Victoria sponge cake

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By: Paul Hollywood From: Good Food Live

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.45 / 5 (3291 votes)

Prep time:
20 min
Cook time:
20 min
makes one cake

Feather light sponge and a fabulous filling mean Paul Hollywood's easy to make, classic cake is sure to become a favourite

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1. Set the oven to 180C/gas 4. Lightly butter two sandwich tins, each with a diameter of 20cm.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, and then slowly add the beaten egg.

3. Fold in the sifted flour and spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tins.

4. Bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool and then remove from the tins.

5. Whip the cream until thick and use it to fill the sponge with the jam.

6. Dust liberally with icing sugar to serve.

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  • 175 g unsalted butter
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 175 g self-raising flour


  • 3 tbsp strawberry jam
  • 500 ml double cream

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Terrible! Came out as flat as a pancake, clearly the quantities were all wrong. It's back to Delia for me.

JennyB19239 JennyB19239  Posted 23 May 2015 2:30 PM

Always used the same recipe for years and always came out good. Tries this one due to the popularity if tv show and him- not good gas far to low, sponge hardly rose and not light at all. Oh well, go back to the usual dependable recipe.

sharonG41225 sharonG41225  Posted 22 Dec 2013 1:05 PM

i loved the recipe i made a great cake , would so recommended it to anyone x

EllieO89207 EllieO89207  Posted 12 Sep 2013 1:31 PM

The best results come with 200g of sugar butter & flour- also 4 x eggs.

bumpbump bumpbump Posted 24 May 2013 12:05 PM

i loved the recipe i made a great cake and thank you for the help but you could do with adding a little bit more sugar guysWink

sugartits :) sugartits :) Posted 06 Aug 2012 10:18 PM

Hi Kathleen, thanks for your query - generally in recipes, use medium-sized eggs unless stated.

Hope you enjoy the cake!


Anna -Good Food Anna -Good Food Posted 02 Aug 2012 10:37 AM

what size eggs are used?

kathleenC76042 kathleenC76042 Posted 01 Aug 2012 11:37 PM

lovely cake very easy to make Smile

joleneC26555 joleneC26555 Posted 01 Jul 2012 5:26 PM

mixed all ingredients together, so much easier and turns out lovely

SusanC532 SusanC532 Posted 28 Apr 2012 2:31 PM

this was my first ever cake to make. it was so easy and so so yummy!!

BernieA52740 BernieA52740 Posted 17 Apr 2012 8:29 PM

This is by far the best recipe for a VICTORIA SPONGE CAKE.The
only comment i can make is it is far easier to mix all the
ingredients together with an electric mixer.

williamR75030 williamR75030 Posted 04 Apr 2012 2:02 PM

Hi.. who can help?? I need to make such a sponge .... but with a 10inch round cake tin!!.... any ideas as to the quantities I need please... thanks x

angelaT14019 angelaT14019 Posted 25 Mar 2012 5:06 PM

24cm = 6/5 of 20cm therefore the appropriate mass of flour, butter, sugar is 250g (252= 175*36/25) as it is the square of the diameter that is needed.
Also 4 eggs plus one yolk (36/35 * 3 eggs = 4.32 eggs)
I think that 500ml of cream is too much for this so keep that amount for the larger cake.
Bon appetit!

cinemike cinemike Posted 20 Dec 2011 11:27 AM

Hello Terry. To be honest, most Victoria sponge recipes call for 20 cm tins so it is a bit tricky to make a 24 cm one. You could try 225g each of sugar, butter and flour, and 4 eggs - that will obviously give you more batter, and would probably fill your tins.

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 08 Nov 2011 3:10 PM

please can you help,just brought all stuff for sponge cake,but my two cake tins are 24cm not 20cm as said in recipe,what do i do ,thanks tp.

terry  pau40723 terry pau40723 Posted 07 Nov 2011 12:27 PM

trying to encourage my daughter (22) to do a bit of baking like my Mum used to. Just made this cake and it is easy and very tasty. I am a bloke who is nearly 50 who grew up on homebaking (as we did then). This might just of wet my appetite to try some more,

stephenH78725 stephenH78725 Posted 06 Nov 2011 5:51 PM

My search on the internet for the best ever receipe for a sponge cake brought this one up and I made it for my daughters birthday cake. It was everything a Victoria sponge cake should be. Try it, you wont be disappointed!

VanessaT57058 VanessaT57058 Posted 03 Nov 2011 9:47 AM

I have just used this recipe to bake my first ever cake Smile. Tastes lovely Smile))))

MarkB13579 MarkB13579 Posted 14 Oct 2011 12:22 PM

i have made one of these into an uber girly birthday cake. i added a little vanilla essence and pink food colouring to the cake mixture and then decorated with pink incing, purple lettering and pink shimmer

debbieO3595 debbieO3595 Posted 30 Sep 2011 2:36 PM

I made two of these to use as a birthday cake for my son. I'd never made a sponge before and it was really easy and turned out beautifully. My friends were amazed at how nice my cake was. Well, how nice PAUL'S cake was! Would have posted a photo - but everything scoffed!

AlisonC87933 AlisonC87933 Posted 05 Aug 2011 7:00 PM

Haha! That made us laugh tip, though. Thanks!

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 27 Jul 2011 10:36 AM

don't sprinkle with icing sugar if using as a birthday cake, it goes everywhere when you blow the candles out

richardP71284 richardP71284 Posted 26 Jul 2011 6:51 PM

would like to make this, what amounts would I need for a 12inch by 4 inch heart shaped tin.

JuliaJ47894 JuliaJ47894 Posted 29 Jun 2011 9:36 PM

i tryed your recipie and my cake came out beutifully also the good thing about it was a school prodgect i was cooking for so i got a 5c thanks. i gave you a 5 stare rating cos your recipie helped me out big time thanksxxx

amandaM98230 amandaM98230 Posted 20 Jun 2011 8:12 PM

Cant get the rating to work properly but I am giving it a five star rating. I originally made this cake the other week and beat the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon, but have just made it again but used an electric whisk for the beating, my goodness what a difference, it is indeed a featherlight cake, in fact its more than that its one of the best cakes I have ever tasted or ever made. So many thanks to P.Hollywood for the recipe. I am making two more cakes for this week end for a friends birthday surprise party!!! hope they turn out as good as the one I have just made!!!

Viv 123 Viv 123 Posted 20 Jun 2011 7:44 PM

I made this cake last week for some friends, it was lovely, very moist and quite light, but I wouldnt say that it was feather light, but it was a lovely sponge, I filled it with the jam and cream, then put fresh strawberries and blueberries inside and on top, lovely. I am making two for a friends birthday next week, hope its as good. I tried to put the stars up but they wouldnt go, I would rate it nearly a five *

Viv 123 Viv 123 Posted 13 Jun 2011 2:16 PM

i made this recipe with butter icing instead of cream (as im allergic) and pineapple jam (by hartleys) was Amazing! easy to make and quick ... very tasty outcome!

JILLC56021 JILLC56021 Posted 10 Jun 2011 8:42 PM

Just took my apple ones out and they look so good i recomend making with apples for apple fans !

amyR88760 amyR88760 Posted 12 May 2011 8:36 PM

I made this cake with apples through it and now im just waiting to see how it turns out ! its looking yummy !

amyR88760 amyR88760 Posted 12 May 2011 8:10 PM

This cake turned out lovely, nice and light yum yum.

garryC80899 garryC80899 Posted 25 Apr 2011 8:50 PM

i make this cake all the time using the same ingredients, comes out the oven perfect every time! taste's amazing.

littlemonster_ littlemonster_ Posted 18 Apr 2011 11:38 AM

it's so easy but delicious. first time i've ever baked & i baked in perfection.

brab brab Posted 20 Feb 2011 8:23 PM

This cake is rubbish!, it goes rock hard

DeniceC49268 DeniceC49268 Posted 19 Feb 2011 9:37 PM

very easy and delicious

max0856 max0856 Posted 02 Jan 2011 9:09 AM

absolutly great! it always rises if used right ingreidient and is much better than the other victoria sponge recipes on this site but this is very hard to find after you have gone off it so bookmark it or save it!

ArianneT87079 ArianneT87079 Posted 08 Dec 2010 4:43 PM

This is a very simple yet incredibly tasty recipe! All my friends and family love it every time I prepare it!

Janira Wheatley Janira Wheatley Posted 08 Nov 2010 2:17 PM

This site won't allow me to star rate it, but *****+!
I adore this cake recipe. It's surpasses any and all i've used before. My family adore it and I get requests to make it all the time. Beautiful.

OliviaT68601 OliviaT68601 Posted 10 Sep 2010 9:06 AM

great but try 100g cornflour and 75g flour...even lighter than air.

BerniceC25721 BerniceC25721 Posted 10 Sep 2010 2:18 AM

this cake is absolutly goergeos i put it down in the kitchen and went to my grandads for the weekend and when i got back it was totally empty i managed to sneak myself a slice before hand i really do suggest you make this!!

ArianneT87079 ArianneT87079 Posted 06 Sep 2010 7:33 AM

Made two, for a picnic with not fresh cream but butter icing and jam and strawberrys on the side with friends

sue294 sue294 Posted 12 Aug 2010 11:15 AM

good victoria sponge cake mix, very simple, but for an even lighter cake to go with jam & cream try this:2 eggs, 75g caster sugar & 75g self-raising flour. beat the eggs & sugar for 10 mins with an electric whisk, no less than 10 mins & it should triple in volume & turn almost white. then really gently fold in the flour being careful not to knock all the air out of the egg mixture.pour into cake tins 7ins wide not 8ins if poss.bake for 20-25 mins on 180c gas 4 & you will have a super light sponge that goes better with jam & cream than this classic victoria sponge. also, in the original recipe i found 7in tins were better size than 8in. goooooooooooood cakes!!!!!!!!!!!

christineP22 christineP22 Posted 27 Jul 2010 12:16 AM


SuraijanA71340 SuraijanA71340 Posted 13 Jun 2010 4:37 AM

I've never had great success with sponge cakes, but this recipe was a winner! Light and fluffy sponge that actually rose for once(and that is with a dodgy door seal on the oven). I did use slightly smaller tins though. Will definately use this recipe again.

DawnS56674 DawnS56674 Posted 30 May 2010 12:45 PM

i used this recipe to make the sponge and then did my own filling and topping =)
the sponge was lovely! really easy recipe!

SarahC26128 SarahC26128 Posted 18 May 2010 2:09 PM

Wow what can I say, this cake is sooo good i have had to take the rest of the week off work!!!

I recommend it to people who hate cake!

peteO9103 peteO9103 Posted 11 Apr 2010 9:20 PM

This is the easiest of all cakes, never fails, if it does it is something you are doing, made a larger quantity yesterday with my grandchildren for a giant cupcake it turned out perfectly much to their delight. I cooked it on a lower heat for around an hour and opened the oven a lot to check if it was cooked and it didn't sink at all.

spongebab spongebab Posted 08 Apr 2010 11:57 AM

I made it for my bf and put little fluffy chicks and mini eggs on it for a nice easter cake. He loved it

bryonyC38381 bryonyC38381 Posted 05 Apr 2010 5:53 PM

yum yum!! and easy 2 cook Smile

libbyW82100 libbyW82100 Posted 30 Mar 2010 7:48 PM

Second time I've made this. A really easy which tastes gorgeous. 5 stars. :D

butterflywings butterflywings Posted 14 Mar 2010 2:12 PM

If you use plain flour the cake will not rise. This is called all purpose flour in USA. Don't use it. Use only Self Raising flour. If You take the cake out of the oven too soon it will go down in the middle. If you add baking powder to self raising flour it will be uggghhh and not rise either. If you butter the tin too much the cake will be crispy on the outside and if you cook it too long or too hot it will be also. Don't open the oven too much, it will go down or not rise. The oven must be preheated for it to rise properly. Once I put a cake in the oven that must rise gently, I don't let anyone in the kitchen and walk softly so it does not disturb the cake. You can add vanilla essence with the beaten eggs. You can sift cocoa with the flour but take out as much flour as you add cocoa eg one teaspoon of each or it will be dry.

SheilaD12768 SheilaD12768 Posted 11 Mar 2010 9:13 PM

Just made the cake and it didnt rise at all!! Even tho i put baking powder in !!!

Dont Bother

sallie09 sallie09 Posted 26 Feb 2010 3:33 PM

Hmm Mixed Reviewwwsss. Im gonna try this recipe any way n see what happens. Then ill let you knowwww

sallie09 sallie09 Posted 26 Feb 2010 2:06 PM

Made this several times! very easy good results mixture makes excellent buns too stella c must be doing some thing wrong cheap ingredients,wrong temp,its fool proof

andrewM29977 andrewM29977 Posted 24 Feb 2010 5:51 PM

although i haven't used this website's recipe the size of the tins seem rather large and therefore the cake may not rise. For better results use smaller width tins, the mixture should come half way up and rise slightly above the tin.

stellaC40870 stellaC40870 Posted 21 Jan 2010 6:17 PM

this was absolutely rubbish it didnt even rise above 2 inches and i advise you not to bother even making it it was a waste of time and money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
love farmer bill from the canadian desert. I HATE My LIFE !!! HOPE THE NEXT one will be better p.s i just want tor say i love you ivanna tinkle from the south route to tennase p.p.s we love you miss hannahgin

kayshakX52190 kayshakX52190 Posted 17 Jan 2010 1:17 PM

just made this cake. The amount of ingredients the recipe says was not enough 2 fill the tins but add a tsp of baking powder to help it rise more.

HannahC48554 HannahC48554 Posted 24 Oct 2009 3:11 PM

Easiest and stil the best,this recipe is "tops" with me and my friends. Thanks.

bumpbump bumpbump Posted 08 Sep 2009 6:52 AM

To ErinK2590: that might be more to do with an ingredient you used or the method you employed than the recipe. Bear in mind that the recipe doesn't tell you to stir while adding the egg and keep stirring until the mixture is homogenous, but you'll need to.

I used this recipe for the first cake I ever baked earlier today. It was almost perfect. The only issue I can find is that 500ml cream is far too much; I barely used half.

Finished product: [link]

CogentL33659 CogentL33659 Posted 03 Aug 2009 11:20 PM

Not a very good sponge cake recipe. Aside from the fact that you need to at LEAST double the recipe to make both the 2 top and bottom pieces of a sponge cake, the finished result is not very spongey or light at all!

Give this recipe a pass. There's better out there.

ErinK2590 ErinK2590 Posted 03 Aug 2009 7:59 PM

will try it on saturday and give you the thums up of down

rebeccaB92726 rebeccaB92726 Posted 07 Jul 2009 3:07 PM

Wicked.........very nice and light sponge, great turn out. used melted chocolate and 100 and 1000s instead :-)

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 05 Jul 2009 8:23 PM

very boring

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 05 Jul 2009 3:28 PM

please add some pictures of the steps taken to make the cake
thanks x

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 05 Jul 2009 10:57 AM

Excellent! The atste is excellent, all my friends enjoyed this cake

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 03 Jul 2009 9:01 PM

thankss Frown

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 03 Jul 2009 4:21 PM

Thiss Lookss Baree Niceee Smile Mmmmmmm Smile

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 02 Jul 2009 10:43 AM

the first cake I've ever done by myself!
I'm poud!
Naomi, 16

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 01 Jul 2009 2:55 PM

i love sponge cakes all my life

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 01 Jul 2009 1:21 PM

very nice, a lovley fluffly cake to enjoy wen jammin with ur matess xxxxx

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Anonymous Anonymous Posted 30 Jun 2009 2:11 PM

good recipie im making it in school well we have to mae our own so i picked this it looks like it would be a very nice desert i just love to cook and bake cakes

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 30 Jun 2009 7:55 AM

awesome i rate it 4

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 29 Jun 2009 7:50 PM

Me Like Food >Smile

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 29 Jun 2009 3:08 PM

This recipe is gorgeous, highly recomended for dinner parties.

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 29 Jun 2009 12:05 PM

i hope it works im useing it 4 my skewl fodtech class

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 28 Jun 2009 9:42 PM

Very good recipe, I would strongly recommend it to everyone who likes a good sponge cake.

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Anonymous Anonymous Posted 28 Jun 2009 3:31 PM

a good cake :D

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 25 Jun 2009 7:25 PM

I can not cook very well, but this did help. Thank you guys much love x

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 25 Jun 2009 1:27 PM

great recipy made 4. Tin size 250mmx200mm coocked for 35 mins on 180 just added a tea spoon of baking powder what a rise (brill)
should have 6 stars

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 25 Jun 2009 1:21 PM

i thought this was i really fantastic cake

juat waiting to eat it

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 24 Jun 2009 4:29 PM

love the recipe its soo simple

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 23 Jun 2009 8:51 PM

ooooooh quite nice

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 23 Jun 2009 3:35 PM

this cake recipe is the besat recipe methd i have used so far i do recamened it

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 23 Jun 2009 2:46 PM

I tried this at home and it was relly good

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 21 Jun 2009 5:01 PM

i'm 18 , am haven't baked a cake since yr 11 food technology lessons ( that was 2 years ago) . Found it really easy to make , apart from it took nearly a hour to cook but hasn't yet sunk in the middle , thnks for recipe

meredithW19719 meredithW19719 Posted 04 Jun 2009 5:27 PM

Making the cake at minute!!... gonna use Fudge yogurt instead of the cream and jam filling though.. hope it works!! :D

SamH79265 SamH79265 Posted 03 Jun 2009 2:22 PM

Made the cake looks great has not gone golden just hopes it tasts great

KarisW52433 KarisW52433 Posted 25 May 2009 2:35 PM

I made this today for first time. Did not have strawberry jam but used raspberry instead. Is delishamundo.

SharonM20294 SharonM20294 Posted 19 May 2009 2:52 PM

Just made this today, first time baking the whole family loved it...

KirstyL18182 KirstyL18182 Posted 26 Apr 2009 4:28 PM

i made this for my mum for mums day it was lovely but long to cook and then i made enother one 20 minutes ago checked it and was still runny and dark brown :C

ninetteH18299 ninetteH18299 Posted 27 Mar 2009 6:48 PM

Just made this cake from the recipe above for my mum for mothers day. Great recipe, we made ours in a heart shape, just hope it tastes nice! ours too has sunk slightly in the middle Smile

rosieT47919 rosieT47919 Posted 21 Mar 2009 8:47 PM

just made this looked good in the oven, left in to cool and bingo, sunk in the middle,,,, why?????im sure my testing team wont worry tho, cream and strawberries hide all kind of faults xx

huiabird huiabird Posted 15 Mar 2009 3:56 AM

I made this cake, a few minutes ago .. It was all going well until the top part came out of the oven. I was devasted as it looked like a pie !! The rim was perfect however it sunk in the middle.. What did i do wrong ?

ChelseaM35991 ChelseaM35991 Posted 14 Mar 2009 4:05 PM

very light

cliffH1170 cliffH1170 Posted 09 Feb 2009 6:08 PM

this is the first victoria sponge cake i have made and it has turned out really good, so thank you so much for the recipe.

StephanieV53246 StephanieV53246 Posted 06 Feb 2009 5:44 PM

Hi when ever I make a victoria sponge the edge always goes crunchy, why is this??

mandyL5843 mandyL5843 Posted 30 Jan 2009 10:03 PM

I'm 35 and i never baked a cake until now - i don't have self raising flour but i was told i can add baking powder - how much should i add to this mixture??? (even though it was quite flat it was still moist and delicious!)

OceanB64173 OceanB64173 Posted 18 Jan 2009 12:35 PM

Im 12 and my gran does not eat alot of cakes and she said 2 me that it was nice and light on her belly so thanx for the recipe

DanielC146 DanielC146 Posted 13 Dec 2008 2:16 PM

I made this Cake and my whole family loved it. it was quick and easy and i am only 11 so i really enjoyed making the Cake.

LottieC95609 LottieC95609 Posted 06 Oct 2008 3:55 PM

i made this cake and everytime i made it the top of the cake went hard and chewy and suggestions xx :D

nonee nonee Posted 03 Oct 2008 10:33 AM

i love victoria sponge and i am the MASTER of them im only 11 but if someone tried my cake without knowing who did it they probably would have thought if was a proffesional! (my heads getting too big right!)

victoria sponge master victoria sponge master Posted 21 Sep 2008 9:13 AM

This cake is great guys. Although when I made it the first time the top of the cake fell off the bottom.

Connormerry Connormerry Posted 19 Sep 2008 5:25 PM

I'm 12 and i love to cook!!! This is a top notch recipe and victoria sponge cake is a great thing to make... Yum yum!!!

Ace Cook Ace Cook Posted 31 Aug 2008 11:45 AM

its not suitable but try making a normal sponge cake and decorate the top

groovychick1 groovychick1 Posted 27 Aug 2008 5:36 PM

I was wondering if anyone who has made this cake can tell me if it would be suitable for a birthday cake and how big was the end product so i know where to go for size etc, any help would be appreciated thanks

lancerchick82 lancerchick82 Posted 23 Aug 2008 4:27 AM

i must say i hadnt baked a cake in years and was a bit apprehensive as to how this was gonna turn out but hey you know what it was literally a piece of cake it rose beautifully ans tasted absolutley scrummy

sunnygirl1 sunnygirl1 Posted 22 Aug 2008 4:06 PM

first time making it and it was delisious but the sad part was it never rised at all still good to eat though hummmmmyyyyyyy

Sez. Sez. Posted 13 Jul 2008 3:26 PM

this was a piece of cake... hahaha

Sez. Sez. Posted 13 Jul 2008 3:25 PM

found when i tried to do one big cak ewith this mix it didnt rise at all, but i made the mix again and used in in individual cupcake holders and it rose well then, i am going to give the whole cake another go later, fingers crossed it will rise this time

jellybean7 jellybean7 Posted 08 Jul 2008 12:12 PM

This recipe worked excellent. That was the first time Ive ever used double cream and whipped it for thickness. My advice is to put it in the fridge after you made it so it sets then put it in the middle or the top half of the cake slides allover!

robson08 robson08 Posted 25 Jun 2008 1:04 PM

very disappointing out come, best to avoid, also left me flat ha

Red6 Red6 Posted 22 Jun 2008 8:49 AM

The cake was very good. Simple and easy to make. The cake was risen very well. i ADDED 2 TEASPOONS OF VANNILLA EXTRACT, it tasted delicious.

boo31 boo31 Posted 31 May 2008 5:48 PM

i made this for my youngest brothers birthday. i had never made a cake before

shikoomkoom shikoomkoom Posted 18 May 2008 11:42 AM

i tried making this sponge cake over and over and i just cant get the sponge to rise,it does cook and taste lovely but is flatter than a pancake ha ha ha........can you please please help me...its my boy friends favorite cake and i really want to impresse him

fifi. fifi. Posted 04 May 2008 2:05 PM

this cake is a very rich and light cake that gives it a really good taste and one of my fav recipies

nonee nonee Posted 27 Apr 2008 8:07 PM