I hate throwing away leftover ingredients, therefore sometimes, like today, a baking day starts with scouting the fridge and my magic cupboard (aka the place where I keep all the ingredients that aren’t at risk of going stall if not kept at a certain temperature) and coming up with a recipe to use all those ingredients. And today is was the turn of cream cheese – I bought a bucket of silky cream cheese a few days ago and after making a Romanian cheese pie, I was left with about 1 pound of cream cheese that was going to sit in the fridge for days if I wasn’t going to use it. But boy, I’m happy things happened this way because I got to make and taste these cheesecake bars which might be one of the best cream cheese desserts I ever made and tasted!
The Victoria sponge was name after Queen Victoria, who enjoyed a slice of cake with her afternoon tea. It is still one of the most popular cakes in the UK. The traditional version consists of two sponges, layered with whipped cream and raspberry or strawberry preserve. If you top it up with some seasonal fruit and serve with a glass of champagne instead of a cup of tea, it truly becomes a royal dessert. You can increase the number of sponges (I made four) to make it even more queenly. Multi-storey Victoria sponge is a frequent guest at British weddings.