Basic Quick Victoria Sponge

Okay so first of all, I will not be winning any baking awards with my Victoria Sponge; however I am sharing this very basic of basic recipes as it is quick and easy to make. The taste is as a Victoria sponge should be.  The sponge may not be quite so light and fluffy as when you introduce the ingredients individually, but it is still homemade and yummy!

This is of course the most basic of sponge mixes and you probably even made them at school. Sometimes it is good to get back to the basics. I am old enough to have used imperial weights and measures. A sponge mix was easy to remember as all the ingredients were double the egg amount.  eg. 3 eggs, 6 oz sugar, flour and margerine (or butter).  It was only very recently I found out that 1 egg = around 50 gm; therefore for every egg, you use 50gm of all the other ingredients and 50 gms is roughly 2 oz. There, a useless fact for you!

I have used strawberry jam in my “sandwich”; however choose whichever jam you prefer.

Basic Quick Victoria Sponge

The most basic vanilla sponge mix.

Course Cakes, Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword Sponge
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 portions
Calories 408 kcal



  • 3 medium Eggs
  • 150 gm Soft Margarine
  • 150 gm Self raising flour
  • 150 gm Caster sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence


  • 50 gm Soft Margarine
  • 100 gm Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence


  • 2 - 3 tbsp Jam of choice



  1. Pre-heat oven on 150 fan, 4 Gas

  2. Line the cake tin with greasproof paper (if not using silicon trays).

  3. Place all the sponge ingredients in a large bowl and whisk for several minutes until all the ingredients are combined and lighten in colour and appear smooth.

  4. Divide the mixture evenly between the cake tins and bake in the middle of the oven for about 20 minutes.

  5. Check they are cooked by inserting a skewer or knife into the sponge and if cooked it should come out clean.

  6. Cool on a cooling rack.

Butter Icing

  1. Place all the icing ingredients in a bowl and whisky until light and smooth.


  1. Once the sponge is completely cool, spread jam on the bottom side of one sponge.

  2. Then on the bottom of the other sponge spread the butter icing.

  3. Sandwich them together. Voila!