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victoria sponge

Victoria Sponge with easy homemade raspberry jam and light vanilla buttercream

This all time classic never fails to please. The zing of the raspberry jam cuts through the sweetness of the sponge and light butter cream and really adds a special element to the cake. Pipe in your buttercream for a truly professional finish.
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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 12 portions
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Here's what you'll need...

Ingredients you'll need...

Sponge recipe

  • 200 g unsalted softened butter
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 large eggs lightly beaten
  • teaspoon milk slightly warmed

Raspberry Jam filling

  • 425 g fresh raspberries
  • 165 g golden caster sugar

Buttercream filling

  • 200 g softened unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 150 g icing sugar sifted


  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar

Here's what we do...

Sponge method

  • Set the oven temperature to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas Mark 4.
  • Grease 2 x 20cm (8 inch) sandwich tins and line the base with greaseproof paper.
  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer beat butter and caster sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy and very pale yellow in colour. This may take a few minutes.
    buttercream beaten
  • Sift your flour and baking powder together.
  • Add half of the egg mixture and start mixing gently. Once it starts to look like loose scrambled egg add 3 tablespoons of flour. and mix until incorporated.
  • Add the rest of the egg mixture and flour and beat together, until all ingredients are combined.
  • Transfer the cake batter to your two sandwich tins, measuring on scales so that each tin holds the same amount.
  • Level the batter gently with the back of a metal spoon.
  • Bake in the centre of the oven, side by side if you can and remove when golden and a metal skewer comes out clean.
    baked Victoria sponges in tin
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cook on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Then remove from the tin and and cool on a cooling rack.

Raspberry Jam

  • Purée the raspberries in a food processor, then pass them through a fine nylon sieve, pressing with a wooden spoon so that as much juice as possible gets through – you should get about 15fl oz (425 ml).
  • Place your purée in a medium saucepan with the sugar and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
    raspberry jam in pan
  • Turn up the heat so the mixture boils rapidly for 8-10 minutes, keep stirring from time to time so it doesn't catch on the base.
  • When it's ready, the mixture should have reduced by one third and a wooden spoon drawn across the base of the pan should leave a trail for 1-2 seconds only, but be careful not to overcook it, or you will get a glue-like consistency. The other way to test it is ready is to place a plate in the freezer for 10 minutes then transfer some of the jam to the plate and see if it sets within a few seconds, if is quite runny then it is not quite done yet.
    raspberry jam in bowl on slant
  • Leave the jam to cool before spreading over the flat side of one of the cake tiers.

Soft and silky buttercream

  • Beat the butter and vanilla essence until silky smooth.
  • Gradually add the icing sugar and continue to beat until fully incorporated and soft.
  • Add the buttercream to the piping bag which has been fitted with your nozzle (if you do not have a nozzle just cut a 1.5cm hole in the bottom of the icing bag).
  • Pipe round blobs of icing on top of the jam layer, moving from outwards to inwards, the blobs should no about 2cm in height.
  • Place the other tier of the cake, flat side down, onto the buttercream layer.
  • Sprinkle the caster sugar over the top of the cake.
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Supporting Notes

Ensure all cold ingredients are at room temperature - especially the eggs. Leaving them out at room temperature for about 25 mins before you bake should be adequate, depending on how warm the room is.

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