Victoria Sponge Cake

Victoria Sponge Cake
Victoria Sponge Cake

Victoria Sponge cake which is also famously known as Victoria sandwich was named after Queen Victoria(1819-1901) because of her fondness for this cake. One of the Queen’s ladies -in-waiting, Anna, the Duchess of Bedford is known to have started the practice of Afternoon tea.

It is said that the Duchess used to have a sinking feeling in the late afternoon because her lunch was skimpier and dinner time was not before 8 in the evening. So she asked her servants to bring a tray of tea,bread and butter to her room at 4pm. Sometimes she wanted them to serve bread slices sandwiched with a filling of jam and cream. (It was just some time ago, that the Earl of Sandwich had the idea of putting a filling between two layers of bread. Now we know how sandwiches got their name!!).

Soon the Duchess started inviting her friends to have tea with her. This practice was adopted by Queen Victoria, who along with the ladies would dress formally and enjoy the late afternoon teas. This classic sponge cake was one of her favorite’s. It comprises of two layers of fluffy sponge cakes sandwiched with raspberry jam and cream. The sponge cakes are deliciously moist and melt-in-the-mouth.The top layer is not supposed to be iced or decorated.However, nowadays Victoria cakes are being made with some variations in the fillings. The ground rule for this cake is that the eggs,butter,flour and sugar should be of the same weight.

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
Anna,duchess of bedford
Anna,duchess of bedford

 

 

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Victoria sponge cake

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 200 g eggs (4 no.)
  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g caster sugar+ extra for sprinkling on top
  • 200 g  white flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • vanilla essence

For Filling:

  • 1/2 cup raspberry/strawberry jam
  • 150 ml double cream whipped
  • caster sugar for sprinkling
  • cherries/strawberries for decorating(optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Butter and flour two 18 cm sandwich tins and line the bases with  baking parchment.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Whisk the eggs and add them to the butter and beat well.
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder together. Add to the butter batter.
  5. Add the milk and vanilla and fold in gently.
  6. Pour the batter into two tins.
  7. Bake for approximately 25 minutes until golden on top.
  8. Cool and remove from tins.
  9. Spread a layer of jam on one cake.
  10. Then spread stiffly whipped cream.
  11. Place the second cake on top of this cake.
  12. Sprinkle caster sugar and decorate with cherries. I glazed my cherries.
  13. Cut into slices and serve with tea.

Note: 

Have patience. Wait till the cakes are completely cool. I couldn’t wait, because of which the cream started to melt. And because of that we didn’t wait a second to dive into those gorgeous slices of deliciousness.

golden sponge cake fresh out of the oven
1.golden sponge cake fresh out of the oven

 

 

 

spread a layer of jam
2.spread a layer of jam
spread whipped cream
3.spread whipped cream
4.Place the second cake on top and sprinkle caster sugar and cherries.
4.Place the second cake on top and sprinkle caster sugar and cherries.
5.Slice a generous piece of cake and enjoy
5.Slice a generous piece of cake and enjoy with tea

     Brew yourself a cup of  hot  Green tea

Life is like a tea cup, to be filled to the brim and enjoyed with friends ...

6.Life is like a tea cup,
to be filled to the brim and enjoyed with friends …

Come and share a pot of tea,
My home is warm and my friendship’s free

Emilie Barnes

I am taking my Victoria sponge cake and green tea to share with my friends at the FF.Our gracious host Angie is hosting it this time with two wonderful co-hosts Laurie @ ten.times.tea and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook. Jhuls is my dear old blogging pal and Laurie is new to me but I am sure to make friends with her at the party this week. so, here I go. Do join me at this awesome ,happening party for some real fun and feasting….

 

 

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51 Comments Add yours

  1. Lety C says:

    I love this post!!!! How interesting, loved the phrases at the bottom. I have to share it with my daughter Victoria, and I should bake it for her too!!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words and Wow! Your daughter’s name is Victoria. Isn’t that awesome!!! Please do bake it for your very own princess Victoria👍👸

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      1. Lety C says:

        I will 🙂

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  2. Thanks for sharing the history!

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    1. skd says:

      I actually like to delve into the history of any dish I make. It makes the whole experience exciting☺👍

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  3. Thanks for the history lesson and historical images along with the reipe and beautiful finished product.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much ☺The cake was really delicious. The family was getting impatient, so I couldn’t wait till the sponges got completely cooled☺

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  4. Everything looks beautiful, delicious, and welcoming. Thanks for inviting us inside. 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Most welcome!!!
      As I quoted Emilie Barnes
      ‘Come and share a pot of tea,
      My home is warm and my friendship’s free’
      Thank you for your kind words 🙂

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      1. People are so cold in this city, the quote really touched my heart. Be well, be happy.

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  5. Ginger says:

    I can only agree with Anna of Bedford – afternoons require something special! Your sponge looks delicious!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much ☺

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  6. sabine says:

    What an amazingly succulent cake! I love these ruby red cherries on top, so tempting! Definitely the right kind of cake to satisfy a royal craving!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much ☺ I glazed those cherries with cold glaze. And imagine the queen used to have a slice of this cake every day with her tea.

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      1. sabine says:

        Lucky majesty!!

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  7. Sandhya says:

    Another fabulous post! Love the information about the Victoria sponge cake. My mom used to make this cake so it brought back happy memories for me.
    I love teatime too!

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    1. skd says:

      I am so glad this post triggered happy memories for you Sandhya. Thank you so much for letting me know. It means a lot☺👍

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  8. tentimestea says:

    What a lovely take on the classic Victoria sponge! I really like the cake recipe as the proportions are very easy to remember! I’ll definitely give it a try! I’m also really glad to have gotten the chance to cohost as it’s allowed me to be able to meet and visit and interact with so many more bloggers than I normally do. Hehe, I do hope we become friends as well! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much Laurice ☺You are an awesome host. And love to see you hosting FF👍 And since you are hosting I can’t hold you at my table for long.But loved chatting with you. Do keep visiting 💕

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      1. tentimestea says:

        I certainly will! 🙂

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  9. Delicious cake and perfect with a lovely flavorful tea, skd! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the story!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Linda . I had a nice time learning so many new facts . Especially the origin of sandwich . The cake turned out real moist and delicious ☺

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  10. Love reading the history, thank you 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Elaine. I enjoyed looking it up too☺👸

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  11. Fazal says:

    Thank you SKD for goving Royal recipe.Now we can boast that we too can afford Royal snacks.But we dont use formals
    Tell me as to how you can manage time in discovering/inventing new dishes with all household chores
    Almighty bless you with success in both worlds

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  12. skd says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words and blessings. Actually I could write this post when my kids went to visit my parents☺

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  13. I always enjoy a history lesson, especially when it comes to food. Delicious looking cake 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Judi. Knowing the history behind a dish makes it even more interesting.

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  14. Mikayla says:

    Very fascinating! Love how you included history with the recipe. Looks delicious 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear. I always like to look up the history of some traditional dishes. So that every time we make the dish, the story behind it comes to our mind.

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      1. Mikayla says:

        Great idea! Can’t wait to see more 🙂

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  15. What an elegant cake!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much ☺

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  16. LFFL says:

    The word SPONGE gets me every time with cake. I can only imagine what that tastes like.

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    1. skd says:

      Its also called Victoria Sandwich 😉

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  17. Jhuls says:

    I’ve been seeing a lot of Victoria Sponge Cake lately and I am asking myself right now why I still haven’t made one. 😐 This looks so pretty and yummy. Love the tea set, too. Hmm, if only my cupboard is not in the subject to explosion. 😀 Thanks for sharing, skd. Have a great week. xx

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    1. skd says:

      Because you are the ‘creative cook’ and your kitchen churns out something new everytime 😀Thank you for being an awesome host as always. Popped in late for the party but still felt warmly welcomed ☺

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  18. Loretta says:

    Beautiful cake Skd…. I’ve always loved the Victoria Sponge cake, I like your history behind it too :). I always though that tea time in the UK was adopted when the British were in India, so essentially they took the Indian custom back home with them :). Your cake looks just gorgeous and moist.

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  19. skd says:

    Thank you Loretta ☺ Even I was pleasantly surprised to learn the history behind the ‘afternoon tea ‘. There’s always something new to learn every day.

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  20. MB Einerson says:

    Thanks for the history lesson! Looks like a good use for the abundance of strawberries in my garden.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much ☺Even I was unaware of those facts.And Wow!Strawberries in your garden.So much fun! I have a few more interesting strawberry recipes on the blog which you may like to try.

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  21. Love Victoria cake but never know the history behind it.. Thanks SKF for the share

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Vidya ☺I found it interesting so wanted to share with all of you.

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  22. Oh I love Victoria Spongee cakes. Looks delicious. I can taste the moist fluffy cake now lol

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Stephy. I am a novice in baking. Your appreciation means a lot here👍☺

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      1. Well it just looks so divine, I can tell lol!!!!! 😉😚

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  23. This is a beautiful cake skd! I also loved reading abut the history of tea time. I would love to take a tea break every afternoon, but since I don’t skimp on my meals, I don’t need another reason to eat! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Julie ☺ Somehow I need a cup of tea and a biscuit by 5:00 in the evening. Otherwise I wouldn’t last till dinnertime lol

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  24. I love thee stories behind the name or origin of fabulous food. I love Victoria sponge cake, and this one looks so moist, especially with the cream and the fruits.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Your blog is a big inspiration for me. Your research into the dishes and different cultures is remarkable and exhaustive. Knowing the story behind the origin of food is very exciting . The cake really turned out delicious. Thank you again.

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