Recipe

Classic Victoria Sponge

 

I love to bake and the more I bake, the more I realise how much there is out there to learn.  Researching recipes is one of the great joys of baking.  All the variances and personalities that can be seen in the cake itself is fascinating.  Even the way you beat the mixture can affect the end result.

 

Anyway, enough of that for now, I promised a Classic Victoria Sponge.  Know how to make this cake, know the basic cake recipe.  The classic vic sponge lends itself well to adding further ingredients such as desiccated coconut or raisins. 

 

Here's my recipe for the easy Classic Victoria Sponge:

 

Cake Ingredients

200 grams self-raising flour

200 grams golden caster sugar

200 grams butter

2 large eggs

2 tbsps milk (I use full fat but semi-skimmed works just as well)

 

Butter Icing Ingredients

125 grams butter

250 grams icing sugar

1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

 

Instructions

1.   Allow the butter and eggs to reach room temperature

2.   Turn the oven on to 180 degrees centigrade

3.   Use the remaining butter in the butter wrapper to grease both tin (this recipe is perfect for 2 x 6" round tins)

4.   Then use grease-proof paper to cut out the base lining for the tins

5.   Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl (by hand or machine is fine), and mix until light and smooth

6.   Spoon the mixture into the tins, 50/50, then level and smooth over with the back of a warm metal spoon

7.   Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and springy in the middle

8.   Whilst the cake is in the oven, mix the butter with an electric mixer until very pale and light

9.   Use a low setting on the electric mixer and add the icing sugar in 5 batches

10. Add the vanilla extract and mix until smooth

11. Remove the cake from the oven and run your palette knife gently around the edged

11. After 3 minutes, turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool

13. Once cooled, spoon the butter icing onto one half of the cake and the jam onto the other half, sandwich the covered       sides together

 

And there you have it, Classic Victoria Sponge; you could add fruit to the top or icing sugar to jazz it up.  If you like the look of the cake above then have a look at our tutorials.  Enjoy!