Classic Victoria sandwich

Classic Victoria sandwich

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Cooking time

Ready in 30 minutes, plus cooling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 10 slices

You can't go wrong with this perfect party cake - full of spongey goodness. Makes a super-simple wedding cake, too

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Cake base freezes well for 3 months
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
558
protein
5g
carbs
76g
fat
28g
saturates
17g
fibre
0.6g
sugar
57g
salt
0.9g

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g softened butter
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk

For the filling

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 140g icing sugar, sifted
  • drop vanilla extract (optional)
  • 340g jar good-quality strawberry jam ( we used Tiptree Little Scarlet)
  • icing sugar, to decorate

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients together until you have a smooth, soft batter.
  2. Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon, then bake for about 20 mins until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.
  3. To make the filling, beat the butter until smooth and creamy, then gradually beat in icing sugar. Beat in vanilla extract if you’re using it. Spread the butter cream over the bottom of one of the sponges, top it with jam and sandwich the second sponge on top. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving. Keep in an airtight container and eat within 2 days.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2005

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trishpjr's picture
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Really easy to make, very nice results for minimum effort. I have made three of these now and all have been really moist and yummy.The first time I used my food processor but the next two times just an electric hand whisk and it worked fine. It does make quite a big cake, which was just as well as it didn't last long, family and friends loved it! I used a bit extra vanilla essence in the butter cream which I thought worked well.

tillyflop2311's picture

Made this today and it is delicious.
I used fresh cream in place of the buttercream. This was only to keep the sugar content as low as poss as my husband is diabetic. He loved it as did I.

sarahharas1's picture

I tried making this cake. One of the tins came out fine, other one wasn't cooked properly. I hate my oven and having nothing but cooking disasters since owning it !
Most cakes I make aren't cooked within time scale given, then after adding for few minutes extra it's over cooked.
EDITED: Added other tin and it's cooked ok now, but one has sinked ! :(

Thegingerbiscuit's picture

I made this cake for work and everybody loved it! The sponge is really light and goes perfectly with the jam and buttercream filling. The only thing I changed was that I added 1tsp of vanilla essence to the sponge itself for extra flavour.
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Thegingerbiscuit's picture

I made this cake and took it to work and everybody loved it! The sponge is really light and works perfectly with strawberry jam and butter cream. The only thing I changed was that I added 1tsp of vanilla essence to the sponge itself for extra flavour.
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kittyperry's picture

Any idea how this would work with a chocolate buttercream icing in the middle and no strawberry jam?

Thegingerbiscuit's picture

I think it would work really well with this sponge cake recipe, especially if you added a bit of vanilla essence to the chocolate butter cream. Also if you wanted to you could make an extra layer of cake by halving the recipe above and sandwiching it altogether to make a great layer cake :)
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turkishjelly's picture
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Lovely cake and very easy to make. Its very sweet though so I would use less filling next time.

sozzie's picture
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Really quick and easy to make. This recipe is a really good, basic sponge that can be adapted as you please. I put jam, strawberries and fresh cream in, absolutely delicious!

Thephuckup's picture
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Okay so I'm a 15 year old cooking failure and I managed to "make" this cake. Time to explain.

Okay so I didn't have a cake tin or a scale or anything so everything ever was an aproximation. I didn't have a bowl big enough to stir this crap so in the end it looked like this:
http://31.media.tumblr.com/e78911b9f11b40a27cbae72f3bfaa818/tumblr_n8uom...

Anyways I didn't have the stuff to make the filling so there's none of that but after 20 minutes it had cooked into a flat cake. Very flat, but VERY Tasty.
It looked like this:
https://31.media.tumblr.com/93c5e4954f51aa5542e1e75c93e1355d/tumblr_n8up...

and my satisfied face looked like this:
http://37.media.tumblr.com/eb71393f7aa337351af343fece7c5070/tumblr_n8upp...

In conclusion; it would taste a lot better if some professional had done it and yet it still tasted good so I hope to god I get to taste professional Victoria Sandwich

P.s. my mother just realized we've both eaten 5 "servings" of this cake so we're going to die from hypoglycemia now

Thephuckup's picture
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Okay so I'm a 15 year old cooking failure and I managed to "make" this cake. Time to explain.

Okay so I didn't have a cake tin or a scale or anything so everything ever was an aproximation. I didn't have a bowl big enough to stir this crap so in the end it looked like this:
http://31.media.tumblr.com/e78911b9f11b40a27cbae72f3bfaa818/tumblr_n8uom...

Anyways I didn't have the stuff to make the filling so there's none of that but after 20 minutes it had cooked into a flat cake. Very flat, but VERY Tasty.
It looked like this:
https://31.media.tumblr.com/93c5e4954f51aa5542e1e75c93e1355d/tumblr_n8up...

and my satisfied face looked like this:
http://37.media.tumblr.com/eb71393f7aa337351af343fece7c5070/tumblr_n8upp...

In conclusion; it would taste a lot better if some professional had done it and yet it still tasted good so I hope to god I get to taste professional Victoria Sandwich

THE OP BAKER's picture

im 12 and just made it easy and fun

CurlysCooking's picture

Really easy recipe which makes a lovely light and fluffy cake. Instead of the buttercream filling I used a recipe for a fresh cream and strawberry filling which was a little bit more special than just cream and berries! You can find the recipe I used on my blog www.curlyscooking.co.uk if you want to have a go :)

D3mQN's picture
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Very easy to make, We love it! Filled it with Chocolate butter cream, Chocolate squirty cream on top and it didn't last long sat on the side :D Also, I like to add a splash of Vanilla extract to the cake batter before baking :)

Damian

Mags09's picture
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Very easy sponge. Lovely and light. I filled it with lightly whipped cream and strawberry jam. Worth a try if you're a novice baker.

Mags09's picture
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Very easy sponge. Lovely and light. I filled it with lightly whipped cream and strawberry jam. Worth a try if you're a novice baker.

Linseylou's picture

This recipe was so easy to follow.The first Victoria sponge I have ever made, being a bit of a novice, I was surprised how easy it was.Looks and tastes fab , given the tips re the butter cream I did use less than suggested.which worked well.I would say to bare in mind that the cream will spread to the ends when you cut into it so I guess filling the middle and leaving an edge would work best.Fab recipe :)

ellecim's picture
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I made this for my Mother's 85th birthday afternoon tea and it was very popular. It's very easy to make, looks and tastes delicious. I filled it with fresh cream and a mixed berry compote then dusted the top with icing sugar (using a happy birthday stencil). Highly recommended!

kmct's picture

I liked it, it was easy and quick and tasted good. I didn't bother with the butter cream filling, just stuck with jam and covered the thing in icing for a birthday cake. It went down a treat.

Chef spence's picture

Disappointing....... Tasted nice but was a total flop! Took out of oven, looked good, next time I looked they had shrunk! Was for a birthday, had to start again with different recipe

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