6 oz of caster sugar

6 oz of self raising flour

6 oz of soft margarine

3 eggs

Vanilla Extract

1 Punnet of Strawberries

1 Medium double cream

Icing Sugar

Strawberry Jam

Yellow Food coloring

Step 1: Turn the oven on gas mark 5 / 190c

Step 2: Grease 2 x 7 inch sandwich tins or use grease proof paper

Step 3 ; Sift the sugar into a bowl and add the soft margarine and cream together

Step 4: Add 2 ounces of flour into the mix at a time along with 1 egg and mix cream together each time until all the eggs and flour has been used.

Step 5: Stir in 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

Sep 6: Cook for about 20 mins until it is golden brown and springs back to the touch.

Step 7: Leave the cake to cool for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack

Step 8 : Whilst the cake cools, wash the strawberries, put 3 or 4 to the side.

Step 9: Whisk the double cream until thick and fold in sifted icing sugar to sweeten. Then stir in 1 tablespoon essence.

Step 10: Once the cake has cooled, spread a layer of strawberry jam on one sponge and spoon the cream on top. Once the cream is in cut and add halves of strawberries on top of the cream. Then add the other sponge gently on top.

Step 11: Make icing using icing sugar and water. Add vanilla essence and yellow food colouring to the icing. Pour the icing over the top of the cake, once slightly set place your whole strawberries on top of the cake.

This cake is worth the work and is an absolute joy to have in the summer. If you dont find it relaxing making, then you certainly will eating a slice in the summer heat.

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