I absolutely love the homeware and wallpaper ranges from cookery writer and designer Sophie Conran and adore this ceramic cake stand from the Sophie Conran for Portmerion range. It retails for £47 and is part of a set of three which can either be stacked or used separately. There is also a whole range of tableware available - from plates, bowls, cups to casserole dishes and measuring spoons. I'm thinking about my birthday and Christmas lists and I am seriously in LOVE!
I used a Mary Berry recipe which I've found on the BBC Good Food website for you here, although I took it from her Baking Bible, a book which is very well used in my house. This cake is pretty much fool proof and very simple to make because you mix all of the sponge ingredients in one go. The only change I make is to add a layer of whipped double cream to combat the sweetness of the jam.
Instead of a more traditional strawberry or raspberry jam filling, I used a fabulous blackberry and sloe gin jam made by Queens Park Preserves. These guys specialise in jam, chutney and marmalade and are based literally just down the road from me in Hinckley (South West Leicestershire). You can buy their products online and in some local delis. Also look out for them at farmers markets and food fairs around the Midlands! This jam is sweet but not tooth achingly so and its full of pips which gives it a real rustic feel. It worked perfectly for this cake too!