Classic Victoria Sponge

To join in the Great British Bake Off excitement, why not try making your own showstopper this weekend? Here’s a recipe for a classic Victoria Sponge cake, traditionally named after Queen Victoria, who was known to enjoy a slice of this cake with her cup of afternoon tea.

Classic Victoria Sponge Recipe


  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 175g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash of milk (optional)
  • 2 tbsps raspberry jam
  • Icing sugar to dust on top



  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add the eggs in one at a time.
  • Sift the flour & baking powder into the mixture and combine.
  • Finally mix in the vanilla extract. You may need a dash of milk if the mixture seems a little stiff.
  • Alternatively whizz all of the ingredients together in a food processor until creamy.
  • Divide between 2 x 20cm cake tins and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden on top.
  • Leave to cool in the tins for 5 minutes, and then turn out onto a baking rack.
  • When cool, sandwich together with the raspberry jam, sprinkle icing sugar on top and enjoy!