Victoria Sponge

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Alan's tips

If the mix is soft enough to drop easily off a spoon tapped gently at the side of the bowl it is ready to bake. If it is too dry add a little milk.Try using some vanilla sugar. Put a vanilla pod in some castor sugar about three weeks before using. The castor sugar will take in all that lovely flavour and give a nice flavour to your sponge. You can add other flavoured sugars instead of vanilla. Lemon sugar, cinnamon sugar, cardamom sugar, rose petal sugar is good examples.If your mixture curdles don’t worry. A little bit too much egg is in there fighting against the fat so stick a spoonful of flour in and mix it together. This should absorb all that excess liquid that’s separated it in the first place and that will bring it all together into a nice mixture. Be very careful not to open the oven or to bang it while the cakes are baking, as it won’t help your sponges at all. You know the sponges are cooked when they feel firm and springy in the centre. A good way of testing is to give it a gentle poke in the middle and if it springs back then it’s ready. The other one is to place a skewer or a knife into the centre and if it comes out clean then you know that it’s done.    


  • 225g (8oz) unsalted butter or margarine

  • 225g (8oz) castor sugar or vanilla sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 225g (8oz) self-raising flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 2 tblsp of milk or water to add if necessary

For the filling:

  • 425ml (3/4 pint) whipped cream

  • Sugar

  • Strawberry jam

You will also need: 2 x 20cm (8 inch) sandwich tins

You will also need: 2 x 20cm (8 inch) sandwich tins


  1. Before you do anything else, pre-heat the oven to 182 degrees C/360 degrees F/Gas mark 4¼. Prepare two 20cm (8inch) sandwich tins by greasing them thoroughly and lining the base with non-stick parchment. Make sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature.

  2. Place the butter in a mixing bowl and beat it until it is pale and light.

  3. Add the sugar and continue beating until its light and fluffy.

  4. Break the eggs into a separate bowl and beat them lightly. Add the eggs a spoon at a time to the batter mix, beating in each addition thoroughly before adding the next.

  5. Sift the flour and baking powder together. Use a large metal spoon; fold in the sieved flour to the egg and butter mixture.

  6. The mix should now be ready.

  7. Divide the mixture equally between the two prepared tins. Tap the tins down gently to expel any large air pockets and level the cakes. Place into the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes.

  8. When ready, cool on a cooling wire rack and remove the baking parchment. When completely cool, prepare the filling with the strawberry jam and cream and sandwich the two sponges together.

  9. Dust the cake with rose petal scented icing sugar and decorate the cake with crystallised rose petals. The beauty about a simple cake like this is that you can decorate it any way you like.

Serves: 6
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