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
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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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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...

michyd29's picture
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I made this cake, didn't change anything, it was perfect. Thank you so much for this recipe.

smiley212's picture
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Honestly guys, I came across this by googling for a sponge recipe!! This is such a good recipe; I haven't found a better recipe!! Be sure to use 3 medium or large eggs though and not 4! Also I have another tip if you want to try something different:
When you fully mix all the cake ingredients and you are left with the batter, split half and put it in another bowl and add a tablespoon of cocoa powder and mix that, then put spoonfuls of each in each cake tin and don't mix fully, so that when it is cooked it will have a marble effect!! I have tried this and it does work!! and I am also waiting for my new cake to finish in 10mins! ;) haha

stsofia's picture
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Wonderful cake! I made it as a simple Victoria sponge cake, also iced as a birthday cake and as cupcakes - works 100% every time! The best sponge cake ever! :)

gemma_noah_rhodes's picture

My 10 year old son made this cake by himself. Easy to make and tasted very nice too. Will use again :-)

ilikepasta's picture
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worked a treat! whipped it up for my dad when he got in from a hard day at work, he loved it!

tommy2704's picture
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Easy,quick,light and delicious.

bimbobaby's picture
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Due to having coeliac disease I had to make this gluten free and use gluten free flour etc.
Baking with gluten free flour results in disaster normally as the cake crumbles etc. This worked perfectly tho. I did add a teaspoon of Xanthan gum to help and used 3 large eggs.
Made in a food processor. Will defo make again. Best gluten free cake I've had shop bought ones aren't the best. Everyone enjoyed. A success!!!!

kimboperry's picture
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So simple , so delicious. A definite for my binder !

mwessy's picture
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The best sponge I have ever made!!! Filled it with butter cream and lime curd - absolutely delish!!

dessertmami's picture

I am gonna make this cake.

sbaileyhawke's picture
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Very very easy to make and was really tasty. I made butterfly cakes with the mixture adding the jam and cream.

jen2909's picture
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This cake is super easy to make and really yummy! I cover it in Fondant icing for a really simple birthday cake

sumarks's picture
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I cant believe how easy this cake is, i thought by just throwing everything in together it might end up stodgy but it's not at all, it's lovely and light, rose beautifully and tastes gorgeous. I used Clover light and low calorie sugar as that was all I had in, and it is still scrummy. I also discovered that if you've run out of grease proof paper you can substitute it for the DD's tracing paper and it works a treat! I shall be making this again... and again.... and again...

clareel's picture
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As some of the comments have mentioned I used 3 large eggs, followed the recipe exactly other than that and the result was a delicious, light sponge. The butter cream was very nice but also very sweet - I would probably use a little less icing sugar next time.

I would definitely make this again, beats other victoria sponge recipes I've tried hands down.

bowiewhist's picture
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Just wish the weights were imperial - had to find a conversion on line as my scales are traditional with weights in ounces.
The halves didn't rise as much as I anticipated but it looked nice on completion.

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