Traditional Victoria sponge

    1 hour 5 min

    This is the traditional recipe for a Victoria sponge cake, a much loved English favourite. See footnote about weighing the eggs for best results. Serve with buttercream as in the recipe, or freshly whipped cream.


    Illinois, United States
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    Makes: 1 (7 in) Victoria sponge cake

    • 3 eggs
    • 150g (6 oz) self raising flour
    • 150g (6 oz) caster sugar
    • 150g (6 oz) butter or margarine
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • jam to sandwich the cake
    • For the buttercream
    • 100g (4 oz) icing sugar
    • 50g (2 oz) butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Place the shelf in the centre of the oven. Grease and line two 18cm (7 in) sandwich tins with baking parchment.
    2. Weigh the three eggs. Note the weight and measure the same amount of sugar, flour and butter. (See footnote.)
    3. Sieve the flour into a bowl and add the sugar, butter or margarine and vanilla. Crack in the eggs and beat well with a wooden spoon or mixer, until the mixture is light coloured and fluffy. Divide the cake mixture between the tins and smooth the tops.
    4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes in the tins, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
    5. To make the buttercream, sieve the sugar into a bowl, add the butter and vanilla and beat well.
    6. To sandwich the cakes together: Add a layer of jam to the top of one of the sponges, followed by a layer of cream on top of the jam, finish by placing the last of the sponges on top. Dust with a layer of icing sugar if desired.


    I always use margarine, butter is too heavy. Eggs can vary a lot in size, for perfect results weigh the 3 eggs. This will more than likely weigh over or under 150g (6 oz). For example, if the eggs weigh 175g you would use 175g each of the flour, sugar and margarine.


    Traditional Victoria sponge
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    I just made this sponge but mine has not risen very much and had bubbles on the top what did i do wrong please.  -  15 Dec 2011


    Can someone help me out? Im going to make this for my sisters birthday soon and i have a question, if i don't have self-raising flour could i use all-purposed flour and like a teaspoon of baking powder? Or 1\2 a teaspoon? someone please reply! thanks!  -  29 Nov 2012


    I used this recipe for an entry for my local Horticultural Society Annual Show at the weekend. I dusted it with caster sugar instead of icing sugar and filled it with a good quality raspberry jam (as per WI standards). Pleasingly I attained a FIRST place for it, so thank you very much for this lovely recipe. This week I am going to make another one to fill with homemade blueberry jam.  -  20 Aug 2012