The Great British Bake Off: Victoria Sandwich Cake.

The Great British Bake Off has started playing on BBC two. The first episode was all about cake. Perfect start! The amateur bakers made some amazing looking cakes. I am definitely going to try the brownie meringue and raspberry cream cake. And wow the cinnamon, banana and caramel cake looked amazing. Did anyone else watch the show? If you're from the UK you can watch it on BBC iplayer.

One of the judges is Mary Berry, who I get many of my classic recipies from. It was one of the cakes baked in the programme. I thought I would share her recipe for one of the most basic but delicious truly British Cake, the Victoria Sandwich. It's a very light sponge which goes brilliantly with the heavy double cream and tangy jam.

Victoria Sponge. Victoria Sponge.

Victoria Sponge.


For the filling and topping
  • 2 loose bottomed 20cm/8in sandwich tins, 4 cm deep

Kitchen Aid <3 Cake batter.

  1. Lightly grease the tins and line the bases with non-stick baking parchment. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Measure the butter or margarine, sugar, eggs, flour, and baking powder into a large bowl and beat for about two minutes, until just blended; an electric mixer is best for this, but of course you can also beat by hand with a wooden spoon.

  3. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared tins and level the surface with the back of a spoon or a plastic spatula.

  4. Bake for about 25 minutes, until well risen and golden. The tops of the cakes should spring back when pressed lightly with a finger. Leave the cakes to cool in the tins for a few minutes, then run a small palette knife or blunt knife around the edge of the tins to fee the sides of the cakes. Turn the cakes out on to a wire rack, peel off the paper and leave to cool completely.

  5. Choose the cake with the best top, then put the other cake top downwards on to a serving plate. Spread with the jam, put the other cake on top (top upwards) and sprinkle with caster sugar to serve.

Victoria Sponge.

Victoria Sponge. Victoria Sponge.
It's not in the recipe but I fancied some icing on the top instead of sprinkled sugar so I just mixed the icing sugar with a drop of water and drizzled on top. Yum! This cake was a big hit, everyone loved it and it's so simple to make. It's a really good starter cake if you haven't done much baking before. Enjoy!

Victoria Sponge.


  1. I will def be checking this programme out on iplayer, it sounds fabulous! This cake looks yummy, I love a good victoria sponge. I often switch mine up a little by adding lemon juice to the batter, filling it with lemon curd and mascarpone and sprinkling with golden caster sugar. It's delicious!

    I made coco-cola cupcakes today, they're amazing even if I do say so myself!

    I'm so jealous of your kitchen aid, I want one in that exact colour!


  2. I stumbled across the programme by accident last week and LOVED it. A little too much probs, but it was great haha. Going to iplayer the next episode (clashes with the big brother final - ahh!).

    I'm with you on the Mary Berry classics. I have an ancient book of hers that was my Mum's. I've made her victoria 'all in one' sponge' but I quite fancy trying the different flavoured ones she suggests (like orange, for example).

    My last cake however, was a 'naked lady cake' my not-so-mature brother commissioned! Sigh...I doubt Mary Berry makes many of those!

  3. I love the show, watching it later tonight!!! The brownie merrainge cake looked AMAZING!!! Biscuits tonight!!! I am so jealous of your Kitchen Aid, when I get a job after uni and a place to live I'm totally going to get one! Your Victoria sponge looks amazing!!! Nomnomnom!!! You can't have cake without icing x

  4. ohhh that cake looks delicious! im not a baker, but i must admit watching things like the great bake off and sophie dahl make me wish i was!

  5. I've loved the show so far, tonight's looked so hard though! Macaroons arrh. I made them once, complete fail, but I might try again. Victoria Sponge is such a classic but i haven't made it in ages.

  6. Am definetly going to give this one a go, great recipe! xXx

  7. Oh oh! I remember seeing the advert for this and meant to write it down somewhere to remind me, thanks for this.

    Sorry - how perfect does your cake look? I think Victoria sponges are my favourite cakes next to chocolate fudge :)

  8. Oooh my sister has requested a 'Celebration Cake' for passing her GCSEs, so I might make this tonight :DD It looks delicious!

  9. The Victoria Sponge is my Cake Nemesis - I just can't seem to get it quite right, whichever recipe I try! I tried the Mary Berry one on Sunday and they sank a bit but they DID taste lovely and were light and fluffy so I'm going to persevere with that recipe - maybe less baking soda?!

  10. aah, i used to make this all the time. it's delicious. we have a family recipe for a cake similar to victoria sponge, but better. i shall have to attempt (and perhaps blog) it. though i do recall it being a weird one as the batter had a tendency to be slightly unstable.

    p.s. - in the first line of ingredients - should it be 225g/8oz butter rather than 25g?


  11. Yep, I watched last weeks episode - have last night's recorded to watch soon! Love the addition of icing on yours, looks so yummy!! Going to go now & follow u on Twitter :)

  12. Mmmm, how delicious does this look! x

  13. aaww...this looks so delicious, yummyyummy!I need to try this recipe!

  14. Oh my goooooood. That looks amazing, damn. I want cake now.
    You should make a cheesecake. I know someone who loves cheesecake to heaven and back (hint; it's ME!)
    Devon xx

  15. Yum, this looks great!
    I love a good old light and fluffy victoria sponge :)
    Thanks for your recipe! I'll give it a go for sure.



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