Earlier in the month I had picked up some reduced price ladyfingers from Brodies Countryfare (I also got a massive sticky toffee pudding reduced from £8 to £2 which was good to freeze) so resolved to use them in a dessert on Sunday.
The obvious options were trifle or tiramisu. I have a theory that everyone either hates trifle (I’m not the hugest fan as I’m not a fan of soggy sponge or textures of food mixing. I used to hate the idea of cold custard but Mr B has changed that somewhat… it’s funny how being married changes your eating habits!) or has a very particular version of trifle they love. Also I find that coffee flavoured desserts are either very popular, or not at all! So I steered clear of them both and found a great little cake recipe via Casa Costello‘s blog which inspired me heavily.
I loved the addition of buttermilk in the sponge – I might even go so far as to say that this might become my ‘go-to’ sponge recipe now as it was so light. Instead of adding lime zest to the sponge mix, I added a generous two teaspoons of vanilla extract. I used half a pack of sponge fingers, and cut them in half to frame the cake, as it was a two egg mix (though you could of course make two sponges for a victoria sponge type effect). On top of the sponge, I spread half a (284ml) tub of whipped double cream and used some of the remaining cream as a glue to stick the fingers around the cake.
The finishing touch was of course the strawberries, but you could use a mix of berries or other fruit. It’s a delicious simple summer cake which brightens up any day (even despite the gloomy weather we’ve had recently!) and the ladyfingers are a great addition in terms of asthetics, as well as taste and providing a crunch texture!