Victorian Sponge Cake in an Old Peanut Factory, Hackney Wick.

My lovely friend Allie of But First, Cake moved into an awesome converted warehouse space in the Old Peanut Factory in Hackney Wick. The Wick is a converted industrial area that has been relatively recently taken over by creatives who live in studio/warehouse spaces.

We have been meaning to do a housewarming for Allie for a while, and we finally got around to it.

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With some wine from my Deli, Dylan and I rode our bikes through Victoria Park with a spinach, ricotta and feta canneloni in the front basket. Allie tested out a new recipe for Victoria Sponge – perfect for an Aussie’s London housewarming. Allie has a new baking business in the works – we are very lucky to get to be her test subjects!

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Allie lives with one of my colleagues from the Deli, who just got a new kitten. This little guy spent the evening meowing at us and wanting to get to all the food.

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Allie and I are terrible influences on each other – Dylan had trouble finishing his first slice – while Allie and I may have had three slices each…

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Allie’s Victorian Sponge was lovely and soft, not dry and airy like a lot of sponges are. She filled it with buttercream and strawberry jam. Perfect!



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