Saturday, 19 May 2012

A Jubilee Sponge Fit For A Queen


Bart Ingredients, the name behind a fine range of herbs and spices, has been working with Edd Kimber, winner of The Great British Bake Off to come up with a modern twist on the Victoria Sponge to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this summer. The recipe features a unique and exciting blend of ingredients from all over the world, from cinnamon to their signature Bart Bristol Blended pepper and even a refreshing hint of mint to tingle the tastebuds!

spices, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, mint, nutmeg

I was challenged to have a go at making this cake using this selection of Bart Ingredients spices.  Here is the recipe:


Serves 10

½ tsp Bart Bristol Blend Five Peppercorns
½ tsp Bart Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Bart Ground Ginger
¼ tsp Bart Ground Nutmeg
2 tsp Bart Mint (Freeze Dried)
250g self-raising flour
¼ tsp salt
250g margarine or butter
250g Bart Vanilla Sugar
4 eggs, beaten

For the Filling and Topping

250g cream cheese
150ml double cream
100g icing sugar
250g strawberries, quartered
200g blueberries


  • Grease and line 2 20 cm round sandwich tins. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4.
  • Cream together the margarine and vanilla sugar until light and creamy.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together and slowly add to the mixture, along with the eggs.
  • Divide the mixture between the two prepared tins and smooth the tops. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until well-risen and golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
  • When completely cool, cut each cake in half horizontally so you have four thin cakes.
  • To make the filling, beat together the cream cheese, cream and icing sugar until thick and smooth. Spread the cream on top of one cake layer and scatter over one quarter of the strawberries and blueberries. Top with another cake and repeat.

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Edd Kimber's Bart's Jubilee Sponge

My Verdict

I have to admit that when it came to the crunch I was a little bit too scared to add the pepper and mint.  (Next time I'll be more brave!)  I also deviated by only making a two layer sponge and instead of a full Union Flag on top, I went for a St George's cross (reduces the amount of fruit needed if like me you are on a tight budget!)  Nevertheless, I was very impressed with my finished cake (although it is not as elegant as the amazing cake made by Edd Kimber)!!  It looked quite grand and the addition of the spices added a subtle warmth to the flavour of the sponge, that I would never have thought of  adding myself.  The Bart spices themselves were lovely to use and smelt really lovely and fragrant.  I was very impressed that the ginger and cinnamon are organic.

strawberries, cake, royal, Jubilee
The Strawberry Cross

cake, Jubilee, sponge, strawberries
Strawberries and Cream

cake, sponge, strawberries
A Slice For Me!!

If you feel inspired to bake a Jubilee Sponge I'd love to see how yours turns out!  Would you be brave enough to add pepper??

Bart Ingredients are running a competition to win a masterclass with Edd Kimber by submitting your own Jubilee creations.  Full details at


  1. Although I was surprised when I read the type of spices recommended for the
    Victoria Sponge, I have to say your finished result looked absolutely delicious.
    I'm not sure that I would have used the Peppercorns, I simply cannot imagine how this spice could enhance the flavour of the cake.

  2. Be braver next time - it does work! Pepper is used in lots of classic spice mixtures for cakes and biscuits. The quantity used here is just enough to add a subtle spicy-ness without being overpowering. Also, pepper with strawberries is a popular combo, so don't be scared!



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