Sweet & Simple Bake #1 - Victoria Sandwich Cake

Here is my first food blog challenge, compliments of Sweet & Simple Bakes! This challenge was fun for me because I have never made a cake quite like this one before - no chocolate in sight! I do not have scales so it was a bit difficult to do the measurement conversions from the original, but the end result was delicious. Also, I substituted some homemade raspberry cake filling for the jam so there was an extra challenge :) Here is the original recipe and my own simple alterations and substitutions...


The sponge
175g (6oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
175g (6oz) caster sugar

3 eggs, at room temperature, beaten
175g (6 oz) self-raising flour

Pinch of salt

*My sponge
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
3 eggs, room temperature (beaten)
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp flour

For The Filling

4-6 tbsp strawberry jam, or your own choice of flavour

1 tbsp caster sugar

*My filling
2 cups raspberries
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1.5 tbsp cornstarch

-Bring berries and 1/3 cup water to a boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
-Strain the berry mixture and return to heat.
-Add cornstarch to remaining water. Whisk into berry mixture.
-Add sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer for 8-10 minutes.
-Cool completely.

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

*I opted out of the buttercream.


-Cream butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until the mixture is pale in colour and light and fluffy.
-Add beaten egg, a teaspoon at a time, beating well after each addition.
-Sift flour and salt and carefully add to the mixture, folding in with a metal spoon or spatula.
-Bake in greased pan(s) for 25-30 minutes, until golden and pulling away from sides. (*I used one greased 8-inch spring-form pan)
-Let cool completely, cut in half (if applicable), and add filling.
-Dust with icing/caster sugar.


  1. Hi Dani, well done!! Your cake looks delicious!! I will add your link and pic to the round-up (sorry) I must have called by your blog before your post was up.

    Best wishes Rosie x

  2. Welcome and well done on your first challenge. You cake looks yummy! :)

  3. Great Looking Cake....Nice Work Dani...:-)

  4. Welcome to Sweet & Simple bakes, I'm sure you are going to love it :) What a lovely looking cake!

  5. thanks everyone :) i had a lot of fun and i am looking forward to the new challenge :)

  6. Hi Dani

    Welcome to your first bake at Sweet and Simple Bakes! Your cake looks great and I love your presentation.

    Thanks for taking part and hoping you will join us in our next bake!


  7. Looks great. One of my all time favourite cakes

  8. Congrats on your first challenge. You did a great job.

  9. Hi Dani
    I love the way you decorate your cake :-)

  10. Lovely with raspberry jam I bet!

  11. This is such a pretty cake! I am actually a fan of sponge cakes, and the idea of eating it with the raspberry jam sounds delicious :).