Victoria Sandwich – The Great British Bake Off Technical Challenge Recipe

This is the extremely short version of the Victoria Sandwich recipe that the bakers actually had to follow in the very first episode of the Great British Bake Off. If you’re looking for the full recipe, go check out the Mary Berry’s Victoria Sandwich recipe here.

Victoria Sandwich (or Victoria Sponge Cake) is one of the classics when it comes to baking. If it’s not popular in your country – which is understandable, we all have our own “classics” – it should at least be in your Baking Bucket List. In the UK, it is believed to have been one of Queen Victoria’s favourite cakes. Therefore, it’s not surprising that it was included in the Great British Bake Off as the first Technical Challenge recipe. Also, maybe it’s a spoiler, but it won’t be the last time as well – so, remember what you learn here, people!

Some More Insights to the Challenge

I was fully prepared that I have to figure out my own version of the challenge. However, luckily the recipe was actually fully shown on camera! So the recipe below is mostly the real challenge that the bakers had in the show. I did add the assembly part to kind of finish it off.

For some reason, the total that time the bakers had for baking was not mentioned. However, from the tiny bits of information that I got by watching the episode, I believe that the bakers had 40 minutes in total. Also, this time the bakers had to make the sponge only – they didn’t have to make the jam they used (or buttercream that’s sometimes also used) and were not judged on that. As a result, the jam would need to be bought or made in advance for this challenge.

Finally, don’t forget to share some pictures of your end result with me afterwards. To see how I succeeded (or failed), go check out my attempt here. For the list of all Technical Challenge recipes I’ve added so far, go see this post here.

P.S. I haven’t added any pictures of the expected result for these challenge posts on purpose. It will be a lot more fun if someone finds the challenge and doesn’t know what the end result has to look like! I realise that you probably already know, though, if you searched for it on Google…


You’ll need:

  • Two round tins, 20 cm in diameter.
  • A bowl for the batter
  • A mixer (optional!)

Before starting…

  1. If you want it homemade, make the raspberry jam and let it cool. You can also buy some good quality raspberry or strawberry jam instead.
  2. Weigh all the ingredients.
  3. Set the timer to 40 minutes.

On your marks, get set… BAKE!

The Great British Bake Off logo


Yield: 12
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This is the extremely short version of the recipe that the bakers actually had to follow in the very first Technical Challenge in the Season 1 of the Great British Bake Off. 


  • 4 eggs
  • 225g butter or stork, at room temperature
  • 225g caster sugar, plus a little extra for dusting the finished cake
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 level teaspoons baking powder
  • 450g raspberry jam


    1. None - good luck!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 461mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 4g

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