Whenever I’m not having the best of days, I usually try and make it better by doing some baking. I know many people who say you should never bake when you are stressed because all your negative feelings will somehow permeate their way into whatever your making, resulting in failure. I don’t necessarily agree with that. I find baking in stressful times really relaxing, but only if you give yourself enough time and don’t rush – I find things tend to go wrong when I’m trying to rush myself and have fifty other things going on in my head.
Since it’s American Independence Day, I couldn’t resist making something to suit the theme – and here we are – I give you my vanilla and orange flavoured sponge with lemony cream and berries. Admittedly, this cake recipe is actually very British but with those red and blue berries peaking out under the white cream I think it looks quite fitting 🙂
I used this recipe for the sponges and added 1 tsp orange extract. You could easily swap the extract for the zest of one grated orange if you like.
I sandwiched the cakes together with strawberry jam and a lemony double cream (made by whipping 180ml double cream them folding in 70g Yeo Valley lemon curd yoghurt)
I wish all my American friends a very happy and peaceful 4th July! xxx