Today I’m sharing my take on the infamous Tottenham Cake.
I recently had a comment on my YouTube channel, asking for me to share a Tottenham cake recipe, so here it is.
I hadn’t made this specific cake in quite a while, so was quite happy to try something different and new to my channel. This isn’t exactly a traditional version of the traybake but it will certainly hit the sweet spot the same way.
If you’re not sure what this cake is, I’ll tell you. It starts with a vanilla sponge cake which is topped with a simple icing, coloured pink. This is from the use of berry jam or berry puree in the icing.
If you like sprinkle cake, you’ll love this recipe. I recommend you check out my other ‘old school’ recipes, including jam and coconut cake, chocolate concrete, chocolate hedgehogs and small cornflake tart/large cornflake tart.
Anyway, let’s get started, shall we?
220g Granulated sugar.
220g Plain flour.
1 tsp Baking powder.
Pinch of salt.
1 tsp Vanilla extract.
400g Icing sugar.
50g Raspberry jam, seedless and slightly warmed.
Milk, as much as needed to achieve the perfect consistency.
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract.
(optional) Desiccated coconut or 100s and 1000s.
Before you get into the baking, you’ll want to do some prep work. Start by weighing up your ingredients, lining your 9×13 inch cake tin with parchment paper, preheat your oven to 180˚c/350˚f and grab a large mixing bowl and mixer.
To start on the cake, take the mixing bowl and place the butter and granulated sugar into it. Beat the two together until they are lighter and fluffier in colour and consistency.
Once they are combined, you can give the bowl a good scraping down, just to incorporate any bits that may not have been fully worked in from earlier on.
Then you can go ahead and add in your eggs and vanilla, roughly one at a time, beating well in-between each addition. You will notice the consistency changes as you add the eggs, this is normal.
Give the bowl another good scraping down, just to incorporate any bits that may not have been fully worked in earlier on.
Take a sieve and pass the plain flour, baking powder and salt through it. I do this as the dry ingredients can sometimes have lumps in the mixture – start the mixer on a low speed to start with, working your way up to a medium-high speed, add a tablespoon of milk at a time, just until you have the perfect consistency.
Transfer the cake batter directly into the lined baking tin and spread it out using a small cranked palette knife or the back of a spoon.
Now place into your preheated oven and bake for roughly 25-30 minutes (or it should be golden brown and a tester should come out clean when in interred into the centre).
While the cake is baking, you can make the icing – which is super easy.
For the icing, grab a small-medium bowl and place in the icing sugar, milk, vanilla extract and raspberry jam. Whisk together until you have a thick but spreadable icing, you may need to add more milk or icing sugar to achieve the perfect consistency, so take your time with it to ensure you get it right. Set the icing aside until its needed later on.
Once your cake is fully baked and cooled, you can go ahead and add the icing directly on top of the cake and spread it out using a small cranked palette knife, ensuring you have given the top of the cake a good coating, this is where you can add the desiccated coconut or sprinkles, but I kept it plain and thats what makes a Tottenham Cake personally.
I place the cake into the fridge, just until the icing has firmed up, which is roughly about an hour. You can then take it from the fridge and take a sharp knife and slice the cake up, I went with 12 very generous sized portions but you could cut them in half and still have a good sized portion.
That’s all for today guys, I hope you enjoyed. If you did, don’t forget to share this recipe with your family and friends and enjoy it. I’ll be back soon with another blog post and YouTube video, so join me then. In the meanwhile, don’t forget to check out my other social’s – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. The YouTube tutorial will be linked down below.