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Easy Victoria Sandwich Cake Recipe

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Where does the Victoria Sandwich Cake come from?

Sponge cake (you might know it as Swiss Roll) is one of the oldest forms of cakes. It is a very popular product all around the globe, because it's so easy to make. It was invented a long time ago, in the year 1615 to be exact. But only in the 18th century bakers started to use eggs in the batter and it became popular in Western Europe.

The earliest known recipe for sponge cake is prepared by mixing flour and sugar into eggs. Nineteenth century descriptions of "avral bread" (funeral biscuits) vary from place to place but it sometimes described as "sponge biscuits" or a "crisp sponge" with a light dusting of sugar". Traditional American sponge recipes diverged from earlier methods of preparation, adding ingredients like vinegar, baking powder, hot water or milk. The basic recipe is also used for madeleines, ladyfingers, and trifles, as well as some versions of strawberry shortcake.

Although sponge cake is usually made without butter, its flavour is often enhanced with buttercream, pastry cream or other types of fillings and frostings. Sponge cake soaks up flavours from fresh fruits, fillings and custard sauces. Sponge cake covered in boiled icing was very popular in American cuisine during the 1920s and 1930s. The delicate texture of sponge and angel food cakes, and the difficulty of their preparation, meant these cakes were more expensive than daily staple pies. The historic Frances Virginia Tea Room in Atlanta served sponge cake with lemon filling and boiled icing. New York City's Crumperie served not only crumpets but toasted sponge cake as well.

The Victoria Sandwich Cake is also known as the Victoria Sponge Cake and Victorian Cake. This delicious Sponge Cake is the typical British treat to eat while you sip your tea.

The Victoria Sponge Cake is a soft sponge cake filled with whipped cream, jam & fresh strawberries. It's usually cut into small pieces that look like sandwiches.

The Duchess of Bedford, Anna (1788-1861), a ladies-in-waiting of Queen Victoria (1819-1901), invented the High Tea.

She adopted the tea service format used in Europa at that time, She invited friends for a 5 o'clock meal in her rooms at Belvoir Castle. They enjoyed different treats, such as bread, small cakes, butter sandwiches, sweets and a lot of tea. It was directly a success.

Queen Victoria started to organize her own tea parties around the year 1855. The simple sponge cake was one of the favorites of the Queen. After her husband, Prince Albert, died in 1861, the Queen spent time in the Osborn House at the Isle of Wight. At this place the Sponge cake was named after Queen Victoria.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

25 min

40 min

Serves up to 10 people

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For the batter:

  • 175g/ 6,17 ounces soft butter
  • 175g/ 6,17 ounces flour
  • 15g/ 0,52 ounces baking powder
  • 175g/ 6,17 ounces brown sugar
  • 3 eggs

For the filling:

  • 50g/ 1,76 ounces raspberry or strawberry jam
  • 300ml/ 10,14 oz whipped cream
  • 16 fresh strawberries, cut in half
  • powdered sugar, as decoration on top


  1. Preheat the oven on 180 degrees C / 356 degrees F. Grease 2 baking trays with melted butter, put baking paper on the bottom of the trays.
  2. Put the flour & baking powder in a big bowl and add the butter, sugar and eggs. Mix everything well until it's a smooth batter.
  3. Divide the batter evenly in the 2 baking trays and make the top flat. Bake the cakes about 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven until they are grown, gold brown and spring back when you press softly on them.
  4. If you use metal baking trays: Let the cakes cool down for about 5 minutes in the trays and take them out of the trays after this time. Let the cakes cool down more on a grill.
  5. If you use silicon trays: Let the cakes cooldown until they are fully cooled down. After they are (almost) room temperature you can take the cakes out of the trays.
  6. Put the jam, whipped cream & half strawberries on top of one of the cakes and put the other cake on top of it.
  7. Sprinkle the powdered sugar over the cake to give it that beautiful look.
  8. Enjoy this delicious Victoria Sandwich Cake!

Who Is Queen Victoria?

Queen Victoria, Alexandrina Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death in 1901. Her reign of 63 years and seven months was longer than that of any previous British monarch and is known as the Victorian era. It was a period of industrial, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire. In 1876, the British Parliament voted to grant her the additional title of Empress of India.

Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (the fourth son of King George III), and Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. After the deaths of her father and grandfather in 1820, she was raised under close supervision by her mother and her comptroller, John Conroy. She inherited the throne aged 18 after her father's three elder brothers died without surviving legitimate issue. Victoria, a constitutional monarch, attempted privately to influence government policy and ministerial appointments; publicly, she became a national icon who was identified with strict standards of personal morality.

Victoria married her first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840. Their children married into royal and noble families across the continent, earning Victoria the nickname "the grandmother of Europe" and spreading haemophilia in European royalty. After Albert's death in 1861, Victoria plunged into deep mourning and avoided public appearances. As a result of her seclusion, British republicanism temporarily gained strength, but in the latter half of her reign, her popularity recovered. Her Golden and Diamond jubilees were times of public celebration. She died on the Isle of Wight in 1901. The last British monarch of the House of Hanover, she was succeeded by her son Edward VII of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

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One of the first things that I think of when I hear or read 'Italy' is Tiramisu. I just can't help it. Of course, Italy has much more to offer then just their delicious Tiramisu.

Tiramisu is the most well-known dessert, it simply is the crème de la crème!

Tiramisu was invented by a confectioner called Roberto Linguanotto while he was working in his restaurant 'Le Beccherie' in Treviso, Italy. People say that tiramisu has aphrodisiac effects and therefore was served in brothels in Trevisto.

The name tiramisu comes from tireme su, which is dialect of Treviso for 'pick me up'. In Italian it's tiramisu.

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