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Victoria Sponge Cake

Victoria sponge was a favourite of Queen Victoria and is also said to be the nations favourite. Quick and easy to bake. Once you have had one slice you will always want to eat another.

Ingredients and Utensils

Victoria Sponge Cake
  • 170 grams (6 oz) butter or cooking margarine
  • 170 grams (6 oz) self-raising flour
  • 170 grams (6 oz) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs (large)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • raspberry or blackberry jam for filling
  • castor sugar for dusting
  • two 7 inch round sandwich tins
  • grease proof lining paper
  • large mixing bowl and wooden spoon (or mixer)

How to Make Victoria Sponge Cake

A slice of Victoria Sponge Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 180 °C / 350 °F / Gas Mark 4
  2. Mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually beat in the eggs.
  4. Sift and fold in a little of the flour at a time and mix to produce a smooth mixture.
  5. Grease and base line the sandwich tins, then divide cake mix between them.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown and springy to the touch.
  7. Leave to cool and turn out onto wire racks.
  8. When cool, sandwich the two halves of the cake together with a generous filling of jam. You can also add a layer of whipped cream to the sandwich layer if required.
  9. For a traditional finish, simply dust the top of the cake with icing sugar. Alternatively, you can spread a layer of cream over the top and top off with fresh sliced strawberries.
Serving Suggestions

Cut into slices and serve with tea, fruit juice or lemonade.

Recipe by Susanne (Cambridgeshire)

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