Classic Victoria sandwich

Classic Victoria sandwich

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(385 ratings)

Ready in 30 minutes, plus cooling


Cuts into 10 slices

You can't go wrong with this perfect party cake - full of spongey goodness. Makes a super-simple 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. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients together until you have a smooth, soft batter.

    2. 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. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

    3. 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. Spread the butter cream over the bottom of one of the sponges, top it with jam and sandwich the second sponge on top. Dust with a little icing sugar before serving. Keep in an airtight container and eat within 2 days.

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    11th Jan, 2016
    I made this for our daughter first birthday. It was yummy and she loved it. Easy to make and lasted 3 days in an air tight container out of the fridge. I added an extra egg white to the cake batter and a few drops of vanilla extract as well and it was light and fluffy. I did have to cook it for 24 minutes though. I will be making this again soon.
    29th Nov, 2015
    Hello, I have an order for a 5 layer dairy free vanilla sponge, I've had great success with this recipe in the past- but wonder can I substitute the butter for a dairy free spread? I'm a little concerned about the overall texture! Any advice would be greatly appreciated :)
    14th Dec, 2015
    I use this recipe with dairy free spread and it comes out great
    21st Nov, 2015
    Made this for my mother in law, used fresh whipped cream & quarted strawberries for the filling & strawberry halves on top.
    28th Sep, 2015
    Great recipe. I had to bake the sponge for 27 mins and I also recommend adding fresh, halved strawberries as a layer between the jam and buttercream - delicious.
    28th Sep, 2015
    Did this for my dad's birthday cake yesterday - it was beautiful, light and fluffy. I was really pleased with the result. We flavoured the butter icing with cocoa powder, and did chocolate water icing on the top with some chocolate sprinkles (the children helped to do that bit), it was loved by everyone!
    29th Jul, 2015
    So quick and easy to make and tastes yummy. Sponge was really light and fluffy.
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    22nd Jul, 2015
    Divided this by 4 last night to make a mini one as a trial as I have been asked to make my sister's 18th birthday cake (big pressure) so wanted to be sure whatever I was making was going to be good! It was lovely, slightly too much filling, so I just didn't use it all, but better than not being enough! Really great, it will be covered with icing and decorated for the birthday cake :)
    20th Jul, 2015
    Excellent, simple recipe, my granny called this a "gleichgewicht" which is German for "equal weights" the same weight of sugar, butter, flour and eggs.. However, I prefer cutting each baked cake horizontally so that I fill it with 3 layers of filling. I just love multi-layered cakes.
    15th Jul, 2015
    Made this today into a coffee cake, by substituting the milk for a couple of tablespoons of strong coffee, and making a coffee buttercream (using 200g icing sugar, 125g soft butter, and 2tbsp of strong coffee), and its turned into my best cake yet. I also didn't just 'beat all the ingredients together', but thoroughly creamed the butter and sugar first, adding eggs in one at a time, then the coffee, and lastly the flour. Strongly recommend the mix though, its lovely and fluffy and light!


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