3largeeggs At room temperature – lightly beaten - UK large size (Canadian ‘Extra Large’; Australian ‘Jumbo’; and US ‘Extra or Very Large’
buttercream/ganache/preserve/sprinkles of choice
Base-line three 7 inch (18 cm)(or two 9 inch (23 cm)) round, non-stick baking tins with baking paper.
Preheat the oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas 4 (170 fan).
Weigh and mix together the flour, almonds, xanthan gum, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt, making sure the ingredients are fully combined and all lumps are broken down. (TIP: weigh into an airtight container and shake vigorously). Set aside.
In a jug, stir together the milk and vinegar and leave to stand for 10 minutes (it will become clumpy and make 'buttermilk').
In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and caster sugar with an electric whisk until pale, light and fluffy.
Break the eggs into a small bowl and beat together with a fork to combine. Add a little at a time to the butter mixture, beating thoroughly between each addition until smooth.
Add and beat in the vanilla extract.
Finally, alternately fold the 'buttermilk' and flour mixture into the batter about a third at a time. Work gently but quickly, until just combined and even. Be careful not to over-mix.
Divide the mixture between the baking tins and smooth the tops.
Bake for approx 25 to 40 minutes (dependent on cake size and oven) until golden, the top springs back to the touch and a skewer/toothpick inserted comes out with just a few crumbs attached.
Cool for 10 minutes in the tins, before gently turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. (If necessary, carefully run a flat knife around the edge of the tin to release)
Once cold, fill and decorate as you choose.
* Note: nutritional information is an estimate & may vary according to portion size/ingredient variants.Gluten Free Alchemist Flour Blend A can be found on the GFA Flours & Flour BlendingPage. If using an alternative flour blend, the texture may be slightly different.Note: Calorific values are based on sponge only. Decoration and fillings are additional.