Victoria sponge cake on a plate with a slice cut out

Classic Victoria sandwich recipe

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(386 ratings)

Ready in 30 minutes, plus cooling

Easy

Cuts into 10 slices

The perfect party cake, a Victoria sponge is a traditional bake everyone will love. Makes an easy 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 eggs, beaten
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    • 200g self-raising flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
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    • 2 tbsp milk

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    For the filling

    • 100g butter, softened
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    • 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.

    2. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients together until you have a smooth, soft batter.

    3. 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.

    4. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

    5. 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.

    6. Spread the butter cream over the bottom of one of the sponges, top it with jam and sandwich the second sponge on top.

    7. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving. Keep in an airtight container and eat within 2 days.

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    smiley212
    13th Oct, 2012
    4.05
    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
    13th Oct, 2012
    5.05
    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
    11th Oct, 2012
    My 10 year old son made this cake by himself. Easy to make and tasted very nice too. Will use again :-)
    ilikepasta
    10th Oct, 2012
    5.05
    worked a treat! whipped it up for my dad when he got in from a hard day at work, he loved it!
    tommy2704
    8th Oct, 2012
    5.05
    Easy,quick,light and delicious.
    bimbobaby
    8th Oct, 2012
    5.05
    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
    7th Oct, 2012
    5.05
    So simple , so delicious. A definite for my binder !
    mwessy
    7th Oct, 2012
    5.05
    The best sponge I have ever made!!! Filled it with butter cream and lime curd - absolutely delish!!
    dessertmami
    6th Oct, 2012
    I am gonna make this cake.
    sbaileyhawke
    5th Oct, 2012
    5.05
    Very very easy to make and was really tasty. I made butterfly cakes with the mixture adding the jam and cream.

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