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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sue40beck's picture

Best cake I have ever made. Added 5 minutes on the cooking time. Probably my oven.

speedferry's picture
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This is by far the best Victoria Sponge recipe ever.
I have been making this almost every month for the past three years and everyone who tries it claims it is the best they have ever tasted. Three simple changes I have made over time are to use three large eggs instead of four, Stork instead of butter and have reduced the amount of caster sugar to 170g.
Perfection every time.

katie987's picture

I made this into a vegan cake by replacing the eggs with 1 cup of apple sauce and an extra heaped teaspoon of baking powder.. And used rice milk instead of cows milk.
I put all the batter into 1 cake tin instead of 2 and cooked for around an hour and 15 min.
For the buttercream I always use 1 part butter to 3 parts icing sugar or else I find the butter taste to be over powering.. So that's what I did here, 100g butter to 300g icing sugar and 1tsp vanilla.. Perfect :)
Came out lovely.

eswift's picture

Ok so this is the first cake I have ever baked. It went a bit like this. My butter was not soft enough, leaving lumps in the batter. I then poured it into the tins and the mixture didn't meet the edges, realised they were slighter bigger tons. So made the mixture again but only had 2 eggs left so put a couple more tablespoons of milk in so make it into a batter. Poured on top of the existing mix and did a slight combine. After 20 mins it was definitely not cooked, in fact it took another 20 mins. As I took the tins out I dropped one. I then dropped the second whilst faffing with the cooling rack. When cooled I used jam and squirty cream. That was a mistake, it just all oozed out, the cake was far too heavy. It looked a right mess. BUT we ate it anyway and it tasted great. For a first attempt I was very pleased. I will definitely try this again and know where I went wrong!

Dodo's picture

Brilliant Post,wish you could have posted a photo! Better luck next time and the stomach cannot see what's coming so it must have tasted good.

stia_616's picture
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Very simple and great tasting. I've made this a couple of times now and people are always very happy with it.

hoodrichhh's picture

Made this for my dads birthday and he loved it!

mishadabhi's picture

For the icing, do I use unsalted butter or normal?

steveandbee's picture
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Can't really go wrong with this cake. I used cream for the filling instead and added 1/2 tsb of vanilla extract. Topped with layer of icing sugar. Cake gone in under 24 hours.

luckywally's picture
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really yummy, I also used 3 large eggs instead of 4 but the cake is light and fluffy but nicely moist :) Coated both sides of the cake with jam and add whipped cream in the middle.

Also added 1 cap of vanilla extract to the cake mix its self.

blondiegirl10's picture
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forgot to give this top rating

blondiegirl10's picture
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always make this delicious cake as recipie, It is so moist and very
moreish and so easy.It always turns out the same and does not
last long in this house.Very yummy! I always put whipped cream
and jam in the middle and butter icing on top.Just taken one out
of the oven now!

moominbaby's picture
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I had never made this before I followed the recipe but halfed the filling and it was awesome, loved by all who ate it and very simple!!

sarahpluto9's picture

Very first attempt at this and very pleased with the result! I never thought it would actually taste almost shop made! It was made for a childrens nursery and the kids loved it.. Funny enough so did the staff!!

josiepud23's picture
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I loved this recipe! It was nice and easy to make and turned out amazing! Instead of using the filling i just used cream. Lovley recipe and i will make it again!!!
Xxx

peterjoy1's picture

Made this cake today and it dipped in the middle - didn't rise up properly. Wonder why? Tastes good though.

damedenton's picture
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I am rubbish at baking cakes, seriously.... I'm more of a savoury girl.

BUT my son loves a Victoria Sponge and I wanted to try this for him.

It says its simple and that's exactly what it was. It works!

I took note of the egg comments and only used 3 X large and I slipped a little coconut essence in for good measure and it was LUSH.

My baby said its the best cake I've ever made, and he's right- even I liked it.

Thanks!!!

DD

katykinskaty's picture

I have baked this cake twice, and both times have triumphed!!! The Ultimate chocolate cake was tricky but still oh so tasty! I recommend this Victoria Sponge for those who are tempted to try making this. A fantastic recipe and cheap to make!!

michellesmith9's picture
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Simply splendid! I've made this cake several times now, following the recipe precisely, and the results are always reliably delicious. A real hit with the family

michyd29's picture
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Forgot to give five star, should have been more...

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