Victoria sponge cake on a plate with a slice cut out

Classic Victoria sandwich recipe

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(396 ratings)

Ready in 30 minutes, plus cooling


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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  • 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



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 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


  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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4th Sep, 2012
oh golly gosh, this seemed to have gone wrong! oh well, there's always next time!! lol
31st Aug, 2012
This is an absolute must for any worth while tea party! Totally gorgeous and easy to do, a firm favourite of mine.
31st Aug, 2012
I am 53 and I have just started baking and this was my first ever recipe. It turned out excellent and everyone that tried a piece loved it !! I am in the process of baking it again as we speak !!
23rd Aug, 2012
I used the recipe the first ever time I made a Victoria sponge. I am no great cake maker but this turned out brilliantly and I received lots of lovely comments from those that tried it. Ive since made the cake three more times and each time it has turned out wonderfully!
21st Aug, 2012
This is by far the best Victoria Sponge yet. Made several times and always goes down nicely.
20th Aug, 2012
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!
12th Aug, 2012
really nice and easy to make and really tasty! Really recomend it!!!
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 :)
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.
19th Jul, 2012
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.


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