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Cake Strips - A Blake & Bull Community Tip

BIG congratulations to Helen for her baking efforts and a rather fabulous sponge following Steve'stips and recipe from the Blake & Bull baking guide.

The ultimate victoria sponge cake recipe for aga range cookers a blake and bull baking guide tipThank you to Helen for this gorgeous mouth watering photo! (nice drying racktoo! 😉) Helen used 'cake strips' on this cake too, they gave her an even bake and a flat top, making layering the sponge much easier. 

Helen's cake was made in 7” tins using 3 eggs, and Steve's recipe. Cooked in the baking oven.

They will increase your bake time, Helen estimated that her 25 min bake increased to 40, but she relaxed and just checked on it for progress, so lost track. 

To make your own cake strips -

  • Use tin foil and paper towel, wet but not dripping.
  • Measure the outer circumference of your tin using a soft measure or by simply wrapping the foil around to gauge what you need. Leave excess to fold over and pinch in.
  • Get the same length of good kitchen towel and fold into a strip the same height as your tin.
  • Do the same to the foil, but leave open to receive the tissue. Wet your paper a little and compress to remove excess water, it should be damp through.
  • Sandwich the paper into the foil then wrap around the tin and pinch tight.

Feedback for Helen's top tip! - @mrsmaccersagram tried them for a wedding cake! - "I've just deployed this top tip, which I hadn't heard of before, when I made three sponges for a wedding cake- totally awesome flat tops- thanks so much!"

Do please keep your baking tips and photos coming! 




Katy Boys

Katy Boys

Katy is a rural girl at heart. She loves long walks, home cooking, paddling in rivers, warm fires and socks and stomping in leaves with her children. After studying ‘drawing stuff’ at university in Bath, Katy spent 10 years selling wares and managing folk at Habitat in Bath. Welcoming children into her world prompted her to return to drawing things, people and places from home. This led her to us at Blake & Bull and the rest is history. She draws our stuff, provides cuddles for the office dog, and is here to chat to you lovely lot.