Nanny’s Victoria Sponge (A Review of Perfect One-Dish Dinners)

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Perfect One-Dish Dinners is Pam Anderson’s latest cookbook, and it is quickly becoming one of my go-to cookbooks for entertaining. I first met Pam at the Big Summer Potluck, where I was absolutely thrilled to hear her sessions on writing recipes – after all, who better to glean tips and advice from than a former executive editor of Cook’s Illustrated magazine, food writer, and author of five cookbooks? She also blogs with her daughters Maggy and Sharon at Three Many Cooks, a blog that I absolutely adore!

The purpose of Perfect One-Dish Dinners is to equip you with an arsenal of recipes for one impressive dish, which allows you to have more time for family and friends rather than hanging out in the kitchen all night cooking. However, each dish also has an appetizer, salad, dessert, and wine pairing as well, so that if you do have a little extra time, you can easily throw together one of the accompanying dishes to round out the meal.

This week, I prepared my current favorite dish from the book for hubby and I for dinner – Coq au Vin Blanc. I’ve made it a few times now (in fact, I was so confident with this easy-to-follow recipe that the first time I made it was for company), and it’s one of our new favorite meals. For dessert, I decided to try out the recipe for Nanny’s Victoria Sponge cake. I did halve the recipe since there were only two of us eating dinner (however, I have included the full recipe below), and I filled my cake with apple butter rather than raspberry jam. It was lovely, light and buttery, and the perfect end to our meal!

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease two 8″ round cake pans. Cream together the butter and sugar.

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Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Alternately add the eggs and flour mixture to the butter mixture in thirds, beating until each is incorporating. Beat in 1 Tbsp warm water and the vanilla.

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Divide the batter between the prepared pans. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for a few minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Spread the top of one of the cakes with the jam. Top with the other cake. Slice and serve.

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Full Disclosure: I received a copy of Perfect One-Dish Dinners as a gift for attending the Big Summer Potluck. I only review those products that I have personally used in my kitchen. I was not compensated for this review with products, gifts, gift cards, or money, and the opinions expressed here are all my own.

27 Responses to “Nanny’s Victoria Sponge (A Review of Perfect One-Dish Dinners)”

  1. 1 maggy@threemanycooks Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    This is one of my all time favorites cakes :) It’s so light and fluffy! And the Coq au Vin Blanc is a weeknight go-to recipes for us as well. Thanks for participating, Tracy. We <3 you!!

  2. 2 Jessica @ How Sweet Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Love that you used apple butter! That sounds like such a delicious treat.

  3. 3 Jenny Flake Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    What a great looking recipe! Loving this!

  4. 4 Maria Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Lovely cake! I will be making this one!

  5. 5 Susan Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Yum! I love how fluffy this looks – I bet it’s delicious!

  6. 6 Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Tracy, I have had my eye on this cake ever since we got Pam’s cookbook this summer. I think it just got bumped to the top of the list.

  7. 7 Shanna ~ My Favorite Everything Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Looks so simple and light! Can’t wait to try it :-)

  8. 8 Katrina Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Mmm I love apple butter! This looks awesome.

  9. 9 Small Town Runner Karen Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    According to my Chef-husband’s pastry class, this cake isn’t technically a sponge because a sponge contains only eggs, flour, and sugar (and perhaps flavoring.) But it still looks very yummy!

  10. 10 Ingrid Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Apple butter in cake…Yum!

  11. 11 Marie Baars Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I am just visiting your website for the first time and I am so impressed! I want to make everything! I am very impressed and definitely look forward to reading your blog regularly!

  12. 12 Michelle Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Your cake looks absolutely scrumptious!

  13. 13 RookieMom Heather Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I’m impressed. Your photos look good enough to eat.

  14. 14 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    What a gorgeous sponge cake! I love the layer of apple butter!

  15. 15 Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    One of my favorite memories of this cake was making it with Maggy, Sharon, and Pam at their house in CT when Maggy was throwing a fundraiser for her maternity clinic. Maggy and I thought we were going to get all fancy with the icing, until we realized that Martha Stewart’s 7 minute icing does NOT pipe well! It was hilarious. Luckily we just threw some food coloring in different bowls, and then dipped the mini cupcakes we made from the sponge into the different bowls. They were so good, I couldn’t stop eating them! And Tracy, that coq au vin blanc is one of my favorites too. Next time you make it, try swapping carrots for the artichokes. The carrots come out AMAZING.

  16. 16 Amy from She Wears Many Hats Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Sounds lovely! Didn’t see this one in the book but did eye that Coq au Vin Blanc…that with this cake is calling my name.

  17. 17 Jennifer (Savor) Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    This will be the recipe that I make the first time I use my Le Creuset that is in the mail.

  18. 18 Paula - bell'alimento Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    That cake looks so light & fluffy! Love that you used apple butter! Can’t wait to try this one!

  19. 19 Tickled Red Says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I have been drooling over that cake for a bit now. I just went from drooling to impatient. Gorgeous! It looks so light and fluffy :)

  20. 20 indie.tea Says:
    October 26th, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Yum! The sponginess of the cake is evident in your photographs – the cake looks wonderfully soft and delicious.

  21. 21 Audrey Says:
    October 26th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I see ‘victoria sponge’ in the cozy British mysteries I read…it sounds like something Miss Marple would serve with tea, doesn’t it … and have always wondered what it was! It looks wonderful (and so easy?) I’m looking forward to checking out this book.

  22. 22 Cookin' Canuck Says:
    October 26th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Okay, I really need to try the coq au vin dinner. Everyone keeps raving about it. This sponge cake is such a pretty, delicate dessert to finish with.

  23. 23 Jen @ How To: Simplify Says:
    October 26th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Don’t you just love the book?! It’s my favorite cookbook in my collection. It’s filled with so many amazing recipes and menu ideas. I love this recipe! It looks absolutely lovely.

  24. 24 Souffle Bombay Says:
    October 26th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    The cake looks perfect….think I need to make it asap…!

  25. 25 Kristen Says:
    October 26th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Love this cake… can’t wait to make it along with a zillion other things I want to make out of her book!

  26. 26 Eliana Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I have heard so many great things about this book. Going to have to put it on my wishlist for the holidays :)

  27. 27 demi lovato Says:
    January 9th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    This looks so good, I can’t wait to try. There’s nothing better than one dish meals – simple and comforting!

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