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Gabby’s Victoria Sandwich Cake


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What is it about sprinkles that makes them so appealing? When I see sprinkles, or as the Brits call them, hundreds and thousands,  I spontaneously break out into a HUGE smile! Smile

How cute is the name hundreds and thousands?!? I think they came up with that name because there are hundreds and thousands of them in a little bottle. If you know the real reason why, please let me know.Smile

In New England they are called jimmies.  I read that these teeny balls of happiness were invented in France and the French called them nonpareils-without equal. Yes, nothing compares to sprinkles especially when they are nestled comfortably on buttercream wedged between two layers of delicious and moist cake!

Why is it called a Victoria Sandwich Cake? I found the reason why: “This cake was made popular in the Victorian times in the U.K. and named after Queen Victoria, and its lead to believe her majesty was very fond of this particular cake. It would be served for afternoon tea when ladies & gentlemen would take tea, sandwiches and cake for refreshments before their evening meal to bridge that hunger gap.”
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The kids wanted to make me this happy cake for Mother’s Day. We saw it in a really chic magazine and the little girl that made it for her “mum” was named Gaby (Gabriella likes the Gabby spelling:). Gabriella said it HAD to be her cake for me on Mother’s Day! I used a different cake recipe and my own buttercream frosting recipe. I needed to work with American measurements.Winking smile

This is cake I will be making more often. My husband said it looked like a hamburger. Whether or not it reminded him of a burger, he sure did enjoy a huge slice of this cake last night with me while we watched The American. I enjoyed George Clooney and the mess my hundreds and thousands were making all over the couch.

George Clooney and sprinkles = happy mommy!
The movie was not that good. I didn’t care. Winking smile
Gabby’s Victoria Sandwich Cake
serves: approximately 8
inspired by: Good Food April 2011
Ingredients:
Slightly adapted by Wilton

3 cups sifted cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup sour cream

Buttercream Frosting and Jam

Frosting recipe see below
1/4-1/2 cup your favorite jam (I used strawberry!)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom of two 8-inch round cake pans and line with waxed paper or parchment paper. Mix the milk and sour cream together; set aside. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
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Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.
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Add eggs one at a time to the creamed mixture. Add the vanilla and beat until and vanilla thoroughly combined.
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Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with milk/sour cream mixture. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and beat well after each addition.
Spread batter evenly in prepared pans.
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Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting:

In a medium sized bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Gradually add in the confectioner’s sugar. Add in the milk a tablespoon at at time until you have a nice and spreadable consistency.

When the cake is completely cooled (if the cake is not completely cooled, it will ooze all over the sides of the cake), spread the buttercream frosting onto the center of the first layer up the edges of the cake.
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Spread the jam onto the buttercream frosting.
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Add on the sprinkles before adding the second layer of cake.  (I put my hand underneath where I was sprinkling to catch the sprinkles. so it wouldn’t make that big of a mess.) Place the 2nd layer of cake on top and press down gently so the buttercream will stick out a bit. Dust confectioner’s sugar on top. If you have any leftover buttercream, you could spread it on top instead of confectioner’s sugar.
Refrigerate before serving. Enjoy!Smile

Forget about this cake. What do you think about George Clooney? He lives sort of near my in-laws by Lake Como in Italy. I always giggle when we are at the train station because there are rows and rows of post cards of Lake Como with his face splattered on them. When I go to Italy next month I will send some so you can see!!SmileReally. I will! Send me your address (cakeduchess @ aol.com) if you want one!!

Gabby says "THANK YOU" to everyone that enjoyed her story for my last post. She loved reading all the comments!

Hope your week is fun and happy full of delicious cake with hundreds and thousands everywhere!!Smile

35 comments

  1. hundreds and thousands is pretty much the cutest name ever. your daughter (sans glitter) is adorable! george clooney, yes please (cover him in glitter and send him my way!). p.s. I love that I can see all your espresso makers stacked. you take your coffee seriously ;) oh and this cake, looks delicious!

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  2. Gaby was great in your last post, you might have to have a new special Gaby's Gabbing section on your blog!
    As wonderful as your review was of the movie, can you please provide next time a critique of the female lead actress for those that aren't as interested in George Clooney? ;)
    I hope the clean up of the hundred and thousands doesn't take forever!

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  3. Fabulous, a grown woman here is licking the screen .... this looks beyond yummy!

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  4. Aw, this is so yummy...and such a great project to take on together. I just gave my mom a Mother's Day shoutout in my weekend post for teaching me baking skills - I'm sure Gaby will be doing the same in a few years.

    As for Clooney...the man is like Chanel No. 5: timeless and great for all occasions...day or night. ;-)

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  5. Haha...I would watch a boring movie to see George Clooney, too. Now to the delicious cake...so simple and lovely. My hubby would want a large slice, too. Your Gaby is gorgeous...and a good baker and writer? You must be so proud :)

    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, Lora.

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  6. This cake does look like a big delicious sweet-burger and a lot of fun to bake as well. Hope you have a wonderful visit at your in-laws next month. Who knows, perhaps you'll see George Clooney on the train instead of just rows and rows of postcards of him.

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  7. What a beautiful post... and an even more beautiful cake :-)

    As for George Clooney, love him, absolutely love him

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  8. Aww what a fantastic Mother's Day you had with sprinkle cake and George Clooney, how about that?! Love the bit of history you gave about it too. Now I got to go to Asian store so bye for now:).

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  9. This is fantastic! A great way to celebrate Mother's Day! And, yes, send me George Clooney! ;-)

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  10. Looks great, Lora! Sprinkles make everything fun!

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  11. Looks amazing! :-) Sprinkles make everything better! ;-)

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  12. I just love that it is called a sandwich cake! Great photo of your daughter:-)

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  13. well done Gabby.

    Hundreds and thousands are so pretty. Great fun too until you drop a tube all over the kitchen floor. I'm still finding them from last time Oliver had them out !

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  14. Lora...a wonderful Mother's Day cake. I am sure you had a swell time with your family . Elisabeth told me that she had a great time with you :) Gaby looks beautiful :) she will be a great baker like her grandma and mommy :)

    Have a nice day,
    Elin

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  15. I love sprinkles too! They just look so happy :-)

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  16. Ooo, sprinkles! They do make everything a little more fun. Although this cake looks pretty fun on its own, love the sandwich cake!

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  17. George Clooney? Send him my way please, with a slice of this cake ;) I haven't watched that movie you're talking about and after reading your reviews I guess I never will :) your daughter is SO pretty, gorgeous loving parents = gorgeous loving kids! When is she starting her own blog? :) xoxo

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  18. Like Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, here's what I'm loving... those sprinkles, receiving a postcard from you in Italy, and your daughter's tank top! This cake sounds delicious. Yummy!

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  19. What is it about sprinkles that always makes me feel like a kid instantly? They make me so happy! Great post, Lora, and a very cute little baking assistant you had! :) Thanks for sharing another mouthwatering baked treat.

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  20. Gabby is so cute and quite the up and coming baker. Our Gabbi likes sprinkles too.

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  21. This looks so good!

    I call them Jimmies! And I'm not sure why, many Philadelphians get their backs up against the wall when they are called anything else!! :)

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  22. Sprinkles make everything better. Great cake and Gabby looks proud, as she should be! Love the idea of mother and daugther working together!

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  23. What a cool cake! Sprinkles are so decorative and happy!What a beautiful daughter you have!

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  24. This cake does look happy and perfect for Mother's Day. Sorry i didn't tweet you back, you do know I'm the worst tweeter ever by now I hope. lol I will have to send you my address.
    -Gina-

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  25. Sprinkles just make everything better. It's all that color...it brings out the happy. :)

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  26. It looks like a giant jelly (cake) sandwich! YUM! You have a cute apprentice baker there:)

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  27. As soon as I saw the picture I smiled :) I think it was the sprinkles! I always end up with sprinkles everywhere too...how does this always happen?!?

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  28. What a fun cake. I do see the "hamburger" resemblance. You just reminded me that I must see the George Clooney movie. How can you go wrong with colored sprinkles - nice job!

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  29. Anything with sprinkles has my name on it!! I seriously want to eat this entire cake right now. :)
    How cute is your daughter? I love that she helps you bake!

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  30. Looks heavenly, Lora! Thanks for sharing! Sprinkles make everything so much better!

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  31. Colourful sprinkles make the cake look so happy and lovely! Bet it tastes as great as it looks!

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  32. Oh goodness, your top picture is like total food porn. Who can resist those fun little sprinkles and a lovely cake? Definitely not me.

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  33. That defiantly looks like a happy cake :) The sprinkles do make it more fun...

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  34. I've always wanted to make one of these cakes--they look so inviting and pretty.

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