Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe

A delicious British favourite, the classic Victoria sponge cake is loved by the whole family.

YIELDS

12

PREPARATION

15 mins

COOKING

23 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 225g Tate and Lyle Caster Sugar
  • 225g butter (softened)
  • 4 large free range eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 to 3 tbsp skimmed milk
  • 284ml pot half fat double cream alternative
  • 200g fresh raspberries
  • Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Icing Cane Sugar for dusting

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE VICTORIA SPONGE CAKE

THE BEST OF BRITISH BAKING

Looking for a simple sponge cake recipe for beginners? Look no further! This Victoria sponge cake recipe is the perfect way to round off any meal in scrumptious style. Named for Queen Victoria, this traditional and quintessentially British dessert makes for the perfect party cake and goes great with a cuppa!

Follow these 3 simple steps for the ultimate Victoria sponge cake!

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC/Gas 4 (if using a fan-assisted oven, adjust the temperature according to instructions). Grease and base line two 20cm sandwich tins. Beat the butter and Tate & Lyle Caster Sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat eggs together with vanilla bean paste. Gradually add the egg mixture, beating well each time. (Add a little flour to the mix if it looks as if it might curdle).
  2. Sift together the flour and baking powder over the mixture and fold in using a large metal spoon with enough milk to make a soft dropping consistency. Divide between the tins and level with a palette knife. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until well risen, firm to touch and shrinking away from the sides of the tin. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out and leave to cool on a wire rack (discard the lining paper).
  3. Place one cake on a plate and spread with whipped cream. Arrange the raspberries on top of the cream and place the second cake on top. Dust liberally with Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Icing Cane Sugar and enjoy!

CHEF'S TIP

  • If you prefer a chocolate sponge, use 225g Tate & Lyle Caster Sugar, 200g self-raising flour and 25g cocoa powder, sifted and then simply follow the method above. You may find you need to use slightly more milk. Don’t worry if a few cracks appear on the surface of the cake – this is normal for a chocolate cake.
  • Want to get the kids involved? They will love spreading on the filling and arranging the raspberries as well as dusting the cake with Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Icing Cane Sugar and cocoa.
  • For an even creamier cake, why not add buttercream?