Mary Berry is without a doubt one of — if not the — most influential bakers of our time. Whether you’re watching old re-runs of the national treasure on The Great British Bakeoff, or following one of her hundreds of book recipes, it’s easy to see why everybody needs a little bit of Mary — especially in these times.
During lockdown, many of us will have been experimenting with our baking skills, and honing the classics. One unbeatable favourite that’s undoubtedly become a lockdown staple is the Victoria sponge cake, which is just a great all-rounder for all cake lovers to enjoy. And if you want to make the process of making a Viccy sponge just that little bit easier, Mary has a top tip for you that’ll save both time and effort.
Instead of using the traditional method of creaming sugar and butter together, Mary advised in her Telegraph column to forgo this whole process in favour of an ‘all-in-one method.’ This involves mixing baking spread into sugar, eggs, flour, and baking powder until it is smooth.
Explaining why this is now her preferred method, Mary said: ‘I no longer prepare a Victoria sandwich with the traditional creaming and folding methods, as this all-in-one method gives excellent results every time. All that creaming of butter and sugar. I never seem to have the butter soft enough. And then the tins have to be lined and everything has to be just so.’
After you’ve made your newly-formulated Victoria sponge cake, if you still crave a little more Mary, you can currently catch her on TV on Saturday afternoons. The baking Goddess is taking part in a new BBC2 series named Celebrity Best Home Cook.
The show sees a series of celebrities — such as Ed Balls, Desiree Burch, and Gareth Thomas — battle it out to win the approval of cooking experts Angela Hartnett, Chris Bavin, and of course, Mary. It’s the perfect show for cold lockdown Saturdays spent inside!