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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    kittyperry
    22nd Sep, 2014
    Any idea how this would work with a chocolate buttercream icing in the middle and no strawberry jam?
    Thegingerbiscuit
    24th Sep, 2014
    I think it would work really well with this sponge cake recipe, especially if you added a bit of vanilla essence to the chocolate butter cream. Also if you wanted to you could make an extra layer of cake by halving the recipe above and sandwiching it altogether to make a great layer cake :) Follow my blog for more recipes! www.thegingerbiscuitblog.wordpress.com
    turkishjelly
    30th Aug, 2014
    5.05
    Lovely cake and very easy to make. Its very sweet though so I would use less filling next time.
    sozzie
    20th Jul, 2014
    5.05
    Really quick and easy to make. This recipe is a really good, basic sponge that can be adapted as you please. I put jam, strawberries and fresh cream in, absolutely delicious!
    Thephuckup
    17th Jul, 2014
    5.05
    Okay so I'm a 15 year old cooking failure and I managed to "make" this cake. Time to explain. Okay so I didn't have a cake tin or a scale or anything so everything ever was an aproximation. I didn't have a bowl big enough to stir this crap so in the end it looked like this: http://31.media.tumblr.com/e78911b9f11b40a27cbae72f3bfaa818/tumblr_n8uomn9Y0h1s01wnho1_500.jpg Anyways I didn't have the stuff to make the filling so there's none of that but after 20 minutes it had cooked into a flat cake. Very flat, but VERY Tasty. It looked like this: https://31.media.tumblr.com/93c5e4954f51aa5542e1e75c93e1355d/tumblr_n8upps9jRB1s01wnho1_250.jpg and my satisfied face looked like this: http://37.media.tumblr.com/eb71393f7aa337351af343fece7c5070/tumblr_n8upps9jRB1s01wnho3_250.jpg In conclusion; it would taste a lot better if some professional had done it and yet it still tasted good so I hope to god I get to taste professional Victoria Sandwich P.s. my mother just realized we've both eaten 5 "servings" of this cake so we're going to die from hypoglycemia now
    Thephuckup
    17th Jul, 2014
    5.05
    Okay so I'm a 15 year old cooking failure and I managed to "make" this cake. Time to explain. Okay so I didn't have a cake tin or a scale or anything so everything ever was an aproximation. I didn't have a bowl big enough to stir this crap so in the end it looked like this: http://31.media.tumblr.com/e78911b9f11b40a27cbae72f3bfaa818/tumblr_n8uomn9Y0h1s01wnho1_500.jpg Anyways I didn't have the stuff to make the filling so there's none of that but after 20 minutes it had cooked into a flat cake. Very flat, but VERY Tasty. It looked like this: https://31.media.tumblr.com/93c5e4954f51aa5542e1e75c93e1355d/tumblr_n8upps9jRB1s01wnho1_250.jpg and my satisfied face looked like this: http://37.media.tumblr.com/eb71393f7aa337351af343fece7c5070/tumblr_n8upps9jRB1s01wnho3_250.jpg In conclusion; it would taste a lot better if some professional had done it and yet it still tasted good so I hope to god I get to taste professional Victoria Sandwich
    THE OP BAKER
    31st May, 2014
    im 12 and just made it easy and fun
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    D3mQN
    6th May, 2014
    5.05
    Very easy to make, We love it! Filled it with Chocolate butter cream, Chocolate squirty cream on top and it didn't last long sat on the side :D Also, I like to add a splash of Vanilla extract to the cake batter before baking :) Damian
    NPrac
    27th Apr, 2014
    5.05
    Very easy sponge. Lovely and light. I filled it with lightly whipped cream and strawberry jam. Worth a try if you're a novice baker.
    NPrac
    27th Apr, 2014
    5.05
    Very easy sponge. Lovely and light. I filled it with lightly whipped cream and strawberry jam. Worth a try if you're a novice baker.

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