Victoria sponge cake on a plate with a slice cut out

Classic Victoria sandwich recipe

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(387 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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    27th Apr, 2014
    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.
    27th Apr, 2014
    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.
    14th Apr, 2014
    This recipe was so easy to follow.The first Victoria sponge I have ever made, being a bit of a novice, I was surprised how easy it was.Looks and tastes fab , given the tips re the butter cream I did use less than suggested.which worked well.I would say to bare in mind that the cream will spread to the ends when you cut into it so I guess filling the middle and leaving an edge would work best.Fab recipe :)
    8th Apr, 2014
    I made this for my Mother's 85th birthday afternoon tea and it was very popular. It's very easy to make, looks and tastes delicious. I filled it with fresh cream and a mixed berry compote then dusted the top with icing sugar (using a happy birthday stencil). Highly recommended!
    16th Mar, 2014
    I liked it, it was easy and quick and tasted good. I didn't bother with the butter cream filling, just stuck with jam and covered the thing in icing for a birthday cake. It went down a treat.
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    7th Mar, 2014
    Disappointing....... Tasted nice but was a total flop! Took out of oven, looked good, next time I looked they had shrunk! Was for a birthday, had to start again with different recipe
    3rd Mar, 2014
    This cake was so quick and easy to make. My kids aren't fans of too much buttercream so i just put strawberry jam on one layer. The cake was huge and very spongy. We ate ours with thick custard and there was no waste
    21st Feb, 2014
    My first ever cake bake from scratch! Using my own judgement I left it in for about thirty-five minutes rather than twenty. That proved much better as the cake was still raw batter in the middle after twenty.
    23rd Jan, 2014
    Lovely recipe, simple and quick with amazing results. Produces a light and moist sponge. I do think the recipe is for far to much butter cream however. I used half if that and recommend this as the cake would be to sickly with the full amount.
    22nd Jan, 2014
    Great recipe, only down side was my oven is very hot so I could of done with taking it out at about 15 minutes as it burnt a little. However it's all trial and error :) tasted delicious though and will defiantly be doing this recipe again


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