This brilliant springtime bake uses both rose petals and rose water.
3 Braddock White duck eggs
250g caster sugar, plus a little extra for dusting
250g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
250g unsalted butter, softened
200ml double cream
1 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla paste
100g good quality strawberry jam
A few drops of rose water
150g fresh strawberries
A few crystallised rose petals
A few small edible flowers to decorate
- Pre-heat the oven to 160C/gas 3. Grease and line the base of 2 x 23cm sandwich tins.
- Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl, following by the sugar, sieve in the flour and baking powder then add the butter. Beat together with an electric hand whisk until just mixed in.
- Evenly distribute the mixture between the tins, level off the mixture with a spatula so it’s even. Place the tins in the oven and bake for 20-25 mins until risen and skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the middle of the cake.
- Allow the cake to cool for a few minutes in the tin then carefully turn out on to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
- To prepare the fillings gently whip double cream with a little sieved icing sugar, vanilla paste and dash of rose water to very soft peaks.
- Mix the strawberry jam with a splash of rose water until it becomes a bit more spreadable. Slice some fresh strawberries leaving a few for the top of the cake and stir the slices into the jam.
- Spoon the jam on the top of the bottom layer of sponge and spoon over blobs of cream, then place the second sponge on top. Top with a dusting of icing sugar and rose petals, flowers and the remaining strawberries.
CHEFS TIP: To make your own crystallised rose petals carefully pluck the petals from one or two fresh edible roses. Separate 1 egg and whisk up the white well. Place 3 tbsp caster sugar in a small bowl. Get a tray lined with baking parchment ready. Using a paint brush, paint the egg white on to the petal. Hold the petal gently with tweezers and sprinkle over the sugar to lightly coat the petal. Place the petal on to the tray and leave to dry for at least 2 hours until dry. Store in an airtight container.