling:150ml double cream3 tbsp lemon curd
1. You will need two 20cm round, loose-bottomed sandwich tins. Preheat the oven to 180°c/160°c Fan/Gas 4, then grease each tin and line the base with a disc of baking paper.
2. Measure all the sponge ingredients except the apple and icing sugar into a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk until combined. Fold the grated apple into the mixture, then divide between the tins and level the tops.
3. Bake in the oven for about 25–30 minutes until golden, well risen and coming away from the sides of the tins. Allow to cool in the tins.
4. Meanwhile, make the filling. Whip the cream into soft peaks, then lightly swirl in the lemon curd.
5. Invert the tins to remove the cakes and then peel away the paper. Sit one cake upside down on a serving plate. Spread the lemon cream to the edge of the sponge, place the other cake gently on top to sandwich the cakes together.
6. Dust the top with icing sugar to serve.
Extracted from Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking by Mary Berry, photography by Georgia Glynn Smith, published by BBC Books, priced £22. Available now.