Quick & Easy Victoria Sponge by Silver Spoon

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    • Vegetarian
  • 77 Reviews

    5 star rating

This Victoria Sponge cake recipe is one that you will return to time and time again. Its even crumb and rise ensure this cake doesn't go dry around the edges but you are instead left with a light and airy texture that is oh so delicious. 


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas mark 5). Top Tip: Put some water in a cake tin or roasting tin and set in the bottom of the oven. This will help your sponges to stay moist and prevent it from drying out. Prepare the sandwich tins (2 x 8in sponge tins) by lining with baking parchment.

  2. Cream together the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon or electric hand whisk, until pale and fluffy.

  3. Add the eggs in 4 parts, beating well after each addition so that the egg is well incorporated. Add the vanilla. Sift the flour into the mixture and fold in lightly with a metal spoon, until the mixture is even. Add the milk and mix.

  4. Spoon the mix into tins and bake for 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

  5. To assemble the cake, put a dab of cream in the centre of the serving plate, and top with one of the cakes. Spoon the whipped cream all over the base and sprinkle over the halved strawberries. Top with the other cake and decorate with strawberries. Sift over the caster sugar and serve.


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  1. 5 star rating

    Flautless and spongy cake. This is now my go to cake recipe. Quick and yummy.

    I want to add cocoa in half the batter for a marbled look. What is the best way to adjust this?

    The best way is to reduce down the flour with whatever quantity of cocoa that you are using.
    Happy Baking!

  2. 5 star rating

    The most simple guide to make a fluffy sponge. Followed the guidance and made a awesome fluffy sponge first time. I like the tip about the water in the oven base.

  3. 4 star rating

    It was good but looked like a pancake tasted good though!

  4. 5 star rating

    Fabulous, never made it before but this recipe was brilliant.
    I would suggest using baking paper for the tins though, we tried with just butter around the edges and it was a bit crumbly.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️☑️☑️☑️☑️☑️

  5. 4 star rating

    Soft and bouncy but a bit flat. Still a great recipe. Thanks.

  6. 4 star rating

    Amazing result and I’ll keep using this recipe

  7. 5 star rating

    Never baked cakes befor but this was so easy to make. And taste amazing. I just put some strawberry jam on top with a sprinkle of coconut.
    Amazing with some custard. 😜

  8. 5 star rating

    Love it a bit flat but yummy

  9. 4 star rating

    Good, quick and easy recipie. 15 mins prep is a bit optimistic unless you have everything out and ready. Water in oven a good tip - never done that before, but good steam oven substitute!

  10. 5 star rating

    easy recipe and such a great tasting cake!! if i could add a picture i would!

  11. 3 star rating

    I feel like it’s got too much butter in it. A bit too rich for me.

  12. 3 star rating

    How do you live the tin with parchment paper? I have tons which drop down when finished?
    Hi there,
    I hope this article on how to line baking tins helps a little. happy baking :)


  13. 5 star rating

    Easy nice the one who gave a bad review can't cook I don't normally but this was easy and nice

  14. 5 star rating

    Fantastic result ,thanks ,feel quite chuffed with myself

  15. 3 star rating

    Could someone answer a question for me please. Where do i put my cake tins in the oven. Is it best to put them top, middle or bottom. Can't seem to find the answer on any recipe

    It is best to put your cake tins on the middle shelf, side by side if possible.

    Happy Baking!

  16. 5 star rating

    I am hopeless at baking, I've tried many different recipes but this one was perfect, the cake was soft and fluffy even after it has cooled down, such as the next day. Thank you.

  17. 3 star rating

    Didn’t raise very much in my 8”, would definitely do this in a 7”. Not a bad cake, But not a great cake.

  18. 5 star rating

    This recipe is the best!! I always use this recipe and honestly the tip for the oven using water is a must! Thank you for this recipe it has saved my baking life I use it every time there’s a birthday!!

  19. 1 star rating

    I am only half way through baking this so cannot give stars yet - but am very concerned because at the top of the recipe it says 2 7 inch sponge tins but under utensils it says two 8 inch cake tins .... so i am praying the 2 x 7in tins do the job.

    I am very sorry for the error in the recipe, we will looked to get it amended.
    In honesty either size tins will work, if you use 7" they will be deeper and might require slightly more baking. I would suggest for a 4 egg sponge that 8" cake tins are used.
    I hope your bakes are successful.
    Happy Baking!

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  21. 5 star rating

    Fabulous recipe, the most delicious cake I've made.
    Second time I went to make it I forgot the milk so really hoping it still turns out ok.

  22. 5 star rating

    This is my go to recipe . Perfect fluffy light sponge every time

  23. 4 star rating

    Delicious so good

  24. 5 star rating

    Amazing best ever

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  27. 4 star rating

    The cake was amazing but was a little dry even after using the warm water tip but apart from that the cake was great!

  28. 5 star rating

    Best sponge cake I've ever made- thank you for this gift of a recipe

  29. 1 star rating

    The worst I've tried so far. Came out flat and texture was shockingly bad! Don't waste your ingredients!

  30. 5 star rating

    First ever baking attempt and nailed this. Thanks for the recipe and tips

  31. 5 star rating

    Hello, I want to try this recipe but do you put both tins at the same time or one after the other? Thank you


    Yes both tins in at the same time, ideally on the same shelf if possible to ensure even baking.

    Happy Baking!

  32. 4 star rating

    I don't know if it was my oven but it took about 35 minutes to bake might just be my oven but the cake was delicious and the tip to but water at the bottom of the oven was great!!

  33. 5 star rating

    This is the best sponge cake I have ever made. Very moist and fluffy. I made it for my daughter's birthday in lockdown. Put chocolate ganache on top. It was a total hit. The girls and hubby loved it. Will be making it again one weekend. Thanks for the great recipe.

  34. 5 star rating

    Delicious cake! Thank-you for sharing the recipe. xx

  35. 5 star rating

    This recipe is a must we tried this during lockdown and was a perfect treat

  36. 5 star rating

    Thank you for sharing this.It came out amazing and delishes.Sorry if I spelt something wrong.Thank you.

  37. 4 star rating

    Glad I read this recipe reminded me of the water in the oven. Turned out well. Just a little sweet for my liking. Will adjust for next time.

  38. 5 star rating

    Best sponge cake I've ever made, so oight and fluffy even though I didn't use the water tray still turned out fantastic

  39. 5 star rating

    Best sponge I've ever made so light and fluffy, even though I didn't carry out the water trick it still turned out fantastic.

  40. 5 star rating

    Just started baking after a long time found this recipe easy and the cake turned out well.lovely and moist.daughter thoroughly enjoyed it.

  41. 5 star rating

    Great recipe!!!

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  43. 5 star rating

    Forgot the milk, and took about 5mins more, but taken out and it looks jolly good. Ps I'm not good at cakes., so v.pleased.x thank you

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  45. 5 star rating

    Love the cake. I used the ingredients to make a marble cake. Love it. 5 stars!

  46. 5 star rating

    Brilliant! I havent baked for decades amd yet i still comoleted this perfectly! 💡🎂

  47. 5 star rating

    Best cake I’ve ever made. So easy and yummy. It was nice and light, even made it into cupcakes.

  48. 5 star rating

    Best sponge recipe ever!!!

  49. 4 star rating

    Smells a bit like scrambled egg but still tastes nice

  50. 4 star rating

    Easy to follow.. Bit disappointed it's not risen as I thought.. Its just come out of oven so 🤞 it tastes OK...

  51. 3 star rating

    Yummy and delicious but u don’t need to add strawberry’s. jam works just as well

  52. 5 star rating

    Really easy to make and came out so well.

  53. 5 star rating

    It’s amazing,just wanted to try this recipe out and it turned out great.

  54. 2 star rating

    tasted dry, and did not produce enough too flat to stack and floury

  55. 5 star rating

    Fabulous cake! Made this with my husband during Lockdown will definitely make many times I’m sure😋

  56. 5 star rating

    My family loved it!

  57. 5 star rating

    52 never made a cake before!! How easy was this! Clever me 👏🏻

  58. 5 star rating

    Made this cake was delicious loved it x

  59. 4 star rating

    It’s so easy great cake first time ever baked a cake what a hit this was.

  60. 5 star rating

    Water trick is so simple but great results. Wickedly soft spongy texture. Swapped vanilla for orange essence and this cake with a chocolate glaze is awesome. I will be making again but following the recipe in full.
    Well done! Great recipe *****

  61. 5 star rating

    Utter disaster. Like a fried butter sandwich that fell under a steam roller. But this is not a bad review. I TAKE TOTAL BLAME!

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  63. 5 star rating

    Excellent and just by following recipe. So light... was a big hit. Gone in a flash.

  64. 5 star rating

    Amazing cake even worked in an non fan oven! Great go to cake!

  65. 5 star rating

    The best recipe that I have had for years

  66. 4 star rating

    Excellent and easy to follow

  67. 4 star rating

    I hadn’t baked a cake in 15 years and this helped so much. Came out perfect! Thank you

  68. 5 star rating

    It is one of the best recipes I really recommend it to everyone 👍.

  69. 5 star rating

    Made this cake with my daughter whilst in lock down and it’s the best sponge I’ve made .It was light and fluffy and will bake this again!

  70. 5 star rating

    Love it ❤

  71. 5 star rating

    This recipe worked a treat! It produced a lovely, spring, light and tasty sponge. Thank you for this recipe. I even make my own jam for the middle!

  72. 5 star rating

    Amazing I love it

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  74. 4 star rating

    Good recipe. I like the water at the bottom of the cake tin. We should have melted the butter before mixing with the sugar on step 2.

  75. 4 star rating

    Nice tip with the water in cake tin to begin with. Would suggest melting the butter before creaming together with sugar on step 2.

  76. 5 star rating

    My first cake ( only made bread before) Faultless recipe. worked perfectly. Thanks.

  77. 4 star rating

    Your classic recipe is the one taught to me by my mother 70 years ago when all creaming and beating was with a strong right arm. Now I see that cooks like Mary Berry just throw all ingredients in a mixer and give it a few blasts. Seems to work for them.

    Also - how do you get the scalloped effect of cream and strawberries shown in the picture?

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