Victoria Sponge Cake

victoria sponge cake

I am a big watcher of British TV and over the years I have heard references to Victoria Sponge Cake, especially during all those tea time scenes that come with British TV.  A slice of Victoria Sponge just seems to go with tea!  So while I was in England I actually had my first and my second piece of Victoria Sponge Cake.  I enjoyed a slice in Canterbury and then at tea with my girls in London.

Victoria Sponge Cake

The cake has been around a long time and is called such because it was the favorite of Queen Victoria.  She liked to have a slice with her tea every day.  The first recipe for this cake was recorded in 1615.  It is a firm cake but has an aerated texture  (holes) so thus the name “sponge.”  It traditionally has a layer of raspberry jam and vanilla cream in the middle.

Victoria Sponge Cake

The layer of vanilla cream is basically vanilla buttercream.  I used some homemade raspberry jam I had in the freezer but your favorite kind will do.

Victoria Sponge Cake

There is no frosting on top, just a nice light dusting of powdered sugar.

Victoria Sponge Cake

Of course a cup of tea is a requirement! The original recipe I used was British so the measurements were in grams so I have converted them for you.  The recipe also calls for caster sugar.  It is similar to the extra fine baking sugar you can find in our grocery aisles.  The recipe also called for self-raising flour which I used.  It already has salt and baking powder added to it.

To make your own self rising flour just  use add 1 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt to each cup of all purpose flour.

I really think we need to start the tradition of afternoon tea here in the States!  Who’s with me!?

Victoria Sponge Cake

For other yummy treats to serve with tea check out these:

Raspberry Chocolate Scones

Orange Creamsicle Scones

Maple Pecan Scones

Chocolate Chip and Toffee Scones


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Victoria Sponge Cake


  • 1 C caster (super fine baking) sugar
  • 14 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 C plus 1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp, self raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • Filling
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C raspberry jam
  • powdered sugar to sprinkle on top


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Cake
  • Butter and flour two 8 inch cake pans. Line bottom of pan with wax paper.
  • In a bowl beat together butter and sugar.
  • Add in eggs
  • Mix in sugar, baking powder and milk
  • Divide mixture between two pans and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool and remove from pans
  • Filling
  • Beat butter until creamy and add in sugar.
  • Add in vanilla.
  • Spread over one of the cake layers.
  • Spread with jam
  • Add top layer and sprinkle with powdered sugar.


  1. 1

    Pinning this for sure. Looks fantastic.
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    auntie m says:

    I have a new love for sponge cake and this one looks amazing!
    I’m all for afternoon tea. :)

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    aimee says:

    Im from England so I have had this cake a lot yours looks perfect. I love drinking tea I have it with milk xxx

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    Valerie A. H. says:

    This cake looks elegant and delicious. Thanks for posting the recipe. I’ve watched ‘Larkrise to Candleford’ several times and somehow missed the reference to the Victoria Spongecake. I love having herbal tea everyday. It’s a treat in itself. I try to drink mostly Green Tea which has super antioxidants in it (or so it’s supposed to). I also like Yogi brand herb teas. Besides tasting good, the boxes are informative and pretty too. Each tea bag has food for thought attached to it.

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    Ruth Cataldo says:

    This cake looks amazing! I am from England and this is hands down my favorite cake! I LOVE IT! I am going to England for a visit this summer and this is one of my ‘must eats’ while I am there! I have made it many times and, like you, had to convert the original recipe! This makes my mouth water….cannot wait to eat some in England and bake my own again too!
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    Becky L. says:

    Oh, I’ve been waiting for is recipe. Thank you! Afternoon tea sounds like a great idea.

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    Susan says:

    After my parents passed away, all the people who knew them mentioned how much they enjoyed having their Afternoon Tea. Have taken some Afternoon Tea classes in the Seattle area. Love having Afternoon Tea.

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    I agree, let’s start that tradition here in the states :) Your cake looks absolutely delicious. My mother is British and she has never made that cake for me!
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    I’m born and bred english but it’s been ages since I’ve had a slice of Victoria Sponge, you’ve just piqued a craving with this gorgeous recipe :D
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  10. 10

    This cake looks wonderful! I will definitely try!
    Hopping over from The Pink Junkie Link party.

  11. 11

    Mmm…makes me want to eat my computer!

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    Your Victoria Sponge looks lovely. I haven’t any in a long time. Good Job. I found your blog on Marvellous Monday’s over at The Velvet Moon Baker.
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    Kristie says:

    This looks amazing! I can imagine it would be god with Strawberry Jam too! Will definitely need to pin this to try it!! :-)

    Visiting from Melt in Your Mouth Monday.
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    Diane Balch says:

    I love this cake. It looks so light and elegant and I bet you can use any kind of jam in it. Pinning. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.
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    That looks wonderful! I love cakes with a fruity filling. Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friday
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    Leslie says:

    Not only does this look delicious, it is just so pretty!

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.

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    Michelle says:

    Your cake is pretty, Leigh Anne. I have no doubt it is perfect with tea. Speaking of…I’m all for starting afternoon tea as long as we can have afternoon naps that follow!

    I think Queen Victoria had it right having a slice of this cake every afternoon!
    Thank you for liking.
    Michelle @Ms. enPlace
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    I do so love cakes and this just makes me want to have a tea party. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend. Best wishes for tasty dishes this week!
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