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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    kateware
    21st Aug, 2012
    5.05
    This is by far the best Victoria Sponge yet. Made several times and always goes down nicely.
    drjomacpherson
    20th Aug, 2012
    5.05
    So easy and yet a firm family favourite...tinned fruit works just as well as jam for the filling, try peaches or mandarin segments. Just put the oven on to bake another!
    josiemae23
    12th Aug, 2012
    5.05
    really nice and easy to make and really tasty! Really recomend it!!!
    kitchenchaos10
    6th Aug, 2012
    I'm rubbish at cakes. There's rarely been a baking incident that hasn't gone disasterously wrong. Until now. This recipe was so easy, even I couldn't muck it up. Helped by the fact someone had just given me a jar of homemade strawberry jam, I actually made a fantastic cake. Which got eaten far too quickly do now I need to make another :)
    jackaz
    24th Jul, 2012
    This is a great recipe and a lovely cake. You get used to different egg sizes and I just adjust the amount of milk to give the right consistency. This comes with practise so it's a good excuse to make this sponge frequently.
    rafflestiltskin
    19th Jul, 2012
    5.05
    I'm new to baking and found this such an easy recipe to do and it looked lovely once it was all put together, I was well pleased with myself! Will definitely make again.
    Lola_balola
    14th Jul, 2012
    5.05
    I have made this cake on an almost weekly basis for one reason or another and it always goes down very well indeed. I don't make any changes to the recipe at all. Always makes a light tasty cake without fail.
    bovrilfaerie
    7th Jul, 2012
    5.05
    My cake was perfect! Usually mine sink or I cook them for too long but this recipe is soooo tasty (I used soy butter and large eggs) :)
    cds
    6th Jul, 2012
    Great recepie and very simple, I make an extra layer, fill with fresh whipped cream and decorate with strawberries and it looks and tastes great
    lisasearle
    4th Jul, 2012
    5.05
    i used melted butter in this mixture, it is so quick and easy to make and the sponge is lovely, it even taste nice when it's been in the fridge, it doesn't go hard or dry as some cakes tend to. i love a Victoria sponge and will definitely be making this again :)

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