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Looking for Jubilee-themed bakes to complement your planned celebrations, or perhaps to take along to a street party or event hosted by a friend or family member? The Royal Victoria Sponge, or Victoria sponge or Victoria sandwich as it's commonly known, dates back to Queen Victoria's coronation, as she is said to enjoy a slice of the delicious cake with her traditional English afternoon tea.
The Victoria sponge is simple to bake and requires minimal decoration. In fact, we use only five main ingredients to bake this British family favourite (the cream is optional!). It's the perfect quick bake to enjoy with a cup of tea!
- Pre-heat your oven to 140C/ Gas Mark 4. Line and grease two 20cm sandwich tins with greaseproof paper.
- Mix the butter and sugar together until it’s pale in colour and has a creamy texture.
- Add in one egg and mix with a third of the flour – make sure you mix the same way.
- Add in another egg and mix with the flour, repeat again until the mixture is combined.
- Split into the two tins and cook in the oven for 15-20 mins. You can check the sponges are cooked by putting a knife into the centre and making sure it comes out clean.
- After a few minutes, turn out onto a cooling rack and once cooled, the bottom of each sponge cake can be smoothed with jam and either whipped cream or clotted cream.
- Finally, dust with icing sugar and perhaps add some fresh strawberries or other fruit to complete the look.
If using only jam your cake can be stored at room temperature. If using cream, this needs to be kept very cool, ideally in the fridge, unless it's all eaten on the same day (we suspect it will be!).
You can freeze Victoria Sponge and also have the option of preparing your sponges in advance to quickly sandwich and decorate on the day of your event.