Monday 12 August 2019

Victoria Sponge

I love the history of the Victorian Sponge. After 'Afternoon Tea' was invented by the Duchess of Bedford Anna Russell in 1855 Queen Victoria adopted the teatime occasion along with Anna who was one of her ladies in waiting and this Victoria Sponge was one of her favourite teatime treats.

Cut into smaller slices or 'sandwiches' which it is also so-named, the sponge cakes are filled with delicious jam and cream. The Queen often enjoyed afternoon tea when she would take residence in the Isle of Wight a lot after her husband Prince Albert died and it was here apparently that they renamed the popular cake. 

My version  isn't filled with traditional cream BUT it does have buttercream which I love and lots of jam which is also the best. I hope it is worthy enough for Queen Victoria and her ladies. I actually went to an afternoon tea recently and they didn't serve us any Victoria sponge which was highly disappointing, it's a staple in my eyes!

Check out my other cake recipes for more inspiration!

Carrot Cake
German Chocolate Cake
Lemon Drizzle



Prep: 5-10 minutes
Cook: 20-25 minutes
Serves: 6-8 slices

Makes x2 7inch cake layers. Up the ingredients to make 3 layers or 2 thicker 8 inch layers.


220g Self-raising flour
200g Caster sugar
235ml Soya milk + 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Baking soda
80g Vegan butter
Pinch of salt
3 tbsp Strawberry or Raspberry jam
180g Vanilla buttercream - use my recipe here


✿Preheat your oven to 180℃ and grease and line x2 7inch cake tins with baking paper. 
✿Mix together your soya milk and ACV and let sit for a few minutes to make your 'buttermilk'. Melt your butter and leave to cool.
✿In a large bowl, mix together your flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Then add in your wet ingredients and mix till all combined.
✿Pour batter evenly into cake tins and bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden and knife inserted comes out clean.
✿To assemble the cakes, pipe some buttercream around the edges so the top cake has a sort of pillar to sit on and then pipe some in the middle. Add your jam on top of the buttercream, finishing with the top layer of cake. I dusted mine with icing sugar with a cake template and added strawberries and more buttercream. Enjoy with lots of tea!




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