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Cake History Part I: Frosted Victoria Cake

Our Frosted Victoria is one of the bestselling Celebration Cakes at Jack & Beyond. The recipe is a modern twist on the classic Victoria Sponge and retains the traditional strawberry jam filling whilst adding an elegant, smooth finish with our delicious Mascarpone & Cream Cheese Vanilla Frosting, handmade meringue kisses and fresh strawberries. But what is the story behind this popular sponge cake and the secret to its deliciousness? Keep reading and find out! The Victoria Sponge is a beloved British teatime classic from the Victorian era with a Royal background. Some sources claim that it was the favourite treat of Queen Victoria herself who used to have it with her afternoon tea. It also goes by the name “Victoria...

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Behind the Baking Process: The Making of a Jack & Beyond Cake

At Jack & Beyond, we believe that making a cake is truly a little bit like magic and has an artistic element to it: A baker starts with several, individual ingredients and transforms them into a beautiful cake through a skillful process that involves several steps. These steps have to be carefully executed to achieve the best possible results in terms of taste and finish of a cake and we are receiving many questions from our customers about how our cakes are made. So, whether you are an aspiring hobby baker or simply curious, let us take you on a little journey behind the scenes and into our kitchen where the ''magic happens''. Our Head Baker Corrine has kindly shared...

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Common Baking Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

This article explores some of the most common baking mistakes and shows you how to avoid them. Oven One of the most common baking mistakes is not letting your oven pre-heat. The first step when baking a cake should be to pre-heat the oven. It is ideal to let the oven come to the correct temperature before putting anything in to bake, otherwise it could take a lot longer to bake than anticipated. If a cake would go in at a low temperature, this could mean that it will not be able to rise and your sponge will end up being quite dense, whereas you ideally want a light and fluffy sponge. Incorporating When baking, there are several ways to...

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The Jack & Beyond Guide to Great Mince Pies

Mince Pies are one of the most popular Christmas treats and are widely available from supermarkets and bakeries during the festive season, but what actually makes a really great Mince Pie? This handy guide will provide you with interesting information about the beloved treats and explain why you should choose our award-winning Jack & Beyond Mince Pies. A Short History of Mince Pies Today's Mince Pies have come a long way and the first recipes are in fact many centuries old. Over time they have had many shapes and names such as ''Crib Cakes'' and ''Mutton Pies'', with the latter hinting towards their original filling. Back in the day Mince Pies used to be savoury and usually filled with minced...

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