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Victoria Sandwich Cake and Trifle

Victoria sponge

Rosie, of Rosie bakes a peace of cake and Maria, of The Goddess’s Kitchen, have created Sweet and Simple Bakes, and each month they host a different event giving a recipe which we have to recreate and blog about it, sharing our experiences.

This cake was made popular in the Victorian times in the U.K. and named after Queen Victoria, and its lead to believe her majesty was very fond of this particular cake. It would be served for afternoon tea when ladies & gentlemen would take tea, sandwiches and cake for refreshments before their evening meal to bridge that hunger gap!

Victoria sponge


As you may have understood by now, I hate following instructions but this time I read the instructions several times to be sure that I understood everything.

creaming butter

I did not have 2 x 20 cm tins but I did have some tins in which I do not usually bake in, but I use them to roast nuts in and as they were the right size I decided to use them, so I had them both lined and ready to use.

Victoria sponge before baking

I followed the instructions but when I finished the procedure the mixture didn’t seem enough for me. I emptied the mixture into one of the baking tins but as I thought that it would be just a small cake, I decided to make another one. I had already packed the scale and put all the ingredients away, I was frustrated as I had to start from the beginning, the oven was already hot and the temperature outside was about 40 degrees making baking intolerable, although I had the air condition on, so I decided to get done with it the soonest possible, just adding the ingredients by heart, without the use of the scale I don’t know why but I also decided to add some cocoa in it but I did not have any, so I added two spoonfuls of drinking chocolate.

When I emptied the second one in the tin, I thought it was too much for each tin, so I decided to remove a little bit from each tin and made a little one as well.

sponge and syrup

While they were baking, I prepared the buttercream.

When they cooled down I cut the first sponge cake, spread some buttercream on, some jam, added the chocolate cake in the middle and again buttercream and jam and the second sponge cake on top. I sprinkled some icing sugar on top, et voila.

Victoria sponge

I still had the third sponge cake and some buttermilk left but it was not enough so I decided to make some trifle. I had some cream cheese and a whipping cream in the refrigerator, so I added the cheese into the buttercream and combined them and whipped them together and I whipped the whipping cream separately but instead of adding sugar I added two spoonfuls of jam.

The third smaller sponge cake broke into pieces when I tried to remove it from the tin, so I decided to bind it together adding layers of broken sponge, cream cheese and whipping cream and here is the result.


I think I’ve learned a lesson and I shall try next time to be patient with baking. Nevertheless, tastewise, it was great and the combination of both of them was even better and the children loved it.


For The sponge:
175 g (6oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
175 g (6oz) caster sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature, beaten
175 g (6 oz) self-raising flour
Pinch of salt

For The Filling:
4-6 tbsp strawberry jam, or your own choice of flavour
1 tbsp caster sugar

Buttercream (optional):
75 g (3 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
175 g (6 oz) icing sugar
Few drops of vanilla extract

You will need 2 sandwich tins (cake pans) 2 x 20cm (8 in) with depth of at least 5cm (2 in). Grease and base line the bottom of the tins with greaseproof paper or baking paper.


Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/gas mark 4.

Showing the texture and colour of creaming the butter & sugar together:
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl using a wooden spoon or mixer until the mixture is pale in colour and light and fluffy. This can take up to 5 minutes or more to achieve depending on if you are using a wooden spoon or mixer.
  2. Add the beaten egg, a teaspoon at a time, beating well after each addition *see my top tip above*Sift the flour and salt and carefully add to the mixture, folding in with a metal spoon or spatula.
  3. Divide the mixture equally between the tins and smooth over with a spatula.
  4. Place the tins on the same shelf in the centre of the oven and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until well risen, golden brown and beginning to shrink from the sides of the tin.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 3 – 5 minutes
  6. Loosen the cakes from around the edge of the tins using a palette knife. Turn the cakes out onto a clean tea towel, remove the paper and invert them onto a wire rack (this prevents the wire rack from marking the top of the cakes).
  7. When completely cool, spread the jam on the bottom sponge and place the 2nd sponge on top to sandwich them together. To finish off, sprinkle the top of the cake with caster sugar.
  8. If you wish to add the optional buttercream, add the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract to a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon or mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Spread the buttercream carefully over the jam.


I have a couple of Awards to acknowledge, so I shall start with the Awards first.

Vani, of Illatharasi has passed on to me the Brilliante Weblog Award. Thank you so much Vani 🙂


Brilliant Weblog is a prize given to sites and blogs that are smart and brilliant both in their content and their design. The purpose of the prize is to promote as many blogs as possible in the blogsphere.


Here are the rules to follow :-
When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back.

Choose a minimum of 7 blogs (or even more) that you find brilliant in their content or design.

Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Brilliant Weblog’.

Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize (optional).

As always it’s not easy to chose among so many wonderful blogs, but I have to so I am passing this award to:

1. Peter, of Souvlaki for the Soul

2. Swati, of Swati’s Sugarcraft

3. Ben, of What’s Cooking

4. Val, of More than Burnt Toast

5. Mike, of Mike’s Table

6. Corinne, of A Gourmet Love Affair

7. Jenn, of The Leftover Queen


Swati, of Swati’s Sugarcraft, has awarded me with the Magic Lamp of Luck Award. Thank you Swati for the Award. It seems that it worked because I was not expecting to publish the new site so soon.

There were no rules to follow so I am passing this award to some friends so that I may wish them good luck in what they are doing.

1.To Farida, of Farida’s Azerbaijani Cookbook, who is moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.

2.To Sam, of Greek Food, Recipes and Reflections, who is also in the process of preparing his new site

3. To Giz and Psychgrad, of Equal Opportunity Kitchen, Giz is moving to her new condo and both mother and daughter are preparing catering for a Bar Mitzavh party, for fifty people

4. To Pixie, of You say Tomahto, I say Tomayto, who is away from blogging for a long time now and I want to wish her good luck and that she can take her time and come back when she is ready

5. To Vani, of Illatharasi, who has awarded me with the previous award and wish her good luck to whatever she is doing

6. To any other friend who needs luck. Well we all need some good luck in our life, so feel free to grab this award.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!

signature Ivy




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34 Responses

  1. Ivy, I’m so happy for you! We’ve been wanting to do this too! The new blog looks great!!!

    And thank you for the award!!! 😀 I’m so horrible at these… I’ve been tagged by one other person for this same one… I’ll have to do it now 😀

  2. Firstly congrats Ivy on your new move the site looks really lovely 😀

    Also congrats on your awards most deserving sweetie!

    Glad to hear all turned out well in the end with the sponge and many thanks for partaking in this event – mmmm loved the sound of the chocolate added!

    I have changed my links on my blog to this site now Ivy 😉

    Rosie x

  3. Ivy

    Hi Corinne, thanks for the lovely comment. You should make the move, I know it’s scary at the beginning but very rewarding when you do it. I know what you mean about the awards and if you don’t feel like doing it that’s no problem.

  4. Ivy

    Rosie, sweetie, thanks for organizing the event and I am glad I participated. I think this should be a first step before registering with the Daring Bakers 😉

    Thanks for changing the link. I still have a lot of work to do on mine ..

  5. Congrats Ivy…the genie worked his magic & your new site looks great! And so does the Victoria sandwich…YUM. Are you on board the Db’s as yet?

  6. First of all congartualtions sis on all your awards. Thank you so much for thinking of me, you truly have a generous spirit.If you check back on my blog later on today, or, depending on the time, in the morning, I have something for you as well:D

  7. Ivy you give us so many reasons to congratulate you!!!!
    First let me congratulate you for switching to WordPress, it was much more easier that you thought it’ll be, right?
    Second, congrats for the awards, it’s great to have such a start on a new blog!
    And last but certainly not least, for baking this mouthwatering sponge cake 🙂

  8. Ivy

    Deeba, are you kidding? I have a long way to go until I join the DB.

  9. Ivy

    Sis, thanks in advance. I shall be aware for a few more hours but certainly the first thing I do in the morning is to check the e-mails, drinking my cuppa.

  10. Ivy

    Lore thanks so much. It’s not as cool as your site but I am pleased with it. That reminds me I must add your widget on the site. Thanks a lot.

  11. Thanks for the award Ivy! We’re going to need all of the luck that we can get.

    Question for you – why did you move to WordPress? I’m working on starting a new blog (non-food related) and am thinking about whether to continue with blogger or go to wordpress. So, I’m curious why you decided to switch.

  12. Ivy

    Thanks Psychgrad. Check your e-mail.

  13. Your new site looks great Ivy. I notice it also loads faster than your old one. I will update my blogroll and google reader right away.

  14. Ivy

    Thanks Lisa. What a relief to know that everything is working smoothly.

  15. Thanks for the award Ivy! Much appreciated. Glad to see you’re on WordPress now. That cake looks divine! Baking requires more than just patience..it’s almost like science.

  16. Ivy

    Hi Peter and thanks. I think I have learned my lesson.

  17. Ben

    Oh I like the new house! It is a very brave move to get your own domain and join the ranks of the PHP world :-p If you have any problem, doubt or question, just let me know. I am not an expert, but I have learned something in my own blogging experience 😀

    Thank you for the award and that delicious recipe. It looks delicious!

  18. Ivy

    Hi Ben. Thanks for offering to help and shall have it in mind.

  19. Ivy, congrats on your new site! It looks lovely! I am looking forward to your recipes on your new blog!

    COngrats on your well deserved award! And thank you for passing one to me. It is so sweet of you:) I am going to post about it soon on my blog.

    I think I am going to resume blogging on my current blog while gradually working on the other. Missed blogging!

  20. Ivy

    Hi Farida,

    I do hope you start resuming blogging soon as it is a very easy procedure to transfer all your posts to the new site later on, when it is ready.

  21. Ivy,

    Thank you for the kind words and the recognition. I greatly appreciate it…even if I am awful about handling the follow-up end of these things. 😉

    Also, that cake looks fantastic! I’d never heard of a sandwich cake like that, but it looks like it would be a hit in my house for sure

  22. Ivy

    Thanks Mike for everything. I don’t know if I would have made the move to WP without your help.

  23. Dear Ivy

    Thanks a ton for the award.. I appreciate your gesture..
    I just came back today …
    The sandwich cake is really tempting…

  24. That looks amazing!

  25. thats a great idea to add some cocoa/chocolate! must’ve been fabulous!

  26. Ivy

    Thank you Arundathi.

  27. Congratulations on your well deserved awards. Your cakes look great! I have to try to make them someday… Yummy!

  28. Ivy

    Thanks Lynn.

  29. Amu

    Great Looking Cake Ivy…:-)

  30. Ivy

    Thanks Amu.

  31. Hi Ivy

    Loving your new blog and congratulations on this well deserved award!

    Your cake looks so delicious and love how you added chocolate. Thanks so much for taking part and hoping you will join us in our next bake!


  32. Ivy

    Thanks Maria and looking forward to the new challenge.

  33. Wow …Ivy …great site!
    Congrats to you on getting the awards …. they really motivate you to continue blogging too 🙂
    It’s a great idea to have chocolate in this recipe too. It must taste yummy 🙂

  34. Rei

    Congrats on the award! What a great idea to add chocolate to this cake! Must have tasted really good!