Recipe: Classic Victoria Sandwich

Victoria Sandwich Cake
Victoria Sandwich Cake

Mum’s Victoria Sandwich.. I am sure every Brit has claimed this once in their life, but I can honestly say that my mum makes the best Victoria sandwich. Light-as-air vanilla sponge, creamy butter icing and sweet strawberry jam – the art is in its simplicity. However, this simplicity can be your downfall as every element must be perfect. There is no where to hide!A Victoria sponge cake was the first cake I learn to make as a child and I now know the recipe off by heart. I used to make this cake on a regular basis for a quick fix to my sugar cravings. It always tasted delicious, but never quite as good as my mum’s. I follow the same recipe so one would assume that my cake would turn out the same… but no. What is her secret?! We seem to have a case of ‘mamma knows best’. On that note, perhaps I should loan out my mum rather than post this recipe. Although on second thoughts, I would much rather keep her to myself. Happy baking!



6oz caster sugar
6oz soft Stork margarine (Shock! Horror! Yes I know, the unspoken ingredient, but mum insists that butter is too heavy and won’t result in such a light sponge.)
3 eggs
6oz self-raising flour
1tsp vanilla essence


2oz butter
4oz icing sugar
1tsp vanilla essence

strawberry jam
icing sugar (to dust)


(preheat oven to 180*c and grease and line 2 round  9″ baking tins)

– cream together the sugar and margarine until pale
– beat in the eggs one at a time
– add the vanilla essence
– sift in the flour and with a metal spoon, gently fold in
– divide the mixture between the 2 tins and spread out a little – use a spoon to make a small dip in the centre of the mixture so that the cake rises evenly
– bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until risen and golden – to check if the cake is cooked through, insert a clean knife into the centre. If if comes out clean, the cake is ready
– remove from tins and leave to cool on a cooling rack

– for the buttercream, cream together the icing sugar, butter and vanilla essence
– dollop a generous amount of jam onto the bottom half of the cake and spread out
– spread the buttercream liberally over the top of the jam
– place the other half of sponge on top and gently press down
– dust with icing sugar

Slice of Victoria Sandwich

Slice of Victoria Sandwich


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  2. Ema Jones

    Yummzz I’m topping it with chocolate syrup 🙂


    • I see you are a bit of a chocaholic like me! 🙂 Although I like to keep my Victoria sponge traditional. Adding chocolate syrup sounds like a fusion of a Victoria sponge and the Boston cream pie – could be delicious! Let us know how it turns out!

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