Classic (or not) Victoria Sponge Cake

A few weeks ago I posted this picture on Instagram.

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It got quite a response! Mainly dueΒ to the magic ratio of cake=cream=cake! We all love a Victoria sandwich, who doesn’t? I will admit the cream can be a issue for some people. we do usually just have jam but sometimes we add cream as a treat. πŸ™‚

I thought I might share my recipe, not mine originally this one is years old, but the one I stick to. I always go old school with cakes, using the 6663 rule.

6oz Self Raising Flour

6oz Butter ( I use Stork, controversial?)

6oz Caster Sugar

3 eggs

Put it all in a bowl/mixer and mix. hard hey?! Split between the tins and bake at 180c for about 25 minutes, until golden on top, coming away from the tin at the sides and a skewer comes out clean.

I find this works fine for a 7″-8″ tin or makes about 20-24 fairy cakes. For a deeper cake or a larger tin, up the quantities to 8oz butter/sugar/SR flour and 4 eggs.

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Camping in Wales. The Site

DSCF0862At the beginning of August we went camping in Wales for the first time. We chose a site from the Cool Camping Wales book, called Tir Bach between Pistyll and Nefyn on the Llyn Pensinsula. We drove most of the way down in glorious sunshine but 10 minutes away from the site the clouds came in and the rain came down, boy did it come down! We would be pitching the tent in the rain *sigh*

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Not great! Luckily there was a break in the rain, just long enough to get most of our kit and the kids inside. which was where we stayed until morning! The rain did. not. stop. Neither did the wind! We didn’t sleep a wink, thankfully the kids did.

The next morning we got sight of just how beautiful the place really is. All this had been hidden in cloud when we arrived but now we could see right round the bay from our cliff top field.

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Waking up to this every morning was wonderful, especially when the sun was shining as it did for the rest of our stay. We also got a magnificent sunset over the sea to watch every evening.

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Each evening we watched the sunset, then went inside the tent for a few games of cards, a glass of wine for the grown ups, before snuggling into our sleeping bags.

The Round Up

Don’t bother looking for a website, there isn’t one! Facilities are basic, its a bring your own loo roll kind of place! There are 2 fields next to the owners house, for tents and small campers only, both perched pretty much on the edge of a cliff! The sheep occupy the very edge! The coastal path from the site is pretty inaccessible these days so its better to drive the few minutes into Nefyn to go to the beach, or a little further to Morfa Nefyn and visit the Ty Coch Inn.Β There is a chippy in the village and a shop selling good burgers for your bbq. If you really want get away from it all this is the kind of place you need. Its just you, your tent and the sheep.

Taking the plunge!

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I have dabbled in blogland for a while now, starting blogs and finding I’m not sure what it is I want to say, I think I’ve been over thinking things, putting too much pressure on myself, needing to know from the very first post where my blog is going. Well, not this time. I have decided I don’t mind. I’m just going to post bits of my life and pray at least one person reads it and enjoys it! I am aware I’m quite late to this blogging party, but I have been loitering at the bar (obviously) for a while, reading some beautiful and inspiring blogs along the way and ‘meeting’ some lovely people who have inspired me to take the plunge and create a little bit of space for me. Please stop and say hello if you find yourself here one day, I’ll be thrilled!!