This teatime treat is named after Queen Victoria herself! She often would feel hungry in the late afternoon, so would ask her ladies in waiting to sneak her sweet treats along with her tea. Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, was one of Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting for over ten years and invented the cake as one of the Queen’s afternoon treats.
There are several methods of how to cook a Victoria sponge and although it is a simple recipe, it’s extremely sensitive to cooking times. The basic cake mixture can also be made into several other forms such as cupcakes, chocolate cakes, Eve’s pudding’s and many others. Our favourite version is of course filled with lashing of Duerr’s jam and cream and served with a hot cup of tea.
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