Victoria sponge cake on a plate with a slice cut out

Classic Victoria sandwich recipe

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(405 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



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 2 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

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 Aug, 2016
I've baked this cake many times with mixed success. Please adjust the ingredients and timing as there is too much wetness in the mix causing it to either fail to rise or worse, remain uncooked in the centre. Even after cooking after 40 minutes the centre was wet leaving me to make good with loose fruit! If you're trying for the first time you may want to use only 3 eggs or more flour. I would also use only half a teaspoon of baking powder. Not a bad cake if you get it right and very rarely looks like the picture. There are many other better recipes out there!
31st Jul, 2016
Made this for the first time today, I don't make cakes, but this was easy to follow and turned out perfect, I only had three eggs, so reduced the flour and sugar quantities, I also used my homemade wild raspberry jam instead on strawberry.
29th Jul, 2016
Made this today. Quantities all wrong. Ended up with dense, sunken cake which tasted of scrambled egg.
18th Jul, 2016
I have tried using the 'all in one' method a couple of times and the cake does not turn out very well and doesn't rise much. However, when I use the 'beat the sugar and butter first, then add the beaten eggs and fold in the flour' method, I always get a perfect cake.
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30th May, 2016
Made this cake a few weeks ago and it was absolutely delicious! One of the best cakes I've made! It was quick and easy to make and the sponge was soft and light. Very thankful for this recipe :)
14th May, 2016
I have made this cake twice and both times it has tasted beautiful but Im getting a really poor rise! Nowhere near the rise in the pic! Anyone having the same problem or could make any suggestions?
29th Jun, 2016
It's possible that your mixture didn't need the milk. I found that mine was wet enough without it so I didn't add any.
3rd Jun, 2016
Hi Katejbx, with any sponge recipe you must separate the egg whites from the yokes and beat them. Beating the egg whites seperately stimulates the rise by adding air to the mix. Air is quite essential. If you make it again, try this technique. I promise it will work. :)
27th May, 2016
Same prob here twice too! No suggestions unfortunately but looking forward to ideas how oto fix it
25th Apr, 2016
Always make this for birthdays in our household. I melt the butter as I never have room temperature butter, then just mix everything together. I've never made the buttercream, just spread a layer of strawberry jam, fresh strawberries and freshly whipped cream. Light, moist and tastes delicious!! 5 stars


10th Jun, 2014
Where did I go wrong?! Followed recipe and instructions to the letter apart from baking for 20 mins as it needed longer. Came out nothing like the picture. Was quite flat and crusty round the edges. When I put the filling in the jam just came out at the sides. Not tried it yet as waiting for partner to come home and laugh.
28th Jul, 2014
Same place I did; spread too thin and no milk. Don't worry, man. Tasted good, right?
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27th Jun, 2014
It sounds like you could have done one of a few things. Either the ingredeints were not beaten well enough, they were not all the same temperature or your oven was too hot. You can check this with an oven thermometer, thanks.
6th Apr, 2014
hi I wondered if someone could help me please I have been doing this Victoria sponge recipe for ages and love it in two 20 cm tins . I am doing a birthday cake for my little boys 5th birthday and have bought a 26cm tin but as I not that skilled I m not sure how to alter the weights of ingredients also can I put it in the one tin then cut in half when its cooled many thanx sally x
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28th Apr, 2014
Hi there. For the size tin you require you would probably need to double the quantaties there. However, rember that baking large cakes can be a tricky experience, as few recipes are written for bigger sizes and simply doubling up ingredients does not always produce the expected results and we can only give a guide as we have not tested the recipe in this sized tin, hope this helps.
31st Oct, 2013
I've baked the classic Victoria sponge today & I'm very disappointed. It didn't rise too much & is quite heavy. Why is it neccessary to use baking powder when self raising flour is used? I folded the flour in rather than putting all ingredients in at once & mixing to a batter as stated. I've never heard of a cake mixture being described as a batter!!
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28th Apr, 2014
Hi there, sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the cake, to get a good rise you need to make sure that you cream the butter and sugar together really well, until very pale and fluffy. Often in cakes an extra raising agent is added along with the self-raising flour, to give it an extra boost. Thanks.
21st Apr, 2014
for me, the secret to a Victoria sponge is the all-in-one method as this is the traditional way/ texture of the sponge, and also as it is a heavy consistency, the baking powder gives it that extra boost. have another go and see what happens ;)
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3rd Nov, 2013
Baking powder, I think, gives it an extra boost. Mine doesn't rise massively but you have to be quite accurate with temperature and importantly timings. I check after 20. Mins and end up giving an extra 3. With the mixture itself, I put everything altogether in a bowl and use electric hand mixer. I've learnt from bad experience to do less with the mix, I do beat eggs though before beating all together. Good luck, keep trying, it really is a lovely cake!


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