Monday, March 4th, 2013

Limoncello and Balsamic Strawberry, Victoria Sponge Teacake

Limoncello and Balsamic Strawberry, Victoria Sponge Teacake ~ Recipe here
Photo © Katie Quinn Davies 2012

Hello all! I have been wanting to get a post up on the blog for some time now, but alas the last week went bananas for me work-wise after I took the week off previous to go to Melbourne. Sadly it seems now when I take time off it equates to the following week going haywire what with trying to catch up on work and mails and a gazillion other bits and pieces… I am going to quickly post this new recipe up now, but I’ll be back later this (now) Thursday afternoon with lots of amazing news regarding the book going on sale finally in the UK and Ireland, and a run-down on my week away in Melbourne and some links and ideas from places we ate ate over the week ~ and boy did we give the restaurants a good nudge down there, I think I came back 10 kilos heavier! :( Hence why I am running out the door now to go to the gym!

I’ll be back in a bit with some more pics and restaurant links etc.

Until then x

43 Responses to “Limoncello and Balsamic Strawberry, Victoria Sponge Teacake”

  1. March 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Gorgeous, I love the balsamic strawberries!

  2. March 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Victoria sponge has been my all-time favourite cake since I was a wee lass in the UK. I have few takers for it here in Malta as all my close family are lovers of those heavy ricotta, almond paste-type desserts and cakes of Sicilian influence. Now, with your wonderful combo of Limoncello and balsamic strawbs (which are just wonderful in Malta this time of year), I can perhaps persuade them to try a Vic sponge! What a wonderful idea – Brit cake meets Sicilian dessert. Wish me luck with getting my southern Med folk to convert! Beauty and simplicity, as ever, in your photos.

  3. March 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Forgot to say, I just got your UK print edition from Amazon. I am drooling at the thought of spending my Easter in the UK cooking from it. It’s sitting on the doormat at my folks place – 3 weeks to go to peel open its pages!

  4. March 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Can’t wait to here about your Melbourne adventures. I am going back down there this week. Philipa Sibley’s restaurant is on the list – And probably more than one of her desserts!!!!

    • Katie
      March 5, 2013 at 7:36 am

      Hi Brendan, will have that update on blog on Thursday now – time ran away on me yesterday and off to a 2 day shoot today. Cheers

      • Jos
        March 11, 2013 at 4:44 am

        Is that update nearly ready? About to go to Melb for a week and looking for new, yummy places to try! (No pressure!!!!). J x

  5. March 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Strawberries and balsamic are such a fabulous combination and I love that little acidity to the sweetness of the cake.

  6. Alicia
    March 5, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I just got your UK print edition. Your photography is extraordinary, I am in love with the photos! First recipe I have tried is ‘Mum’s Chocolate Meringues’. After a few failed attempts, I have finally found a recipe for meringues that works. They are so delicious. Do you think it will work if I use the same recipe but instead of 12 meringues I try a big pavlova? Same time / temperature? 1h / 140C?

  7. March 5, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Wow this just looks supremely luxurious. YUM. Sounds like the perfect accompaniment to a sunny tea time in the UK today :)

  8. March 5, 2013 at 1:45 am

    GOSH, That looks so delicious! I want to try that too :)
    Hope you enjoyed eating it :) )

  9. March 5, 2013 at 5:51 am

    This looks beautiful! Such a delicious merge of British and Italian !

  10. March 5, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Will definitely be trying this one Katie!
    Just wanted to let you know I received your cookbook last week in the UK and it’s just as I’d expected it to be …. fantastic!

    The photography and recipes are just lovely. I tried your lemon chicken with herbed rice tonight and it was delicious!
    Congratulations … you are very talented :-) )

  11. March 5, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Mhmm…this looks and smells like spring already :)

  12. March 5, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Just stunning

  13. March 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Looks gorgeus! Limoncello, balsamic, strawberry… mmm… just perfect!

  14. March 6, 2013 at 6:10 am

    oh my, that looks wonderful….just ordered book here in the uk…cant wait!

  15. March 7, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Bought the cookbook in Florida, USA. Sooo inspiring from one photographer to another! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

  16. March 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I just had to tell you that I have just bought your gorgeous book, Katie, and am so thrilled with it! I have a chalet in the French Alps where I do all the catering for the guests and have a million and one cookery books , but I have to say that this one is my new favourite. Beautifully presented and wow! your photos! Stunning!
    I got the book last weekend and have so far done the rosemary and blood orange cake (- so delicate, so delicious – so popular with everyone!), the spicy pumpkin with roasted pumpkin seeds and pangrattato – god, could eat that all day, and the slow cooked red cabbage which Id done before but your recipe is definitely the best I’ve tasted. Love that you add the apple sultanas and jelly at the end so they still keep their flavour – makes all the difference. I will be trying everything else over the coming weeks!
    Thanks so much for inspiring me again! I will be following the blog with great interest! Sarah x

    • Katie
      March 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      What a great post and wonderful feedback, thanks a million Sarah! It’s much appreciated and delighted you love the book :)

  17. March 9, 2013 at 2:54 am

    All I could say was WOW when I saw the photo of this cake. This looks incredible!

  18. March 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Hello! I found your book today when I was perusing some cookbooks at a local store. The moment I opened it I knew it was different. I knew it was special and I had to have it. The recipes are innovative and the photography is incredible. I look forward to making these recipes with my family. Thank you for sharing your passion with the world.

  19. March 11, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Love the balsamic strawberries.. I just ate some for dinner… so juicy and delish. This cake is going to be baked soon in this house. I tell ya.


  20. March 11, 2013 at 9:19 am

    wow! Super!!!! :)

  21. March 16, 2013 at 12:55 am

    This looks amazingly delicious – just discovered your blog, and i have to say, it is very appetizing ;)

  22. March 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Oh my god how delicious is that Cake, I am drooling all over my laptop. Love your blog :)

  23. March 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Wow, what an incredibly stunning cake! It sounds so delicious too :)

  24. March 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Looks amazing!!!

  25. March 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Hey Katie, I am a new follower of your blog and I have to just say OH EM GEE your recipes are divine and this Limoncello and Balsamic Strawberry Victoria Sponge Tea Cake looks absolutely ridiculously incredible! I can’t wait to try this and then justify to my partner and my behind why I ate the whole thing.

  26. March 19, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Hi Katy, this just looks incredible – I love the light on that cake. You have such a stylish eye and are obviously a fabulous cook too. BTW your book is everywhere in the UK at the mo! Mary

    • Katie
      March 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Many thanks Mary :) Great to hear about the book back home. I am in Dublin and London in July and can’t wait to see it on the bookstore shelves, will be mad crazy to see it esp. in Dublin in all my old haunts! :)

  27. March 20, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Typical fantastic!

    • Katie
      March 20, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Cheers Miranda!

  28. March 28, 2013 at 4:16 am

    This looks heavenly!

  29. Louise
    March 28, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Going to make this for Easter – will let you all know how everyone likes it!

    • Katie
      March 28, 2013 at 10:38 am

      Great thanks – please do! Happy Easter!

  30. Reeve
    April 5, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Hi Katie…I am new to your site, but now love it. Is there a place on your blog that can be used to convert ingredient measurements or oven times for those of us in the U.S. to use? I haven’t been able to locate it, if there is. Thank you!

    • Katie
      April 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Hi Reeve – welcome! Best thing I find for this is to google it, quickest method normally, I do it all the time for measurements. Just google the likes of 180˚C = ? F˚ and you’ll get a few sites. Same with Grams to ounces. Thanks

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  32. May 8, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Oh man this is so gorgeous. Just discovered this jewel when looking at the James Beard award list… congrats and stunning work :)

  33. Diego
    May 11, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Hi Katie,
    i’ve recently discovered your site, and i love every recipe you do, every one looks fantastic, so yummy, and the photos are great!!!

    Concerning this cake, i haven’t seen the size ot the tins and i would like to know to prevent having a very thin/baked cake.

    Thanks a lot, Diego.

  34. May 29, 2013 at 12:55 am

    yummy , very tasty

  35. September 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Wauw this looks amazing!! I can almost taste it:)

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