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JILL BAKES | Classic Victoria Sponge

Jill STEWART from Jill Bakes with a classic Victoria sponge.

Looking for Coronation baking inspiration?!

What are your plans for the bank holiday weekend and more importantly…do they involve cake?! I think they definitely should and this Victoria Sponge is on the cards in my house.

Sometimes the classics are just the best - this Victoria Sponge with Vanilla Cream & Strawberries is a lovely classic recipe and it’s made so easily!

I went for a flavoured vanilla cream but you could also use buttercream. I guarantee this will go down well!!

Jill Stewart (@jillbakes_)

County Antrim Foodie and Instagrammer

Classic Victoria Sponge recipe.


Serves 12-14

For the sponge:

225g butter or spread, softened to room temp

225g caster sugar

225g self raising flour, sifted

1 tsp baking powder

4 large eggs, at room temp

1 tsp vanilla extract

To fill the cake:

500ml double cream

2 tbsp icing sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

4-5 tbsp strawberry jam

Fresh strawberries left whole to decorate plus a few quartered to fill the cake with


Preheat the oven to 160 degrees fan. Grease two 8 inch cake tins with a small amount of butter and line each with a circle of baking paper.

In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together for about 5 minutes until pale and fluffy.

Sieve the flour into a bowl and add the baking powder.

Add an egg into the creamed butter and sugar and mix, then add a quarter of the flour and repeat until it's all added. Add in the vanilla extract and mix gently.

Divide the mixture evenly between the tins - I weigh the filled tins to check. Use a spatula to smooth the surface of the cakes.

Bake the cakes on the middle shelf of the oven for 19-24 minutes until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the inside of the tins and turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack to fully cool.

While the cake is cooling, whip the cream, icing sugar and vanilla in your stand mixer until it just holds its shape - take care not to overwhip, it happens very quickly!

Fill a piping bag fitted with a large plain nozzle with half of the cream.

To assemble, place the first cake onto a serving plate and pipe on little blobs of cream. Gently spread it with plenty of jam (you can also put the jam on first to make it easier to spread). Add a few chopped strawberries and push into the cream.

Place the second cake on top, with the bottom of this cake facing up.

Dust with icing sugar. Spread the remaining cream in the middle of the cake with a palette knife and decorate with fresh strawberries.

Best eaten fresh on the day, otherwise store in the fridge and eat within a day.

Classic Victoria Sponge recipe.


Jill Stewart, from Portglenone, is a true Foodie who brings her passions together to create a unique balance of both healthy dishes and sweet treats on her Instagram social media blog, Jill Bakes.

Jill is passionate about creating and sharing recipes on her Instagram platform (@jillbakes_) which are easy to follow, quick to make and not using hundreds of ingredients! And with over 51,000 followers, a lot of people are enjoying Jill’s food journey.

Jill STEWART (Jill Bakes) smiling holding whisk in kitchen.

The County Antrim lady has been a keen baker from a very young age, learning many skills from her late Grandma who was a fantastic baker.

Jill is a regular recipe contributor for Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living magazine.

CLICK HERE to head over to INSTAGRAM to discover JILL BAKES - it is a fantastic blog where you'll discover enough inspiration to keep you baking and cooking for months!


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