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Lemon mascarpone Victoria sponge


Serves: 10
timePrep time: 35 mins
timeTotal time:
Lemon mascarpone Victoria sponge
Recipe photograph by Kris Kirkham

Lemon mascarpone Victoria sponge

Tangy lemon and passion fruit curd offsets unctuous mascarpone cream in this twist on the classic teatime cake

Serves: 10
timePrep time: 35 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
437Kcal
Fat
29gr
Saturates
18gr
Carbs
37gr
Sugars
37gr
Fibre
0gr
Protein
6gr
Salt
0.3gr

Tamsin Burnett-Hall

Tamsin Burnett-Hall

Tamsin learned the tricks of the trade from cookery legend Delia Smith. A trusted recipe writer for the magazine for over 25 years, she is now our Cookery Workflow Editor, overseeing testing and editing to ensure that every recipe tastes great, is straightforward to follow and works without fail. In her home kitchen, Tamsin creates fuss-free flavour-packed food for friends and family, with baking being her ultimate form of comfort cooking
See more of Tamsin Burnett-Hall’s recipes
Tamsin Burnett-Hall

Tamsin Burnett-Hall

Tamsin learned the tricks of the trade from cookery legend Delia Smith. A trusted recipe writer for the magazine for over 25 years, she is now our Cookery Workflow Editor, overseeing testing and editing to ensure that every recipe tastes great, is straightforward to follow and works without fail. In her home kitchen, Tamsin creates fuss-free flavour-packed food for friends and family, with baking being her ultimate form of comfort cooking
See more of Tamsin Burnett-Hall’s recipes

Ingredients

For the curd
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 passion fruit (optional)
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 50g unsalted butter, diced
For the sponge
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g soft unsalted butter
  • 4 medium eggs, at room temperature
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
For the filling
  • 1 x 250g tub mascarpone
  • 50g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 200ml double cream

Step by step

Get ahead
The sponge layers can be frozen, and the lemon curd can be made ahead and stored in a sterilised jar in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. Assemble shortly before serving; leftovers should be kept in the fridge.
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Grease and line 2 x 18cm sponge tins.
  2. Grate the zest from both lemons. Divide equally between a heatproof bowl for the curd, and a mixing bowl for the sponge. Squeeze the juice from 11⁄2 lemons and add to the curd bowl, then scoop in the pulp and seeds from the passion fruit, if using. Beat the eggs and add to the same bowl, with the sugar, butter and a small pinch of salt. Stir to combine, then place over a pan of very gently simmering water. Stirring regularly, let the curd cook and thicken until it coats the back of a spoon (this will take 15-20 minutes, but keep an eye on it and make sure that it doesn’t get too hot or the eggs will scramble). Sieve into a bowl, cover and leave to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, make the sponge. Add the sugar, butter and a pinch of salt to the zest in the mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, cream until very soft and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a little flour with each one. Sift in the remaining flour and baking powder, add the milk and the juice of the remaining 1⁄2 lemon and fold together to make a batter that drops easily from the spoon.
  4. Divide equally between the sponge tins, level the surfaces and bake for 20-25 minutes until the sponges are well-risen and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and leave in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out to cool on a wire rack
  5. For the filling, tip the mascarpone into a mixing bowl and add the icing sugar and vanilla. With an electric mixer, beat together. Initially the mascarpone will start to liquefy; keep on beating and it will thicken again. Add the cream and beat until the filling is holding soft folds; take care not to overbeat (add a little milk or extra cream if it does get too thick).
  6. To assemble, place one sponge on a serving plate and spread with half the mascarpone filling. Spoon on about two-thirds of the lemon curd, then add the second sponge on top. Spread this with the remaining mascarpone cream and drizzle with the rest of the curd. Serve in quite small slices, as this is rich.

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