Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Praline Filling and Butter Cream Frosting

The next recipe really was made up as I went along, I had spent the day on the sofa watching the entire series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and I was inspired so I literally went into my kitchen opened the cupboards and started experimenting! The result was Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Praline and Butter Cream Frosting, I hope each mouthful lives up to its name, here is the recipe;

Ingredients

  • 240g of Plain Flour
  • 180g of Sugar
  • 3 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 2 Pinches of Salt
  • 205g of Butter
  • 240ml of Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 100g of Icing Sugar
  • 150g of Cream Cheese
  • 20g of Cocoa
  • 100g of Crushed Almonds
Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Praline Filling and Butter Cream Frosting

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Prepare 2 cake tins by greasing with butter
  3. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together then add 80g of the butter and mix until crumbly
  4. In a jug thoroughly whisk the milk, egg and vanilla extract together
  5. Pour the wet ingredients gradually into the dry ingredients whilst continually mixing until smooth
  6. Pour the mixture evenly into the cake tins
  7. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes
  8. Once cooked allow to cool thoroughly
  9. When the two cakes are cool you can prepare the filling by mixing the cream cheese, cocoa and almonds together
  10. Spread the filling over one of the cakes
  11. Then place the other cake on top and use any remaining filling to fill the centre of anz gaps
  12. Put in the fridge for the filling to set for around 30 minutes
  13. Once the filling has set cream the rest of the butter and icing sugar together
  14. Then use to decorate outside of the cake, either by hand with a palette knife or use an icing bag
  15. Leave to set for 30 minutes then serve

Experimenting is the best thing you can do in the kitchen, this Vanilla Sponge with Chocolate Praline Filling and Butter Cream Frosting was really really delicious and has definitely inspired me to make up more of my own ideas from leftovers in the cupboard in future, who knows what could be next…

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