Classic Victoria sandwich

Classic Victoria sandwich

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(379 ratings)

Ready in 30 minutes, plus cooling


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

  • Cake base freezes well for 3 months

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal558
  • fat28g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs76g
  • sugars57g
  • fibre0.6g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.9g
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    For the cake

    • 200g caster sugar
    • 200g softened butter
    • 4 egg, beaten



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    • 200g self-raising flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
      Baking powder

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    • 2 tbsp milk



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    For the filling

    • 100g butter, softened



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

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


    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.

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    Comments (560)

    AliBel's picture

    Made this today. Quantities all wrong. Ended up with dense, sunken cake which tasted of scrambled egg.

    Deeanor's picture

    I have tried using the 'all in one' method a couple of times and the cake does not turn out very well and doesn't rise much. However, when I use the 'beat the sugar and butter first, then add the beaten eggs and fold in the flour' method, I always get a perfect cake.

    Psalm 34v8's picture

    Made this cake a few weeks ago and it was absolutely delicious! One of the best cakes I've made! It was quick and easy to make and the sponge was soft and light. Very thankful for this recipe :)

    katejbx's picture

    I have made this cake twice and both times it has tasted beautiful but Im getting a really poor rise! Nowhere near the rise in the pic! Anyone having the same problem or could make any suggestions?

    tastytitbits's picture

    It's possible that your mixture didn't need the milk. I found that mine was wet enough without it so I didn't add any.

    LukeAldridge's picture

    Hi Katejbx, with any sponge recipe you must separate the egg whites from the yokes and beat them. Beating the egg whites seperately stimulates the rise by adding air to the mix. Air is quite essential. If you make it again, try this technique. I promise it will work. :)

    ginuca's picture

    Same prob here twice too! No suggestions unfortunately but looking forward to ideas how oto fix it

    samfoodie's picture

    Always make this for birthdays in our household. I melt the butter as I never have room temperature butter, then just mix everything together. I've never made the buttercream, just spread a layer of strawberry jam, fresh strawberries and freshly whipped cream. Light, moist and tastes delicious!! 5 stars

    caryntay's picture

    The cakes were so simple to make and came out beautiful. However, baking time had to be increased by 10 minutes. I also used whipped thickened cream instead of the buttercream, and added a ton of fresh strawberries. Came out amazing, got compliments all around.

    MrsB2be's picture

    This is a brilliant recipe, I come back to it time and again. Someone actually asked me where I'd bought the cake from, it was that good! Light, fluffy and flavoursome.

    melissaaellen's picture

    This recipe is the worst I've ever used. Inaccurate timings, temperature and egg/flour ratio, avoid making this.

    kirstydp's picture

    delicious! :)

    ali64's picture

    Super recipe...I used xylitol instead of the caster sugar(same quantity) and this worked really well. Do not worry if the mix looks dense and disappointing when divided into the cake tins, it rose beautifully and looked very impressive when cooked...after exactly 20 mins at 160 in my fan oven. I spread xylitol apricot jam and reduced fat double cream(whisked until thick)in the middle and sandwiched it together. Absolutely delicious...enjoy.

    catstring's picture

    Great, simple recipe! Loved the buttercream/jam filling (I added a little milk to loosen the buttercream).

    XxXbearrobXxX's picture

    I have used this recipe to make this cake many times and it is brilliant. The cake tastes excellent. I highly recommend this recipe for someone who is looking for an easy cake to bake. I am fifteen years old and have failed on a few cooking attempts but didn't on this one!

    Torit's picture

    I made this for our daughter first birthday. It was yummy and she loved it. Easy to make and lasted 3 days in an air tight container out of the fridge.
    I added an extra egg white to the cake batter and a few drops of vanilla extract as well and it was light and fluffy. I did have to cook it for 24 minutes though. I will be making this again soon.

    bashfulbaker's picture

    I have an order for a 5 layer dairy free vanilla sponge,
    I've had great success with this recipe in the past- but wonder can I substitute the butter for a dairy free spread? I'm a little concerned about the overall texture!
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)

    beckyandthegirls's picture

    I use this recipe with dairy free spread and it comes out great

    IanSouthey's picture

    Made this for my mother in law, used fresh whipped cream & quarted strawberries for the filling & strawberry halves on top.

    bluelavolta's picture

    Great recipe. I had to bake the sponge for 27 mins and I also recommend adding fresh, halved strawberries as a layer between the jam and buttercream - delicious.


    Questions (31)

    goodfoodteam's picture

    Hi jondmoss, thank you for getting in touch and sorry to hear you did not have success with this recipe. It sounds like it needed a little more time in the oven. Ovens do vary quite a bit so if it started to brown a bit sooner than you expected pop a piece of foil over it until the middle is cooked. Pressing the centre of the cake lightly with your finger it should spring back if it's ready but if you're not confident with this method of testing you could also try inserting a skewer into the middle of the cake, if it comes out with wet cake mix on it then it needs more time, but if it comes out clean your cake is ready. Hope this helps and you give cake baking another go. 

    Graham cooper's picture

    What size tin is used please

    Jodysheff's picture

    Where did I go wrong?! Followed recipe and instructions to the letter apart from baking for 20 mins as it needed longer. Came out nothing like the picture. Was quite flat and crusty round the edges. When I put the filling in the jam just came out at the sides. Not tried it yet as waiting for partner to come home and laugh.

    Thephuckup's picture

    Same place I did; spread too thin and no milk. Don't worry, man. Tasted good, right?

    goodfoodteam's picture

    It sounds like you could have done one of a few things. Either the ingredeints were not beaten well enough, they were not all the same temperature or your oven was too hot. You can check this with an oven thermometer, thanks.

    sallybunch's picture

    hi I wondered if someone could help me please I have been doing this Victoria sponge recipe for ages and love it in two 20 cm tins . I am doing a birthday cake for my little boys 5th birthday and have bought a 26cm tin but as I not that skilled I m not sure how to alter the weights of ingredients also can I put it in the one tin then cut in half when its cooled many thanx sally x

    goodfoodteam's picture

    Hi there. For the size tin you require you would probably need to double the quantaties there. However, rember that baking large cakes can be a tricky experience, as few recipes are written for bigger sizes and simply doubling up ingredients does not always produce the expected results and we can only give a guide as we have not tested the recipe in this sized tin, hope this helps.

    Dodo's picture

    I've baked the classic Victoria sponge today & I'm very disappointed. It didn't rise too much & is quite heavy. Why is it neccessary to use baking powder when self raising flour is used? I folded the flour in rather than putting all ingredients in at once & mixing to a batter as stated. I've never heard of a cake mixture being described as a batter!!

    goodfoodteam's picture

    Hi there, sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the cake, to get a good rise you need to make sure that you cream the butter and sugar together really well, until very pale and fluffy. Often in cakes an extra raising agent is added along with the self-raising flour, to give it an extra boost. Thanks.

    Ozzy_and_Elvis's picture

    for me, the secret to a Victoria sponge is the all-in-one method as this is the traditional way/ texture of the sponge, and also as it is a heavy consistency, the baking powder gives it that extra boost. have another go and see what happens ;)

    katrinaridout's picture

    Baking powder, I think, gives it an extra boost. Mine doesn't rise massively but you have to be quite accurate with temperature and importantly timings. I check after 20. Mins and end up giving an extra 3. With the mixture itself, I put everything altogether in a bowl and use electric hand mixer. I've learnt from bad experience to do less with the mix, I do beat eggs though before beating all together. Good luck, keep trying, it really is a lovely cake!


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