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  • Writer's pictureLinda Jane Holmes

Mrs Bolers Finest Victoria Sponge Cake

Updated: Jan 5, 2022

A Royal Treat

Baroness Bolsover recalls enjoying this delicious Afternoon Tea treat when the simple two-layered sponge cake was named after her beloved Queen Victoria in the early 1860’s.

"We called it the Victoria Sponge Cake, Victoria Sandwich Cake or simply Victoria long as one mentioned my Queen!"

This truly traditional cake is as popular today as it's ever been and certainly one of Queen Victoria's favourites, and she did have many favourites!

I’m thrilled therefore that Mrs Boler, Baroness Bolsover’s renowned baker has shared with us her simply divine Victoria Sponge Cake recipe along with her TOP TIPS for baking success!

Mrs Bolers Victoria Cake

Cake Mixture

6oz butter

6oz sugar

6oz self-raising flour

4 eggs

1.5 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoonful of vanilla essence

Buttercream Filling

2oz butter

7oz icing sugar

Double cream as needed

Good strawberry jam, or for a more traditional taste, seedless raspberry


Soften butter and cream together with sugar

Add eggs one at a time

Then add the vanilla

Sieve in the baking powder and flour together

Mrs Bolers TIP NO. 1

"Gently fold the mixture with a metal spoon. DO NOT use a wooden spoon or mixer."

Divide into 2 greased and lined cake tins

Bake for 25-30 mins in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees (160 Fan assisted)/Gas mark 4

Keep your eye on the cakes towards the end, they need to come out of the oven when cooked but still pale. Gently press the top of the cake and if it springs back up, it’s ready.

"Don't worry if your cake goes a little brown, I've got another tip for you."

Allow cakes to cool in the pan

In the meantime, soften the butter until its almost ready to turn runny

Add icing sugar and whisk until stiff adding more icing sugar if needed then bring it to the desired consistency with splashes of double cream

Loosen the cakes by running a knife around the edges of the cake and if still stuck, use the knife to gently lever all the way around.

Place one half of the cake on a doily on a plate and spoon on the butter icing, spreading with a knife so as not to drag up the cake surface, then add a good layer of jam on top of the cream.

Press the top half gently onto the bottom half and sprinkle icing sugar lightly through a sieve.


"If your cake is too brown, add a thicker dusting of icing sugar, it will taste so delicious no one will notice its browner than the ideal!"

Alternatively, concertina fold a circle of paper and cut out shapes. Unfold the paper, put over the cake and scatter the icing sugar over it to make a pattern."


"Best eaten with a silver cake fork!"

THANK YOU Mrs Boler... now everyone can enjoy Baroness Bolsover's favourite Afternoon Tea treat.


Afternoon Tea Etiquette Talk

Join the Victorian Baroness and learn the essential Do's & Don'ts of Afternoon Tea Etiquette. A truly delicious treat at any time of day!

"Baroness Bolsover makes any Afternoon Tea a truly historical occasion!"

Baroness Bolsover’s Teas

The Baroness is thrilled to introduce her own range of utterly authentic Tea Blends which include her very own Afternoon Tea Blend, Earl Grey and her finest English Breakfast Tea.

Available from Old Bolsover Yard, Bolsover, Derbyshire

or Call: 07930 258 399


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