A victoria sandwich cake is such a lovely, simple cake to make and yet never ceases to yield an “ooh” or an “aah” and an “aren’t you clever!” (when in reality this cake is so simple, it was probably my six year old daughter who made it!)
My version involves jam and buttercream in the centre. I do love the cream and fresh fruit version, but that version needs to be kept in the fridge and we never have enough room! My version can sit in a cake tin or out on the counter, covered by a glass dome, for several days (well, at least in theory!)
This is a great recipe to make with children. My kids absolutely love helping me make cakes and I try to get them to do pretty much everything, except the putting it in and taking it out of the oven type stuff.
You can absolutely make this cake with an electric mixer, simply put all the cake ingredients in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes until it looks like cake batter. However, I prefer to do things the old fashioned way and have given you my traditional method below.
- 225g butter, softened (see note below) or margarine
- 225g caster sugar
- 4 eggs (ideally organic - the better your eggs, the better your cake will taste)
- 225g self raising flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- 4 tablespoons raspberry jam (or whatever jam you prefer)
- 100g butter, softened (see note below) or margarine
- 200g icing sugar, sieved (this is really important or you will end up with lumpy icing!)
- More icing sugar for dusting
- Pre heat the oven to 180C, grease 2 x 7” sandwich tins with butter or margarine. Put a square of greaseproof paper on the bottom of each tin. (There is no need to fully line the tins.)
- Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy looking.
- Add one egg and beat until combined. Repeat with the other eggs adding them in one at a time.
- Add in half the flour and fold it in gently. Add in the remaining flour and fold in gently.
- Stir in the baking powder and vanilla extract.
- Put half the mixture in each cake tin and spread the mixture evenly over the base of each tin. Level the surface with a spoon or spatula.
- Put the cake tins in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes. When they are ready, the cakes should be golden brown on top and pulling away slightly at the sides. To be sure they are done, push a skewer (or a knife if you don’t have a skewer) into the cake. If it comes out clean the cake is done. If it comes out covered in mixture pop the cake back in the oven for a few more minutes and check again.
- Leave the cakes to completely cool before icing.
- Make up the butter icing by mixing the butter and icing sugar together – you can do this by hand or with an electric beater. I always do it by hand – it’s not very much effort if you are only doing a small quantity.
- When the cakes are cool assess which one is flattest. Trim this one down so it is completely flat (yes I know that means you lose a bit of one of your cakes but…well you’ve got to taste a bit to check it’s ok, right?)
- Spread the jam all over the flat cake top and then top with the buttercream. Put the other cake on top and dust with icing sugar. I just use a sieve, but you can use an icing sugar dredger if you have one.