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The Royal Family share Queen Victoria’s famous sponge cake recipe

The Royal Family share Queen Victoria’s famous sponge cake recipe


The Queen's pastry chefs have delighted fans by sharing the recipe to their Victoria Sponge cake.

Posting to the Royal Family's official Instagram account, the Buckingham Palace cooks revealed the cake was named after Queen Victoria, who regularly ate a slice of sponge cake with her tea, each afternoon.

In the simple recipe, the experts mix eggs, sugar, vanilla and flour to make two simple sponge bases, which they layer between jam and a buttercream.

See the recipe below.


  • 3 eggs
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 150g sieved self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 100g jam (strawberry or raspberry)
  • 150g softened unsalted butter
  • 220g sieved icing sugar
  • 1/3 vanilla pod or vanilla essence


1. Preheat the oven to 180C (375F, gas mark 4) 

2. Grease and line two 8 inch cake tins (if you only own one tin, you can bake the sponge and slice in half)

3. Cream the caster sugar, vanilla essence and softened unsalted butter until light and fluffy

4. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs

5. Gradually add the beaten eggs, a little at a time, to avoid the mixture curdling

6. Sieve the flour and fold into the mixture

7. Divide the cake mix between the two cake tins and smooth

 8. Place on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, until the cake appears golden brown

9. Insert a skewer and ensure it comes out clean

10. Remove the sponges from their tins and leave to cool 

11. Cream the softened butter with the sieved icing sugar and seeds from the vanilla pod (or vanilla essence) 

12. Ensure that both sponges are completely cold before spreading a layer of jam onto the surface of one sponge

13. Spread a thick layer of buttercream on top of the jam ( if you prefer this can be done first)

14. Gently place the second sponge on top and gently press down

15. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with a pot of fresh English tea!