Victoria sponge

As you might know by now, I bake the birthday cakes for my office once a month. We haven’t got a budget big enough to get patisserie cakes and we were all so bored of the supermarket varieties. So the company pays for the ingredients and I bake away one night a month. I really enjoy it as I get to choose what to make and I have always loved to bake.

This month people had requested a traditional Victoria sponge so I made this classic with only one little addition – fresh strawberries. It went down a treat and it really is a wonderful summer cake.

I hade made this before, but this time I made the cake slightly higher and below is that recipe. The cake is incredibly easy to make, just don’t open the oven door until 30 minutes have passed (to avoid it sinking in the middle), then you’ll be fine. I prefer to make one sponge and cut it in half with a serrated knife, but feel free to use two cake tins (same size) if you wish.

Victoria sponge, serves 10

260 g plain flour

260 g caster sugar

260 g softened butter

5 eggs

1,5 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

Filling:

200 g strawberry jam

200 ml whipped cream

150 g sliced strawberries

Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat together with an electric whisk. Pour into a buttered and lined cake tin (or two of the same size). Place in a 175C oven for 35-40 minutes. Do not open the oven door until 30 minutes have passed.Cut the cake in half with a serrated knife and let it cool completely.

Place the bottom sponge on a cake plate and spread the jam onto it. Add the sliced strawberries and on top the whipped cream. Place the other sponge on top. Decorate with a few strawberries and dust with icing sugar.

Victoria sponge

The quintessentially British cake must be the Victoria sponge, right?! Whenever I make it, people go crazy for it. I understand why, it is very good, but it is so easy to make it should create that much fuss.

I made this for work for the monthly birthdays a while back, and it disappeared in a flash. First when it was finished people looked towards the other cakes, a phenomenal frosted brownie and marzipan cake. Crazy, right?

My go to-recipe for an English sponge is Delia’s. We do these kind of sponges in Sweden as well, but the less buttery ones (some even completely without butter) are more common. They are bouncier and less sturdy, but very moist, but not suitable for this kind of cake. Here you want the firm, but moist, sponge that can handle the weight from the cream and jam and not absorb too much of the liquid.

I made this version slightly summery with some fresh strawberries in it, but you can just have jam and cream if you prefer. It is good either way?

Victoria sponge, serves 8

175 g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

3 eggs at room temperature

175 g softened butter

175 g caster sugar

1/2 tsk vanilla

Filling:

300 ml whipped cream, sweetened with a tsp of sugar (or vanilla sugar)

100 ml strawberry or raspberry jam

100 g strawberries, slices – not necessary

Sieve the flour into a bowl. Add the other ingredients. Use an electric whisk to incorporate into a batter. Divide the batter between two springforms, greased, of the same size. Place in 175 C oven for about 35 minutes. Do not open the oven door before half an hour has passed so the cake won’t rise unevenly. Leave to cool comletely.

Spread the jam on one of the sponges. Place the sliced strawberries on top (if you want to use them) and then cover with the quite firmly whipped cream. Place the other sponge on top and powder with icing sugar. Keep in the fridge if not consumed immediately (because of the fresh cream).