Classic sponge sandwich

Classic sponge sandwich

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(72 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins Ready in 40 minutes


Cuts into 8 slices
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Nutrition and extra info

  • Sponge only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal568
  • fat34g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars43g
  • fibre1g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.94g
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  • 200g soft butter, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

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

  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs



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  • 2 tbsp milk



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For the filling

  • 142ml double cream
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g strawberry conserve
  • icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Grease and base-line 2 x 20cm non-stick round sandwich tins with baking parchment, then lightly grease the parchment. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl, then tip in all the other sponge ingredients. Using an electric whisk, beat everything together until smooth. Divide the mix between the cake tins, then bake for 20-25 mins until cooked and golden. When cool enough to handle, remove the cakes from the tins, then leave to cool completely on a rack.

  2. To make the filling, whip the cream with the caster sugar and vanilla until it holds its shape. Build the cake by spreading one sponge with jam and the other with cream. Sandwich the whole thing together, then dust with icing sugar.

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3rd May, 2010
Made this today for Bank Holiday Monday, wow fantastic as suggested by another blogger I seived the flour three times once it was weighed. I creamed the sugar and butter first, whisked the eggs ever so slightly one at a time and added these to creamed sugar and butter mix whizzed fast in food mixder, then gently folded in remainder of ingredients. Forgot milk but this did not seem to matter, slightly melted butter in microwave so it was nice and soft consistency to blend with sugar. The cake was heaven itself, I feel my cake looked better than the picture on the site!!! Have kept it in fridge little bit left as it has real cream in centre. Hasn't dried sponge out doing this. Hope it is still soft for tomorrow when children are at school and I can put my feet up with bit of cake and cup of tea. Will definitely make it for school fayre.
27th Apr, 2010
this cake came out heavy and dense for me..what did i do wrong?
26th Nov, 2009
Loved the cake, light as a feather, just how a victoria sandwhich should be. I was chomping at the bit to make this cake last night and had no cream for the filling. So instead I mixed icing sugar, butter and vanilla extract together. I am sure this cake would be equally delicious with either filling.
15th Sep, 2009
For my first ever sponge, this tasted and looked excellent! I did everything EXACTLY as stated, but the sponge wasn't as high nor as light and fluffy as the other reviews mentioned. I wonder if people exaggerated?! Mine tasted like a sponge but on close inspection it seemed a little more dense than a sponge should be. I asked a friend who is a great chef, and she said the trick is to sift the flour THREE times, beat the sugar and butter separately, and then fold the flour in. I might give that a go. I will definitely cook this again - absolutely devine (and yes, I ate a piece for breakfast!)
16th Aug, 2009
I made a mistake with this recipe, and nearly baked it without the sugar! So had to beat it in after the other ingrediants, which gave me not so much of a sponge cake, but a butter cake. Luckily, it still tasted good, filled it with whipped thickened cream ad jam, and made a buttercream lemon icing for the top ! yum !
26th Jul, 2009
Good recipe but smells abit eggy should use abit of lemon or lime juice to take the egg smell
23rd Jul, 2009
Used this to make cupcakes. Very light and fluffy. I normally fail badly with sponge too.
23rd Jul, 2009
easy peasy and very tasty.
18th Jul, 2009
really delicious and perfect every time!
8th Jul, 2009
Lovely cake, light and spongey and easy to make!


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