This is a cake adapted from a recipe from Edd Kimber, winner of the first series of the 'Great British Bake Off'. I say adapted...its actually not his sponge cake mix, just the frosting and decoration that I have copied. I have attempted to make the cake in this book 'The boy who bakes' twice and each time the sponge has failed me. Each time it is dense and underbaked. The first time I made it I followed the directions and it didn't work, I tried again a few weeks later, this time leaving the cake to bake longer. Both times it looked great but on cutting each layer was dense and almost raw! Yuck! I even tweeted Edd and asked for advice, showing him the picture, he mentioned oven temperature may be the problem and to invest in an oven thermometer - I did - however the second attempt still failed. Oh well, can't win them all!
The frosting however is perfect and I have used his recipe a number of times for topping of other cakes, cupcakes etc. The recipe for the vanilla sponge is from Anna Olson and is the same recipe I used a few weeks back for my salted caramel vanilla cake. I have only included the assembly instructions and ingredients for the frosting below. Find the vanilla cake recipe here.