Monday, May 14, 2012


There are many different recipes for the Queen Victoria Sponge Cake.  It seems that jam between the layers is the main common thread between them!  I thought this recipe was very simple and "Fit For A Queen"! 

Queen Victoria Sponge Cake

This was the favorite cake of Queen Victoria for which the “Victorian Era” is named.  (she lived from 1819-1901)  She brought new importance to tea around the world.

Ingredients for cake: 2 cups of CAKE flour, 2 tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp salt, zest from ½ lemon, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter- unsalted, 4 eggs, 2 Tbs warm milk and ¼ tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for Filling:  1 Cup of Bernideen’s Strawberry Preserves (or any) and 1 Cup of heavy whipping cream beat with ¼ cup Confectioners sugar

Topping:  Confectioners Sugar for sifting on top of finished and sliced fresh strawberries

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and  grease with butter and flour 2 round cake pans – 8” size.

2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.

3. Mix chopped lemon zest and sugar in large mixing bowl adding butter, mixing well

4. In another bowl, beat eggs, milk, and vanilla and add this mix to the butter mix above mixing well.  Slowly add flour mixture and continue beating until smooth. Pour into prepared cake pans and level out. 
Bake for about 25 minutes (check with toothpick) at 350 degrees.  Remove from pans to cool completely.

Place bottom layer on desired plate, spread preserves and ¼ whipped cream around cake staying away from edge – Top with 2nd layer and remaining whipped cream.  Pile sliced strawberries on top and refrigerate.  Serves about 8-10

I will be linking this post to Kathy at A Delightsome Life and also
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday


EllenaElizabeth said...

I love the history of the British Royal family. Just read a biography of VR and am currently reading a bio of her youngest son Leopold, who suffered from haemophilia. It's just so intriguing. Sorry to be a stickler but Victoria died just a few months before her 82nd birthday. She was born 14 May 1819 and died 22 January 1901. She is still the longest serving British Monarch at 63 years and 7 months with the current Queen, Elizabeth just tailing behind her at this time. QE 2 however is older than Victoria though as she is 85 this year with birthday celebrations taking place atm.
Thanks for sharing about VR, love history.

Rosemary said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I tried making a sponge cake... but it came out very heavy. Will have to try again! Looks lovely!

Kimberly said...

Oh! It sounds SO good!!! I have berries, but no jam at the moment. We're down to the last of last summer's jams. Wish I could get a jar of Berideen's! :)

Schotzy said...

Beautiful cake and lovely post... thanks for the recipe!!!

Mary said...

Yes, the English like this cake.

Martha said...

I love a good Victoria Sponge -- and this time of year is perfect for one -- with fresh strawberries. Yours looks yummy!

Steph said...

Looks so Delicious!!

Karen said...

This looks so delicious. I would love to try making a sponge cake.

Angela McRae said...

Yum! A sponge cake is going on my Bucket List of recipes to try. (I'll bet you don't have a recipe Bucket List, Bernideen, because you seem to have made at least one of EVERYTHING!)

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Bernideen
I fell in love with sponge cake the first time one of the garden club ladies made it. I've yet to bake one myself but will definitely try.
Would it work with all purpose flour?

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Bernideen, your Sponge Cake looks fabulous and I'm sure Queen Victoria would approve! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.


Erica (Irene) said...

Yummm...this cake looks so delicious. Since it will be Queen Victoria's Birthday this month and we celebrate in Canada as a Holiday.....I'm going to make this cake for the occasion....

thanks for sharing and great photos. :-)

Snap said...

My goodness. this looks so good ... my mouth is watering!!!! Happy Tea Day!

Unknown said...

I can just see the Queen napkin in lap, enjoying ever bit of this looks so yummy!

Kathy said...

Oh, this looks truly fabulous! I love Queen Victoria - such a wonderful role model - I am so glad you shared with A Return to Loveliness!
God Bless,

Beth said...

Hi Bernideen, Your cake looks delightful! I picked a very few strawberries from the garden just today.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a wonderful looking sponge cake! Wish I could share a piece with you.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Bernideen,
that cakes looks absolutely delicious. Really fit for a queen, her Majesty would have loved it. I will try to make it once. You always share such amazing recipes. Thank you very much.
Best greetings, Johanna

bigindianwedding said...

Beautiful cake!! absolutely gorgeous.

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Gorgeous presentation...I am going to try out this recipe!! Happy Belated Mother's Day -- just coming up for air here!! (SMILES)

Plush Possum Studio said...

We'd like to invite you to link this lovely recipe at our Steam Tea Travels sister blog, where Victoriana and steam combine.
It looks simply scrumptious!
Have a queenly day!

Zinnia said...

Have you seen the film Young Victoria. Välddigt good costume drama and the background of her difficult childhood until she meets her beloved Albert. I have made Victoria cake and felt very British but I live on Swedish soil. I wish you a wonderful day! Zinnia

Michele said...

Not sure how I missed this post!?

I have never made a sponge cake, but make cakes from scratch often -will have to try it. Your recipe looks wonderful. Thank you!

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