Classic Victoria sandwich

Classic Victoria sandwich

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(367 ratings)

Ready in 30 minutes, plus cooling

Easy

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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Ingredients

For the cake

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

    Egg

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

    Baking powder

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  • 2 tbsp milk

    Milk

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For the filling

  • 100g butter, softened

    Butter

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    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

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.

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Comments (545)

lemony's picture
5

This is simply lovely - a real classic and it tastes so light and yummy. Filled with loads of cream and fresh strawberries is simply lovely and a real trest on a summers day. Definate 5 stars

shabnambhatia's picture
5

This was my first attempt at making a "real" cake - made it for my husband as he loves victoria sponge as a surprise and he loved it!

going to make it for a work bake sale next week - its foolproof and delicious and looks amazing too!

emielou's picture
5

I've never left a comment before, but this cake is amazing.

I have baked every week for the last 20years and have tried many Victoria Sponge recipes, but this is the best, and I was sceptical because it seemed too easy.

I used 3 large eggs and no milk resulting in a fabulously light and delicious cake that my husband has declared his new fave (he normally reserves that for things containing chocolate).

hammee's picture

My 8 year old son made this for his dad's birthday cake on Friday after school. We added the grated zest of 2 oranges to the mixture as thats dad's favourite kind of cake. (Son said it was orangy enough, he was the chef, dad said he likes it more orangy).

For the icing we followed the butter cream recipe and added a little of the juice from one orange for that orange flavour and missed out the jam and vanilla.

Huge success, all visitors raved about it.

damage78's picture
5

I baked this for my friend's baby shower party and even though it's such a simple cake, it was a real hit! A cinch to make, a lovely light sponge and the buttercream filling is a must. Followed the advice about using 4 medium eggs and it turned out perfectly.

cmellon's picture
5

Im not much of a cook , but tried this one and came out perfect ,the only trouble is you cant stop eating it :)

cakeanyone's picture
5

A seriously good cake! I made this for a friend's birthday at work and had so many compliments I'll definitely be making this again. Used fresh cream and raspberry jam instead of butter cream due to friend's preference.

chedges's picture
2

This cake didn't work for me at all, so I was quite disappointed. I remade it using delias all in one recipee and it turned out way better

apotter's picture

I made this cake and it was lovely and moist, heavier than your avaerage sponge, but delicious. I also used cream and jam instead of the icing sugar which worked just as well.

lupinlou's picture
5

I couldn't believe that mixing all the ingredients together in one go would produce such a fab cake. I have always creamed the butter and sugar together first, but from now on I will be using this recipe every time. My mum has always made fantastic cakes, I think she may have some competition now! I left out the milk as used large eggs.

watchstrap's picture

I have a tip about the eggs. If you convert the quantities back into imperial you have 8oz of butter, flour and sugar - hence 4 eggs as each egg weighs about 2oz. Therefore V. Sponge has equal quantities of eggs to other ingredients. Try weighing your eggs and selecting eggs with total weight of 200grams. I buy my eggs as bumped and wonky seconds from a local free range producer and find that weighing the eggs when making cakes guarantees a good result.
I picked up this tip from a Hugh 'River Cottage' FW book.

clarebear11's picture

Tasty & super easy to make!

myahbale's picture
5

ALICE LOVED HER BIRTHDAY CAKE ! ! !
Thanks

myahbale's picture
5

ALICE LOVED HER BIRTHDAY CAKE ! ! !
Thanks

myahbale's picture
5

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
5

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
5

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
5

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
5

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 !!!!

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