How to cream butter by hand

'Creaming' means combining sugar with a solid fat, such as butter, shortening or margarine.

- Ensure the fat has softened to room temperature before you start.

- Beat the fat with the sugar to a light and fluffy texture - start mixing quite slowly and, as the mixture becomes softer and well combined, you can mix faster.

- As you beat it, the mixture should increase in volume and take on a paler colour.

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Victoria sponge with strawberry jam Victoria sponge with strawberry jam

By Lesley Waters

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Equipment you will need for this technique

  • Wooden spoon
  • Mixing bowl

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