This is a very simple sponge cake, and in my opinion, one of the greatest. Once you have mastered this cake, you have the base for all sorts of variations.–Rosemary Shrager
LC A Great Mind Note
We’re swooning to this Victoria Sponge Cake, yes. This cake, a nod not just to Queen Victoria but British sensibility, defines the very notion of simple yet sophisticated. Yet we’re also sorta swooning to Rosemary Shrager and her seeming inability to not share insights when she thinks of them, seeing as her cookbook is crammed with savvy tricks and techniques. Here, a few tips she mentions in reference to her recipe that we’d rather not withhold from you:
Buttering and lining the cake pans before baking not only prevents the Victoria Sponge Cakes from sticking but also gives the cake a softer exterior.
You don’t have to stick to a round cake pan: you can use a square or oblong tin or even bake the Victoria Sponge Cake in a Pyrex dish. Do be sure to use the right size, however. A 7-inch square cake pan roughly equals an 8-inch round one. If you want to use a bigger pan, use 1 1/2 times the quantity of the mixture, or even double it, remembering that it will take a little longer to bake.
During baking, things can happen to cakes, but don’t worry–it’s usually something that’s simple to correct next time. Sometimes cakes crack or have a peak in the middle, which means the oven was too hot. If the cakes sink, the oven was too cool or you didn’t beat the mixture enough.
If you want to frost the Victoria Sponge Cake but the top of the cake has peaked slightly, you can always trim it and then turn it upside down.
When storing this Victoria Sponge Cake, I always line the containers with wax paper. Most cakes keep well in an airtight container. The higher the fat content, the better they will keep. This Victoria Sponge Cake freezes well without its filling—that is to say, when it’s still just a couple of sponge cakes and not yet a proper Victoria Sponge Cake.
Stale leftover sponge cake can be used to make trifles.
Victoria Sponge Cake
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- 25 M
- 1 H
- Makes one 8-inch layer cake
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Recipe Testers Reviews
This recipe has such perfectly balanced sweetness, and is so neutral, that you can use it as a foundation for a broad scope of sponge-based desserts. As written, the finished cake with the jam is great, but apart from this traditional Victoria sponge cake layered with preserves and served with tea, I can see this cake having a host of variations, particularly ones that moisten the cake. Think rum or strong coffee or even sweetened hot milk. I once used a cake like this for a riff on a very rustic tiramisu.
This is a nice little recipe. Even with the 4 eggs and 2 sticks butter it is really a very light-tasting cake with a very nice crumb. I couldn’t get past the thought of no vanilla, almond, or even lemon extract, so I added some vanilla, which I felt was needed. I used raspberry preserves in between the 8-inch layers and dusted the cake with confectioners’ sugar, and it satisfied me enough that I haven’t mixed up a creamy frosting or a pastry cream. (Yet.) I already enjoyed 2 slices of this cake. Since I have the rest of it left over, if I really want to make it rich, I may add some custard and fruit and turn it into a trifle.