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


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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    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


    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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    1st Jul, 2012
    The sponge needed longer cooking time, other recipes stated forty minutes, twenty minutes wasn't long enough. Four eggs were too much, I thought three eggs was more than enough. Overall, a lovely result. The cake is nice with a cuppa too. :)
    27th Jun, 2012
    Made this twice in 2 days it was so good and quick, no fuss, all in one classic sponge. Was very surprised how light the sponge was. Filled mine with whipped double cream, sliced fresh strawberries and a layer of strawberry jam, then dusted the top with icing sugar! Makes for an impressive cake with minimal effort! (took on board the other comments about number of eggs, used 4 medium - thanks!)
    27th Jun, 2012
    I decided to make this cake as I'm always buying the ready made supermarket ones! And OMG it was amazing I used whipped cream and raspberry jam for the centre and it was delicious. My husband and children ate it within a few days. I am now making 2 per week!!!
    24th Jun, 2012
    Made today as couldn't find my usual recipe , so light and very tasty looked as good as the picture .
    23rd Jun, 2012
    This is one of the best Victoria Sponge recipies I have ever used. I would recommend it to anyone.
    22nd Jun, 2012
    Fantastic! So simple and delicious. My family were so impressed and really enjoyed it
    21st Jun, 2012
    Love this recipe ,have made it many times and also added coconut .or made it into coffee and walnut . the family love it as do the neighbours and church family .
    15th Jun, 2012
    Sorry but for me this was truly awful - used 4 medium eggs and even after 40 mins in the oven it still wasn't cooked - way too eggy in my opinion - will stick to my good old Delia recipe in the future
    13th Jun, 2012
    This cake is great, my wife loves me baking this and asks for it time and time again, the only question i have is this, is there any way of keeping the icing sugar sprinkled on top from dissapearing over time ?
    13th Jun, 2012
    Fabulous cake! Very easy to make, far too easy to eat!


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