Of all the cakes I make Victoria sponge with buttercream is one of my favourite. This is my go to recipe, I am not sure where it originated from as I have used it for years. The filling I have used here is strawberry jam and vanilla butter cream.

Victoria Sponge with Buttercream

Victoria Sponge with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream

You will need


  • 2 x cake tins 6in-7in/15cm-17.5cm. (You can use 1 deep tin and then cut your cake in half this is what I use).
  • Grease proof paper to line cake tins
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon ( you can use an electric whisk)
  • Metal spoon

For the sponge

  • 8oz/225g butter plus a small knob for greasing
  • 8oz/225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • 8oz/225g self raising flour

For the vanilla buttercream filling

  • 140g/5oz unsalted butter
  • 280g/10oz Icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp. milk
  • A few drops of vanilla extract

To serve

  • Icing sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Grease cake tins with butter. Line the bottom of the cake tins with greaseproof paper.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy using a wooden spoon (or electric whisk). Beat well to get lots of air into the mixture.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add a tablespoon of flour if the mixture curdles.
  5. Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon.
  6. Add in the vanilla extract
  7. Pour the mixture equally between the two cake tins and level off the top with a spatula
  8. Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when pressed gently with a finger and are pale golden in colour.
  9. Remove from the oven and take them out of the tins after about 5-10 minutes. Place them on a wire rack to cool completely (for about half an hour).
  10. Make the butter cream filling by creaming the icing sugar and butter together in a bowl, add in the vanilla extract and the milk mix to a smooth paste.
  11. Spread one sponge with the jam and the other with buttercream, then carefully sandwich together.
  12. Dust with icing sugar and serve.
  13. Enjoy

The beauty of a Victoria sponge cake with buttercream is that it can be rustled up in an afternoon in time for tea or afternoon tea.

Victoria Sponge with Buttercream

Victoria Sponge perfect afternoon tea treat


Victoria Sponge with Buttercream

Deep slices perfect to have with a cup of tea