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History Cookbook: Victoria Sponge Cake

This recipe is in categories Victorians, Baking, Desserts, Party food
About this recipe
Healthiness : (130 votes)
Difficulty:  1 out of 5 difficulty
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Number of servings: 8


The Victorians would have used the creaming method, this means they would have creamed the butter and sugar together first, then added the other ingredients afterwards. This all in one method is much easier and provides better results. For best results make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature.

Do not be tempted to open your oven whilst the cake is cooking, as the drop in temperature will cause your cakes to sink.
Ingredients
  • 285g self-raising flour
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 285g butter
  • 285g caster sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 jar strawberry or raspberry jam
Equipment
  • Weighing scales
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon or electric whisk
  • Two cake tins
  • Wire rack
  • Knife
Making and cooking it
Always wash your hands before preparing food Always wash your hands before preparing food.

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170C / 340F
  2. Grease and line 2 round cake tins with butter and greaseproof paper
  3. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl
  4. Add the butter, sugar and eggs (make sure the butter is at room temperature)
  5. Mix together using a wooden spoon or electric whisk until light and fluffy
  6. Divide the mixture into the 2 cake tins
  7. Bake in the oven for 35 - 40 minutes
  8. Ask an adult the gently press it- if it springs back when touched, then it's ready
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before carefully turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely
  10. When the cake is cool, spread one cake with a generous layer of jam. Then top with the other cake
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Name: Mark Main 14th May 2014
wartime recipes did NOT have sugar (Sugar was rationed in wartime but was sometimes saved up for special treats or events. However this recipe is in Victorians not WW2 - The Cookit Team)
Name: Sophia 28th April 2014
this is a amazing website
Name: Alex 31st October 2013
best cake on earth. ( after three trys) im terrible at cooking :(
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