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Monday, 1 September 2008

Sweet & Simple Bakes - Victoria Sandwich Cake!

The 1st of the month heralds the posting date for Sweet & Simple Bakes and this month it was to my delight to post a recipe for Victoria Sandwich Cake. I have been baking this recipe since childhood and it really is a sweet and simple bake. Two light sponges sandwiched together with strawberry jam and fluffy buttercream makes for a wonderful tea time treat!

This cake was made popular in the Victorian times in the U.K. and named after Queen Victoria, and its lead to believe her majesty was very fond of this particular cake. It would be served for afternoon tea when ladies & gentlemen would take tea, sandwiches and cake for refreshments before their evening meal to bridge that hunger gap!

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Victoria Sandwich Cake

For The sponge

175g (6oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
175g (6oz) caster sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature, beaten
175g (6 oz) self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
For The Filling
4-6 tbsp strawberry jam, or your own choice of flavour
1 tbsp caster sugar
Buttercream (optional)
75g (3 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
175g (6 oz) icing sugar
Few drops of vanilla extract

You will need 2 sandwich tins (cake pans) 2 x 20cm (8 in) with depth of at least 5cm (2 in). Grease and base line the bottom of the tins with greaseproof paper or baking paper.


Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/gas mark 4.

Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl using a wooden spoon or mixer until the mixture is pale in colour and light and fluffy. This can take up to 5 minutes or more to achieve depending on if you are using a wooden spoon or mixer. Add the beaten egg, a teaspoon at a time, beating well after each addition.

Sift the flour and salt and carefully add to the mixture, folding in with a metal spoon or spatula.Divide the mixture equally between the tins and smooth over with a spatula.

Place the tins on the same shelf in the centre of the oven and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until well risen, golden brown and beginning to shrink from the sides of the tin.

Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 3 – 5 minutes

Loosen the cakes from around the edge of the tins using a palette knife. Turn the cakes out onto a clean tea towel, remove the paper and invert them onto a wire rack (this prevents the wire rack from marking the top of the cakes).

When completely cool, spread the jam on the bottom sponge and place the 2nd sponge on top to sandwich them together. To finish off, sprinkle the top of the cake with caster sugar.

If you wish to add the optional buttercream, add the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract to a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon or mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Spread the buttercream carefully over the jam.


Arundathi said...

yours looks fabulous! I loved it, Rosie - thanks for a wonderful recipe!

The Caked Crusader said...

yum, yum and thrice yum. You can't beat a classic - your vic sponge looks perfect!

Swati said...

Very delicious and a fab recipe to bookmark!!

Nickki said...

Your cake looks delicious Rosie! A great choice, thank you x

Ivy said...

Lovely cake Rosie.

Dhanggit said...

oh my this is sinful and heavenly combined together!! oh rosie this makes me gain weight simply by staring at them! yummy

Anonymous said...

Oh yum! That sponge looks gorgeous Rosie.

~Priscilla~ said...

yummy, this looks great! and those chocolate eclairs...yummo!

glamah16 said...

I could eat that whole cake in one sitting.

David Hall said...

Hi Rosie

I did one of these for my good lady's birthday last week and it was the best one I've ever done! Hope life is good.


lilmizlynn said...

thank you for the recipe. everyone here enjoyed it and your cake looks great!

Amu... said...

Great Looking Cake Rosie...:-)

Thanks for dropping by my Blog and leaving your comments...very very encouraging....Thank you...

Margaret said...

Good enough for the WI Rosie!!!
I still love Victoria Sandwich and yours looks divine.

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

One of my faves,looks great Rosie!

tartasacher said...

Very delicious Victoria Sandwich Cake and the eclairs chocolat. Two recipes very nice.
Thank you for your comments and visit. You are so lovely.
Best anw whises

Beth said...

Thanks for the lovely comments Rosie. This one id certainly a winner

Maria said...

Great cake Rosie and the recipe is a keeper!


Antonia said...

There really is nothing like a classic Victoria sponge, is there? Yours looks wonderfully light and fluffy.

Rosie said...

Hi Arundathi, thanks so much sweetie and pleased you enjoyed baking this recipe :)

Hi C.C. ahhh thank you for an avid cake baker as yourself this is such a compliment :)

Hi Sawti, this recipe I have been using for x amount of years now and I do hope you will enjoy it as much as I have sweetie :)

Hi Nickki, thank you and I am so pleased you enjoyed baking this cake :)

Hi Ivy, ahhh thank you sweetie :)

Hi Dhanggit, *smile* oh I just love that saying sinful and heavenly combined together, but yes you are so right :)

Hi George, many thanks sweetie you are so kind :)

Hi Priscilla, ahh thank you and both bakes were equally as good as my hubby tells me :) Big kiss for Lewis X

Hi Coco, oh I love that and my hubby would also like to eat the whole cake too :)

Hi David, many happy belated birthday wishes to your good lady from me! It’s such a classic cake and one of the best :) I am getting there now hopefully with health issues David = thanks for asking :)

Hi ilmizlynn, my pleasure and I am pleased to hear your family enjoyed this bake – thanks for your kind words :)

Hi Amu, my pleasure sweetie :)

Hi M, ahhh thank you !! Victoria Sandwich is one of my favourite cakes too – I watched on T.V. once the W.I. judging Victoria Sandwiches :)

Hi Erika, many thanks sweetie, it’s one of my favs too :)

Hi tartasacher, you are SO kind, thank you for your lovely comment :)

Hi Beth, my pleasure sweetie and thanks for enjoying this recipe :)

Hi Maria, pleased you enjoyed this recipe and cake – looking forward to your recipe for the next bake :)

Thank you my ‘dear’ friends for calling by and for all your very kind words!

Best wishes Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Antonia, thank you and the classic Victoria sponge is such a lovely cake and I agree there is really nothing quite like it :)

Best wishes Rosie x

Kelly-Jane said...

Gorgeous sponge Rosie, well done :)

farida said...

Looks great and sounds like not that hard to make. Thanks for the great recipe!

Uma said...

yum, yum cake! looks so mouth-watering.

Priti said...

This is the 3rd time I'm seeing this cake in past 2 days :)...your version looks so yummy...looks so soft and pluffy...great pics :)

Bridgett said...

Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely decadent! I love the jam slightly oozing down on that last pic. I am in heaven just looking at it!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love that cake! I reminds me of my childhood when I used to go to England for the holidays in order to visit my grandparents!



cindy said...

Oooooh Rosie,

This cake looks like it would just mmmmelt in your mouth. Have to try it.

Lore said...

Rosie these photos are so lovely and inviting!

Grace said...

i like equal parts frosting and cake, so my sandwich cake would have a ridiculously thick middle layer. :)
it's a beautiful cake, rosie--nice job!

Chawanmushi said...

hi Rosie
This recipe is definitely a keeper.
Thanks for sharing it :-)

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

You're so right - nothing beats a proper Victoria sponge. And nothing compares with a homemade Victoria sponge, either - shop-bought ones just don't come close.

Fancy making one to order? ;-)

Poonam said...

Simple and neat!

Emiline said...

Cake with strawberry jam? I'm in! This looks amazing.

dabrah said...

Rosie, just looking at the picture makes me hungry. I will have to try this soon.

Donna said...

Looks Good Sweetie! And we're fine so far in Texas! Just wish we could get some rain from Gustav!!hughugs

JillyB said...

I'd love a slice of that cake right now! It looks lovely.

Rosie said...

Thank you my 'dear' friends for all your wonderful comments!

If you haven't already baked this cake I do hope at some point yo will try this recipe out - it's a winner in my household :)

Donna, phew So pleased to hear all is well with that nasty storm of Gustav!! Hugshusg xoxo

Best wishes Rosie x

Cakelaw said...

This looks great Rosie!

Bellini Valli said...

This is my dads favourite cake by far:D