Monday, 1 September 2008

Victoria Sandwich Cake

A few months ago a new food event called Sweet and Simple Bakes started up and I've been wanting to participate since it began but between one thing and another I wasn't able to..... until now!!!!

This month's challenge was Victoria Sandwich Cake which I decided to make to celebrate my 1 year blogaversary for this blog! I left out the buttercream, but I'll give it a go sometime. A great cake to celebrate with... and pretty much have any time! Also a great simple recipe to have on hand for throwing together a cake in a rush.

Thanks Rosie and Maria!

Victoria Sandwich Cake


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

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

1. Prepare 2 sandwich tins (8 in). Grease and base line the bottom of the tins with greaseproof paper or baking paper.
2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
3. 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.
4. Add the beaten egg, a teaspoon at a time, beating well after each addition.
5. Sift the flour and salt and carefully add to the mixture, folding in with a metal spoon or spatula.
6. Divide the mixture equally between the tins and smooth over with a spatula.
7. 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.
7. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 3 – 5 minutes.
8. 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).
9. 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


  1. Hi Ruth, many thanks for a lovely write up on S&SB and for partaking in this month's bake :)

    I will pop a link to your site on our round-up. If/when you post a pic I will also add this to your link :)

    Rosie x

  2. it was so good - we enjoyed it too. next time, try the buttercream too - tastes great!

  3. Your cake looks lovely! We loved it too.

  4. Your cake looks great! everyone here loves it too. :)

  5. Great Looking Cake Ruth...:-)

  6. I totally remember making something like this years and years ago.

  7. Hi Ruth ;o)

    Thanks for the beautiful mention on Sweet and Simple Bakes and for also taking part in your first ever bake with us!!

    Love your cake, it looks perfect!

    Hope you will join us in your next bake.


  8. Yours looks fantastic. Vic Sponge is a great cake

  9. You're very welcome Rosie, thanks for a great recipe!

    I would love the buttercream arundathi but hubby really hates it.... might have to split the cake in 2 next time and have one half with buttercream lol

    Thanks Nickki, I can see why people would love this

    Lilmizlynn thanks - it is a great tasting cake, right?

    Thanks Amu

    You gotta make it again sometime That Girl

    Maria, it's a pleasure to take part, the cake was delicious!!! Hope I can join in again soon

    It sure is Beth

  10. Ruth look so wonderful and lovely!!! Love it! Gloria

  11. hi Ruth
    My family loved the cake too but with buttercream in it LOL
    This recipe is a definite keeper

  12. Thanks Gloria! You're too sweet

    Chawanmushi, I would love the buttercream in it too, I'll be making this again for sure!

  13. Agree that it is the simplest and quick cake to put together. Looks great!

  14. It sure is Rei, thank you

    Thanks JillyB


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