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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clarebear11's picture

Tasty & super easy to make!

myahbale's picture
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ALICE LOVED HER BIRTHDAY CAKE ! ! !
Thanks

myahbale's picture
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ALICE LOVED HER BIRTHDAY CAKE ! ! !
Thanks

myahbale's picture
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Alice is sat next to me, i made this cake for her birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALICE ! !
Except i used free range eggs which were slightly bigger so i didn't add milk.
Thanks

myahbale's picture
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Am VERY nervous, just made this for a close friends birthday, but didn't add milk as were large eggs and the first ladys comment,
Hope she likes it
Thanks
Myah

iloveudan's picture
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This cake was my birthday cake, it's so amazingly delicious! It is the best! The first successful sponge cake for me :p reli good! Will definitely make it again with different fillings...

donna_wowee's picture
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As a normal sized cake I thought this was absolutely lovely and the best (ass everyone said) that they had tasted. it has even come to the point where I have been asked to make this as the base tier for my brother's wedding cake...any ideas for timings etc??? Thanks!

shivvy85's picture

This recipe has been a bit hit with the family - I have made this numerous times and I still get people asking me to make it for them - this recipe is very easy and simple to make but I dont use buttercream I used fresh whipped cream and jam instead.

turton's picture
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This is the best cake ever !!!! I can't normally bake cakes Im a real disaster, but this one came out perfect. It looked and tasted devine Im so impressed. Ive not stopped making it ever since Ive even began changing the toppings covering it with fresh cream and stawberrys with a dusting of icing sugar. Watch out Nigella I think you may have competition !!!!

cowanv's picture
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Everything in the one bowl and just mix, AND it comes out perfect. Definately best with strawberries and cream. yum

vcross's picture

add the grated rind of a lemon to cake mixture before baking. Mix the juice from the lemon with 2-3 tablespoons of granulated sugar & pour over the top of one cake, whilst still hot. Leave to cool in tin. When both cold, sandwiche together with lemon curd. Delicious

nadavie2's picture
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This is a gorgeous cake recipe! I used the recipe recently to make one cake and topped it with lemon icing - it was delicious! Takes slightly longer to bake - about 40 mins - but tasted similar to a madeira cake. Mmmmm!

fitzydread's picture
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This cake was absolutely wonderful, used 3 large eggs and did cream the butter and sugar before adding everything else. It came out so well and I have now found the foolproof recipe that will be used time and time again. Other recipes I have used have never come out as light and fluffy as this one did!

hairdresser's picture
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I haven't made a sponge cake for years as my sister is a great cake maker . Found this recipe and this morning decided to have a go.What a fantastic cake easy to make and tastes delicious. I had the taste test as i invited the whole family round to try it .

niknak1601's picture
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Just made this as a birthday cake and it was very easy to make and turned out a treat! I added some cocoa to make it chocolatey which worked really well. I will definitely make again.

loisjlane's picture

Best Victoria Sandwich cake ever!

lorna_aq's picture
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BEST EVER VICTORIA SPONGE RECIPE... EQUAL TO GRANNY'S!!!!! THANKS SO MUCH!!!

ummyusuf's picture
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Perfect, 1st attempt. Used raspberry jam and left out the butter cream. Also used only 3 med eggs. Very quick and easy to make.

jillyjason's picture

Flippin eck - chuffed to bits with this recipe :-) Haven't baked a cake since I helped my mum clean out the bowl umpteen years ago and decided as a treat for the other half's birthday, to make this as a surprise. So easy, incredibly tasty and was even told that it was better than his grans!!!!! Did use medium eggs a nd next time I try this, will try the lemon route, as we love lemon icing. Please try it - its worth it.

kittylenore's picture
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Make this quite alot for friends and family, and have always got a good review! People always ask how the sponge is so ligt and fluffy!

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