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History Cookbook: Victoria Sponge Cake

This recipe is in categories Victorians, Baking, Desserts, Party food
About this recipe
Healthiness : (654 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: Challenge 2nd November 2018
The cake wasn't good but it was easy if you want to make it then do it because its ...
Name: Lily 26th September 2018
the sponge cake is fast and easy! thank you from sharing fantastic and lovely recipes
Name: Jane Davidson 29th March 2018
Hi I made this sponge cake can use chocolate power in it for a change or dried fruit itrees was very good and thick sponge I will do one when my brother and his wife comes and stayed with me many thanks for that bye for now
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