Life in a Cumbrian Village

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Carolyn’s Victoria Sponge Recipe

This simplest of sponge cake recipes has a fresh berry and whipped cream filling that takes the classic Victoria sponge to new heights.



  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and flour the bottom only of 2 20cm dia cake tins
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs until appearance is thick and lemony. Beat in sugar and vanilla
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually stir flour mixture into egg mixture
  4. In a saucepan, bring the JUST MILK and butter to a boil. Remove from heat and add all the hot milk mixture to batter mixture. Stir until well combined
  5. Pour mixture into prepared cake tins, using a spatula to get remaining batter out of bowl, and to spread batter evenly
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.


  1. Cream the butter in a bowl using the back of a wooden spoon. Keep stirring until it’s of a creamy consistency. Add 280g of the icing sugar a spoonful at a time, continuing to cream the butter between each spoonful, until all the sugar has been thoroughly mixed in.