You know it just wouldn't be Easter without Mini eggs. And, we don't mean for that to sound ignorant, as we know Easter isn't exactly about chocolate and Easter bunnies, but as we have gotten older we feel that Religion has a different meaning for everyone.
We were bought up Catholic, but when we got to our teen years our parents never forced it on us. We still have our beliefs but feel Religion is a personal thing. Of course, you can tell people what you believe in by all means, but we don't feel it's right to judge others or look down on others if they don't feel the same. So, with that being said, while yes, Easter will bring with it a day of blessings and gratitude, it also, for us, brings with it the aforementioned mini eggs... yay! :)
We are incredibly lucky to have such an amazing family that thinks of us and surprises us with parcels. We squealed with pure joy when Mum and Jen sent us mini eggs and Cadbury's chocolate a few weeks back. Then we received another surprise when our Auntie sent us even more mini eggs and Lindt bunnies. In addition, our favourite Italian store here in Clearwater always imports Italian Easter eggs, which yes, cue more squealing. We picked one up and knew we had to get baking and make something cute.
We had a little scroll through Pinterest and found a simple Vanilla sponge recipe. We blasted some Fedez and the Walking on Sunshine soundtrack and got to baking! :) (Apologies for not having the Pinterest link, we can't remember which one it was now!)
You will need:
For two cakes:
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup All purpose flour
2 Sticks of Butter
1 Tbsp Vanilla
2 Tsp baking powder
What to do:
Pre heat oven to 350 of.
Line 2, 8 inch cake tins.
Cream butter, vanilla and sugar together until fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time, allowing each to combine.
Add baking powder, then add flour in two parts.
Split in to the two tins and bake for 20 -25 mins until lightly golden.
Repeat to produce 4 layers.
We simply spread an even layer of jam between each cake as we stacked them. You can of course use a buttercream too.
We used little drops of Nutella to help place the mini eggs and shattered chocolate and we dusted the cake with a sprinkle of icing sugar.
We kept it simple, as we are not huge on sugary frostings, but there's always room for Nutella! :p
Due to the boys being away at a wrestling show and having our camera, these pictures were taken on our phones. We were actually really happy with how the outdoor ones turned out. We have been learning and experimenting with natural light, though the sun was starting to go down causing a few shadows, but we like them all the same! :) The indoor lighting wasn't all that great but we just had to show you the inside of our cake! So yummy!
It taste like a proper British Victoria Sponge cake, which made us do a little dance of joy, and it smelt divine with the addition of the Italian chocolate and jam. We used grape jam as that is what we had in and it was pretty delicious, but you can use the traditional strawberry jam or whatever you fancy.
Head over to our Instagram @theblossomtwins to see more pictures of the cake...you know we took a fair few! :p
What are you baking for Easter? Do you enjoy a mini egg or five?
Have a wonderful day!