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This recipe is classed as intermediate

Rating 3.16 / 5 (1421 votes)

Prep time:
25 min, plus cooling
Cook time:
25 min
makes one 20cm cake

A tea time classic from James Martin, a golden sponge cake filled with strawberry jam and softly whipped cream Top 10 Victoria sponge recipes


1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5.

2. Grease and flour two 20cm sandwich tins.

3. Combine the butter, sugar and vanilla essence in a bowl or food processor, and mix well to a creamy consistency.

4. Slowly beat in the eggs one by one.

5. Fold in the sifted flour.

6. Pour the mixture into the prepared tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes until well-risen, golden brown and springy when pressed.

7. Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.

8. Spread one cake with strawberry jam, followed by a layer of whipped cream. Place the other cake on top.

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I try other recipes and ALWAYS come back to this one....It is the best and, never let's me down.

bumpbump bumpbump  Posted 24 May 2013 11:59 AM

Bog-standard Victoria sponge recipe this one, think I'll stick to Mary Berry! (And, weigh your eggs out first, then match the butter, sugar and flour - chances are it'll be over 8oz.)

sinbinN74460 sinbinN74460  Posted 02 Jun 2012 9:56 PM

Blueroze Blueroze  Posted 02 Jun 2012 7:49 AM

not enough mixture for 2 x 20cm tins, i don't know how high these are supposed to rise but i would expect more batter. other recipes have 225g per ingredient so you can expect a thin miserly cake from here.

nickW49972 nickW49972 Posted 10 Jan 2012 10:19 PM

JohnC90107 JohnC90107 Posted 22 Sep 2011 11:14 PM

made this wee victoria sponge last night for the first time.......was soso easy and was truly delicious.......everyone loved it.......wud recommend.......x

JOANNED72499 JOANNED72499 Posted 14 Apr 2011 8:27 AM

Would this be a good cake for mothers day on Sunday the 3rd of April, If so Tell me :D! and also If it is or not Tell me another good cake or I'll still do it but just place pink Icing and strawberry jam&cream in the inside[; I want it to be special for Mothers Day, REPLY!

RoloA50345 RoloA50345 Posted 30 Mar 2011 4:00 PM

I just love this cake.my best and very easy to make.

BarbaraM6974 BarbaraM6974 Posted 03 Mar 2011 4:40 PM

I made this cake yesterday and it is delicious, I added cocoa powder to make it a chocolate sponge! yummy and i even made chocolate butter icing for the middle then sprinkled it with icing sugar! DELICIOUS!!!! xxx <3

Lx Lx Posted 06 Feb 2011 1:40 PM

Absolutely lovely, thank you. Will be using this recipe again and again and again!

sarahM11911 sarahM11911 Posted 02 Feb 2011 11:46 PM

Loved it. made the cake that I have uploaded for my shift

natty2b natty2b Posted 19 Nov 2010 6:51 PM

Made this today it was lovely and very easy to make. thanks Smile

Charl598 Charl598 Posted 27 Oct 2010 10:36 PM

made this twice.. turned out great both time Smile

reemasq reemasq Posted 19 Sep 2010 1:08 PM

Just made this and it's turned out great. Light and fluffy and i think the electric hand mixer helped add air to the mixture.

YvetteC99330 YvetteC99330 Posted 19 Aug 2010 3:56 PM

We live in San Diego, California and miss our Victoria sponge cake which we always eat on our trips to see family in England. This recipe rocks! It took a few minutes to convert the directions to "american" but we did it and the results were perfection!

JackieA52501 JackieA52501 Posted 27 Jul 2010 8:59 PM

Hi, does anyone know how I would adapt the recipe for 10" cake tins instead of 8"? Thanks

SamanthaE4827 SamanthaE4827 Posted 16 Feb 2010 2:32 PM

What a sponge cake my 10 year old daughter and Myself made it today so easy to make.The smell coming out of the oven was heavenly, it was lovely on its own or with a cup of tea thank you James will be checking to see what else the two of us can cook lol

SimonJ40602 SimonJ40602 Posted 19 Nov 2009 8:03 PM

easy and delicious, I used fresh strawberries instead of the jam - scrummy!

lyndaW55731 lyndaW55731 Posted 26 Sep 2009 9:45 PM

cake mix is gorgeous...Smile
just can't wait for it to come out of the oven:D

HazelX223 HazelX223 Posted 07 Aug 2009 10:46 AM

sue 1951 sue 1951 Posted 11 Jul 2009 2:52 PM

Got to be one of the easier recipes to make

sue 1951 sue 1951 Posted 11 Jul 2009 2:51 PM

swap the jam for fresh strawberries in season

Annieq Annieq Posted 04 Jul 2009 8:03 PM

well easy recipe, even i managed to do it right.

ElaineC38606 ElaineC38606 Posted 01 Jul 2009 5:33 PM

its a gd recipe i follow it exact n my cake never seems to rise why is that ?

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 28 Jun 2009 3:59 PM

The very best thak you the recipe never fails me James... you are a star. X

bumpbump bumpbump Posted 18 Jun 2009 4:09 PM