Victoria sponge cake on a plate with a slice cut out

Classic Victoria sandwich recipe

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(402 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

  • 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. 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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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.
jen2909
28th Sep, 2012
5.05
This cake is super easy to make and really yummy! I cover it in Fondant icing for a really simple birthday cake
sumarks
20th Sep, 2012
5.05
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
19th Sep, 2012
5.05
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
18th Sep, 2012
4.05
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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