The Perfect Victoria Sponge Recipe

The Perfect Victoria Sponge Recipe with The Dabbling Duck


If, like me, you’ve been glued to your screens this Bake Off season and are now slightly bereft that your Tuesday night viewing has a gaping chasm of emptiness, fear not, as we’ve teamed up with our local Surrey Hills favourite cafe, The Dabbling Duck in Shere, to bring you their perfect Victoria sponge recipe.


Victoria Sponge Recipe – to make 2 x 8-inch cake tins

Here’s what you need…

  • 600g softened, UNSALTED butter
  • 600g castor sugar
  • 600g sieved self-raising flour
  • 600g eggs
  • 1 x tsp salt
  • 1 x tsp vanilla essence

Filling – for the middle only

  • 250g softened unsalted butter
  • 250g sieved icing sugar
  • 80g good quality strawberry jam (at least 55% fruit)

Filling – for middle, top and sides

  • 500g softened unsalted butter
  • 500g sieved icing sugar
  • 80g good quality strawberry jam (at least 55% fruit)





  • We use the old-fashioned method to make the sponges. Beat the butter and sugar together for at least 5 minutes, before gradually adding the eggs. Then gently fold in the sieved flour with a metal spoon.

Do NOT use the ‘all in one’ method of mixing everything all together as the mixture will not be adequately aerated

  • Only use unsalted butter for baking (preferably a brand with a low oil content) You can then control the amount of salt you add
  • Always weigh your eggs. Do not go by the number used. Eggs vary greatly in size
  • We bake our sponges at the lower temperature of 150 degrees centigrade, but for longer – 50mins
  • Beat the unsalted butter and icing sugar together for the filling for several minutes so it resembles cream



Exterior Appearance

  • Both sponges are the same size – height and weight
  • Flat top – neither sunken nor domed
  • Good smooth edging
  • Golden brown colour

Interior Appearance

  • Light pale yellow colour
  • Light texture
  • No air bubbles


  • Even quantity of jam/buttercream
  • Light and fluffy buttercream


  • Light and airy – not heavy

victoria sponge recipe-notesfromastylistHead chef Dave Cox’s showstopping take on a Victoria Sponge

The Dabbling Duck… there’s more…


If you’re looking for more cake inspo, the perfect place to start your quest is to pop into The Dabbling Duck in picturesque Shere. Nestled in the heart of the Surrey Hills, this award-winning cafe is jam-packed (sorry… couldn’t resist) daily with locals and tourists alike sampling the amazing selection of goodies on offer.


Cakes are their weekend and afternoon show-stoppers, but you’d be hard-pressed to find something delicious for every foodie palette in this charming cafe with big plans afoot. They also run some amazing seasonal supper clubs which are a wonderful way to scope out their ever-expanding repertoire.  Whilst their classic afternoon teas are also a treat to try.


You can find The Dabbling Duck at Middle St, Shere, Guildford GU5 9HF, UK  –  Tel: 01483 205791

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