Paris Brest from Zoë Bakes on Magnolia Network

A close up of the finished Raspberry Paris Brest.

Here in Minneapolis we have several lakes right in the city, along with miles and miles of gorgeous bike trails. Seeing everyone out and about had my wheels turning about making one of my all-time favorites — a raspberry Paris Brest. It’s a wheel-shaped dessert based on a French bicycle race between the cities of Paris and Brest, but you don’t have to be French or know how to ride a bike to enjoy this special treat!

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Victory (Victoria) Sponge Cake

A close-up of Zoë Francois' finished Victoria Sponge.

I fell in love with Victoria sponge cake on a trip to Dublin. The cake itself was so deliciously light but I had a difficult time replicating its texture when I got home. Once I employed “self-raising” flour, a common ingredient in the UK, which contains baking powder and salt in the mix, I had a total victory! The traditional filling is whipped cream and jam with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar. I added some strawberries for flavor, texture, and decoration along with some edible flowers.

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