Chocolate Victoria Sponge Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Filling

Victoria sponge cake is a bit old-fashioned and not everyone wants to make them any more. The taste of a homemade sponge cake is totally different from anything else bought in a shop and it is not that difficult to make. It’s just like a giant cup cake. I hate that word ‘cup’ cake.

I can remember one Christmas our cooker blew up taking my mother’s eyelashes, eyebrows and a good chunk of her hair. Her only crime was to open the oven door. The gas board got the blame and I can remember coming home from school to find two ladies from the gas board in our kitchen making Victoria sponges. Apparently this was the tried and tested scientific method to see how the gas was performing in the cooker.
Ingredients :

  • 6 oz/175g unsalted butter
  • 6 oz/175g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs large beaten
  • 5 oz/150g self raising flour
  • 1 oz/25g cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs warm water (optional)


  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 oz/100g softened butter
  • 4oz/100g icing sugar
  • Icing sugar to dust or split the buttercream and put half between sponges and the other half on top.

Instructions :

  1. Turn oven to Gas mark 4/180C/350F.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until it is light in colour then mix in the eggs a little at a time – putting too much in will make the mixture curdle. If this happens add a tablespoon of the weighed out flour and keep mixing until it blends to a smooth consistency.
  3. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl with the butter and sugar and fold it in. If the mixture is slightly heavy add the water. I mostly add the water but this time the eggs might have been a little larger so I didn’t add it.
  4. Now divide the mixture between two 8-inch sandwich tins.Level with a knife and put both tins in the middle of the oven for about 20 minutes. In my gas oven I leave them for just over 25 minutes. All cookers cook differently so you need to check. I know when they are ready because when I gently push the top with my finger the sponge bounces back. Another sign is the sponge is slightly coming away from the sides of the tin.
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