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Definitive victoria sandwich

Prep time 30 mins to 1 hour
Cook time 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves 8
From Saturday Kitchen


  1. Lightly grease the tins and line the bases with non-stick baking parchment. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Measure the butter or margarine, sugar, eggs, flour, and baking powder into a large bowl and beat for about two minutes, until just blended; an electric mixer is best for this, but of course you can also beat by hand with a wooden spoon.

  3. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared tins and level the surface with the back of a spoon or a plastic spatula.

  4. Bake for about 25 minutes, until well risen and golden. The tops of the cakes should spring back when pressed lightly with a finger. Leave the cakes to cool in the tins for a few minutes, then run a small palette knife or blunt knife around the edge of the tins to fee the sides of the cakes. Turn the cakes out on to a wire rack, peel off the paper and leave to cool completely.

  5. Choose the cake with the best top, then put the other cake top downwards on to a serving plate. Spread with the jam, put the other cake on top (top upwards) and sprinkle with caster sugar to serve.


  • 225g/8oz butter or margarine, softened
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

For the filling and topping

  • 4 tbsp strawberry or raspberry jam
  • a little caster sugar


  • 2 loose bottomed 20cm/8in sandwich tins, 4 cm deep

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