Victoria Sponge Cake With Cream Cheese for #SundaySupper

Jan 20, 2013 by

Welcome to another #SundaySupper! This Week’s theme is all about “Retro Recipes.”  You know, those food memories that immediately take us back in time.  There are some recipes that are tried and true. Some of them we wouldn’t think of making any changes, because it would become something totally different. And then there are some with room for flexibility and adventure. I love a little bit of both in my kitchen. These are the recipes that remind us of our childhood, our grandparents, our parents, or foods that were the norm during a certain era.

Most of the things that I make are either fairly new to me or remind me of home. Until I was about 11 years old, I lived in London, England. I don’t have too many memories of life there but I do recall some of the funny foods that I would eat at school or visiting my british friends or neighbours. When in London, eat what the Londoners eat! Toad In The Hole, Bangers & Mash, Crumpets, and how can I ever forget Fish & Chips. Whenever I had extra spending money, I would stop and buy myself some “chips” wrapped in newspaper, sprinkled with salt and vinegar. I remember how awesome it was to eat it as I walked home from school. These are what I think of when I think of retro. I don’t know of any Brit that didn’t have fish fingers with ketchup as part of their weekly meals. I know exactly where my tea drinking habit began! My Mom and I always enjoy a cup of tea before bed, even now. That’s the one thing I’m never without. It’s always a good time for a cuppa.

In Jamaica there are some recipes that have certainly stood the test of time! Grater Cake, Coconut Drops, Jerk Chicken, Oxtail, Curried Goat, Cornmeal Pudding, Black Cake (also known as Christmas Pudding), Sorrel, Blue Drawers, Stew Peas…the list goes on. But today, I’m going to share with you a recipe that I came across last year around the time of The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. It’s called Victoria Sponge Cake and it is a British classic.


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Victoria Sponge Cake With Cream Cheese for #SundaySupper


  • 1 Stick + 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Eggs at room temperature
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Seedless Raspberry Jam
  • Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 1 X 8oz Package Light Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 Cup Confectioners Sugar
  • 3 Tsp Cream or Milk
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grease 2 cake pans (I used 9 inch but this recipe needed 8 inch pans)
  3. In a medium bowl, add flour, salt and baking powder
  4. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter until fluffy
  5. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well in between each addition
  6. Add vanilla and mix until fully incorporated
  7. Gently fold in the flour until combined and smooth
  8. Divide batter evenly between pans and level off the batter with an offset spatula
  9. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Do a toothpick test to ensure cake is cooked through
  10. Allow to cool in pans for about 10 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely
  11. For the filling, mix the cream cheese, confectioners sugar, cream and vanilla until silky and light
  12. Transfer one of the cakes into your serving platter. Spread the cream cheese evenly to cover most of the surface using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon
  13. Spread the raspberry jam on top of the cream cheese as close to the edge as you would like
  14. Place the second cake on top to complete the "sandwich". Sprinkle with sifted confectioners sugar
  15. Serve and enjoy!

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The first time I made this cake, it was a bit lop-sided so I was happy to try it again. This time around, it came out much better but I think I will do it again to see how else I can get my cake to be lighter and fluffier. There are so many variations of this recipe available. The recipe that I used came from a book called Illustrated Step By Step Baking.I opted to use something different from the suggested butter cream filling. I wanted to changed things up just a little bit so I used a simple cream cheese filling instead. I need to get smaller cake pans. My smallest is 9 inches and I needed 8 inch pans. I think I need to go shopping, don’t you agree?


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  1. Lyn you are killing me with your Victoria cake on the other side of the world. The recipe looks so easy too!

    I didn’t know you grew up in London. Girl you have seen the world already! 😉

  2. Wow! This cake looks amazing! I love it all!! I want some,and Now!!!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted..Pineapple Square Bars #SundaySupperMy Profile

  3. Retro…and beautifully classic. Such a lovely sponge!
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..Irish Cheddar-Whiskey Fondue {#SundaySupper}My Profile

  4. Yes, I may need to make this a few times too. 😉
    Jen @ Juanita’s Cocina recently posted..Frozen Pineapple Upside-Down Cake ~ Retro Recipes #SundaySupper!My Profile

  5. Such a retro cake, I love it! I´ve always been intrigued by it and this one looks fantastic!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Chicken Maryland with Corn Red Pepper Pudding and Fried Bananas #SundaySupperMy Profile

  6. Liz

    What a gorgeous dessert, Lyn! And this is one that my whole family would love! Time to add it to my baking list :)
    Liz recently posted..Individual Baked Alaskas…#SundaySupper, #RetroRecipesMy Profile

  7. I love this! Very much a no-frosting type of cake person so this looks right up my alley.
    BusyWorkingMama recently posted..Weekend Fun at HomeMy Profile

  8. You had me at “cream cheese” – I love a cake with cream cheese filling/frosting. Your cake looks amazing!!!
    Katie recently posted..She Devils: Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  9. Between cream cheese filling and lemon curd, I don’t know which I like better for sponge cake!
    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Toast Topper #16: Grandma’s Mock Apricot Jam (Retro #SundaySupper)My Profile

  10. Sponge cake is perfectly retro – looks gorgeous!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts recently posted..Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Balsamic #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. This cake looks like perfection! I bet it tastes amazing.

  12. Bless you, Lyn, for sharing a lovely British cake using American measuring terms and oven temp. It saves me that time of gram weighing on my food scale and I’m always a bit hesitant about converting from Celsius to Farenheit. Anyway, lovely cake. And loved your story about your London days….From one tea drinker to another: Cheers!

  13. Mmmmmm…I am seriously wanting to go to my kitchen to look for some cake now. Your photos are gorgeous, and the cake looks AMAZING!
    Conni Smith @FoodieArmyWife recently posted..Corn Casserole | It’s a Culinary Trip down Memory Lane for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. What a beauty! Everything about this cake looks delicious.

  15. I love Victoria Sponge cake too. And our house couldn’t function without our cuppa, in fact just thinking about it now I need to tell me husband to switch the kettle on. Thanks for sharing such a classic recipe.
    Laura Hunter | Small Wallet Big Appetite recently posted..Mushroom Stroganoff #SundaySupperMy Profile

  16. Awww I wish I grew up in London, too. Must be lovely there. Your cake still looks beautiful to me, love the classic looking and I bet it tastes wonderful, too.
    Linda | The Urban Mrs recently posted..#SundaySupper: Something Baked, Something Retro – Chicken KievMy Profile

  17. When I started reading this post, the 1st recipe that came to my mind was Pineapple Upside Down cake! I made that so much when I was in high school!! This one looks great as well Lyn, and as usual, the pictures are awesome! Another recipe added to my list … when will I ever get through them all??
    Nioka (@NiokaLH) recently posted..RefocusMy Profile

  18. I hope you saved a slice for me, because that looks AMAZING.
    Donna recently posted..A #SundaySupper Inspired by Tuna Noodle CasseroleMy Profile

  19. This looks beautiful, I’ll sure give the recipe a try. I love how you presented this cake, so simple yet so tempting :)
    Muna Kenny recently posted..Date Scones and a GiveawayMy Profile

  20. Beautiful cake! And I’m a big cream cheese frosting fan too. Wishing I could take a slice right out of the screen.
    Renee recently posted..Walnut Olive Oil CakeMy Profile

  21. Mmm, this looks classic and wonderful!
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips recently posted..Romaine “Wedge” Salad with Hot Maple Bacon Dressing for #SundaySupper Retro RecipesMy Profile

  22. Yes, I will always support your need to buy new kitchen/baking equipment! I need to get bigger cake pans (the only ones I have are 8 inches) so let’s go shopping together 😉 This cake looks delicious, especially with that luscious cream cheese filling. I love that last aerial photo of the slice of cake – gorgeous shot, Lyn!
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked recently posted..Boston Cream Pie for a Retro Rad #SundaySupperMy Profile

  23. Oh Lyn, I just love this!! I’ve got to find a way to fit this into my diet!! It’s exactly the kind of dessert I love best.
    The Wimpy Vegetarian recently posted..Celery Root – Apple Soup with Leek Confit and GorgonzolaMy Profile

  24. I made a cake simular to this last February for an afternoon tea, and I loved it. Yours looks wonderful. Thanks for reminding me of this cake…I’ll have to make it again!
    Linda@There and Back Again recently posted..Brownie Cookies in the Friday Cookie JarMy Profile

  25. Genius – would NEVER have thought of layering a sponge cake with cream cheese but I bet it tastes amazing.
    The Hungry Mum recently posted..Lemony cupcakes with crushed raspberry icingMy Profile


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