Rose Tea Cottage

Where tea is served at half past four




Aunt Millie's Victoria Sandwich Cake Recipe
A British Recipe with A French Twist
Happy Baking My Darlings


For the Cakes
225g / 8oz self-raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
225g / 8oz caster sugar
225g / 8oz softened butter
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1½ teaspoon ground cardamom
6 tablespoon of double cream
4 tablespoon of Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur

For the Filling
8 tablespoons of strawberry jam (preferably homemade)
4 teaspoons of Framboise Raspberry Liqueur mixed into the jam
300ml / 10½ oz double cream, lightly whipped

For best results, start with room-temperature ingredients
Heat oven to 180C / 350F /Gas 4
Butter two 20cm/7 inch tins, line with non-stick baking and set aside
In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, cardamom, salt and set aside
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy, using an electric whisk or a wooden spoon. Beat well to get lots of air into the mixture, this should take about 5 minutes
Beat in the eggs one at a time
Add the double cream and Grand Marnier at this point
Add the vanilla and mix well
Fold in the flour mixture. Be careful not to over-mix
Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared tins and level the surface with the back of a spoon or a plastic spatula.
Place in the oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when pressed gently with a finger and are pale golden in colour
Leave the cakes to cool in the tins for 10 minutes
Turn the cakes out on to a wire rack, peel off the paper and leave to cool completely
Spread the sponge with the jam and the whipped cream, then carefully sandwich together
Dust with icing sugar and serve


86 comments:

R Montalban said...

Oh, it sounds and looks so yummy, pretty soul food.

PurestGreen said...

Just in time! I have to make a birthday cake tomorrow night and have been fretting about what to bake. This looks like it may just be the most perfect cake in the universe.
Ta ever so much.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Dear Duchess,
This sounds and looks divine! Will have to try it for sure; thank you.

Blessings and hugs,
Sandi

Karen Sullivan said...

Dear Duchess sounds heavenly, I will certainly try it next time my friends and I get together for afternoon tea.

Karen

Bernideen said...

I am printing this out right now- thank you- lovely!

Debbie said...

Yummo!~ Thank you Duchess....it is so nice to see you. I must have missed your posts, as I have been so busy outdoors. Hope all is well. Debbie

Dragonfly said...

Mmmmm - just what I feel like right now!!! :-)

Jolie Rosie said...

Precious Duchess so glad to see a post from you. This sounds like something Mr. Jolie would love, thanks for sharing it with us. I hope and pray that your friend is on her way to complete recovery.
Rosie

Heather Jensen said...

That looks amazing! Thank you for asking about my mom. She has started her chemo and radiation this week and so far so good. Thank god! How is your best friend? Does she have to start treatment soon too?

Hugs,
Heather

Cassandra said...

Duchess ~ What a yummy and beautiful posting! That
beautiful teacup ~ just perfect! Cassandra ♥

Deanna said...

Dear Duchess, Wonderful post!
Your photos are always so pleasant and enjoyable to view. My time here is uplifting!!!

I will be praying for your dear friend and also for you. Healing for her and strength for you as you go through this time. May God comfort you both and give you His peace.

d

Elyse said...

greetings, duchess!

your photos in this post are just extraordinary (and quite yummy, too).

xo
elyse

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is a beautiful and yummy cake!It looks heavenly. I love the individual size bites.
Yvonne

Jules said...

I want some right now....

zurin said...

The first cake I made when I was 12 was a victoria sandwich..it brings back memories...my first bake. your looks very beautiful set out like that...totally English and charming :)) Happy day Duchess :)

koralee said...

Thank you so much for sharing ....this looks amazing! I must make it soon and will let you know how it turns out..hope as good as yours. xoxoxo

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Dear Duchess, I am so happy to hear form you. I have been thinking about you and your friend so much! I think that our lives have suddenly started down similar paths.
My Mom is living with us because she has cancer, but there are no longer any treatments or surgeries available for her. She is now in Hospice. Then this week I found out that another Very Precious person in my life also has cancer. I don't feel free to share who right now, but she is so important to me! These wonderful women! My heart is aching, as I know yours is too!
We will just have to pray for each other and for these women that we love so dearly.
You are in my thoughts and prayers,
Joyce

Susan said...

Looks simply yummy!
How is Lady R, dear Duchess?
Keeping you both in prayer.
Blessings!

Cornflake said...

Duchess, thank you so much for stopping by, it means so much to me especially given you have so much on your plate right now.

Hope there is sunshine in your world!

xx

p.s. that Fergie is a naughty one!!

Maria said...

The Grand Marnier ... trying to imagine it all right now ~
This cake looks luscious ~ These carefully crafted recipes turn out such incredible masterpieces!
And yours does look divine!
Hope you are well, sending heartfelt wishes your way ~ Maria

Heavenly Housewife said...

Ah, I just adore cardamom, what a cool addition. Victoria sponge is on of my all time favourite cakes. I've got to try my hand at making one.
Lots of love
HH

Barbara said...

This cake is gorgeus, welcome back Duchess, I hope everything is going fine. A huge hug :)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

This surely = Happy Baking. Are these lovelies straight from heaven, darling Duchess?
Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday. xx

Flaviana said...

Dear Duchess
those cakes looks ,and am sure are, scrumptious!
Your posts are a delight, always!
I hope all is fine , you are in my heart ..
xxFlaviana

Rose said...

I hope all is well Duchess.
This cake looks amazing! and beautiful photos as always.

Rose

Paulina said...

Good morning, dear Duchess, I can feel the pounds piling on as I look at this delicious cake...yummy :o) Thanks for sharing.

Have a blessed day.

ZAIRA said...

Mmmmm, I like to try new recipes. I will try this one for sure xoxo

Strandkullen said...

It´s looks very nice! I have to try that cake someday! Thank you! I hope you are feeling better about everything...hugs semlan

Jacque said...

What a lovely recipe! Thank you for sharing it with us! I must make this for my next tea party!!

La Petite Gallery said...

That recipe is wonderful;;


yvonne

sittingohsopretty said...

Ooohhhh sounds divine!!! You have just reminded me that I haven't baked a cake in ages. Now where is my apron! Have a great weekxxx

Florence and Mary said...

Now doesn't that sound a perfect treat for over the Bank Holiday weekend!

Victoria xx

Madeline's Album said...

What a wonderful recipe. They look heavenly and I know they are delicious. have a great and blessed day. Madeline

Kittie Howard said...

I was so happy when your blog popped up then felt a tinge of sadness (hard to explain that). Hope all is well with your friend. But my intuition says everyone has been through much. Prayers and hugs!

(Lovely photos and recipe...printed for another day, slimming now, groan.)

Kittie Howard said...

I was so happy to see your blog pop up, then felt a bit uncertain about your dear friend. I hope all's well but my intuition says you and your 'family' have been through much. I feel for all!! Prayers and hugs!

(Many thanks for beautiful photos and a yummy recipe I printed for later, presently slimming, groan.) This comment may show twice, don't know what happened.

Pixie Drive-In said...

This looks so lovely. I can't wait for a spare moment to try my hand at making it!

Lucie said...

A totally delicious post Duchess! I must make these, they look totally divine. With love, Lucie x

Preeti Kashyap said...

I love the cutlary set..yummy food!

Rizzi said...

MY DEAR DUCHESS,
HOW NICE OF YOU TO TAKE TIME OUT, AND STOP BY TO SAY "HELLO"
IT WAS SO GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU, I MISS YOU VERY MUCH MY FRIEND. I PRAY FOR YOUR FRIEND, AND ALSO SLIP IN A PRAYER FOR YOU AND YOUR DAD. I LOVE YOUR BLOG, IT IS SO DELICIOUS, MUST TRY THOSE CAKES. TAKE CARE MY DUCHESS, AND I DO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH.
GOD BLESS, LADY RIZZI

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Beautiful and delicious all rolled into one. xo Lidy

FEDERICA said...

Oh wow, looks sooo yummy!
Federica
xoxo

Catherine said...

Sounds delish! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

I have a little award waiting for you on my blog!

Hope you are having a lovely week!

xo

Creative Carmelina said...

Hello...

this is beautiful..both the rec. and the presentation of it!

i don't think any cook book could have done it quite so elegantly!....

but then, this is you we're talking about so it's really not a shocker!

you are so beautiful!
thanks!
ciao bella!
creative carmelina

Kissed by an Angel said...

These cakes look fabulous!!! Soooo scrummy!! Thank you!!
xxxx

Beatnheart said...

Oh man does this bring me back to my days in England and the wonderful desserts you all have there...the cream , yum ten times over...These cakes were good even when they came in a box at Sainsburys....Glad to see you are back ...missed you...Warm Regards, Cynthia

Poppies and Sunshine said...

This looks scrumptious, Duchess! Thank your for sharing. Perfect for tea time! I think I just might make these and take them to my grandma.

Ingrid DeVilliers said...

Dear Duchess

I hope you feel better this week and get some decent sleep....

That British cake with the French twist looks divine! Oh my goodness...what i would give to taste one of those with my tea right now!
Ixx

Melly said...

It looks scrumptious!! I'd love to come to one of your tea parties, would be heavenly!
Hugs
Melly:)

Beach Vintage said...

I think I could eat the filling on it's own dear Duchess. Is that bad manners?

Bella said...

Oh, how divine! How kind you are to share this with us.

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh this looks delish darling. Thank you for sharing it with us.

take care,
xoxo

sunshine said...

Oooooo! Those look SO yummy!
I am hosting a "Tea Party" of my daughter and her friends (they are 8 years old) .. probably in July and perhaps her and I could try to make these.

((hugs))
Laura

Maggi said...

Oh my goodness, these look amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

Handmade in Gibraltar said...

Thankyou for the lovely recipe, looks lovely xx

Betsy said...

My goodness, I can almost taste the cake. Thank you for the recipe and beautiful pictures.
Betsy

Marilyn said...

Yummmm! That looks so good.

Brenda Leyland said...

I LOVE it when you share those marvellous recipes. Another one to enjoy!

cilla said...

oh Duchess this recipe sounds soo yummy ,i hope you are doing ok love.i have been praying for you and your dear friend.Always know im here for u stop by soon love cilla

Ines said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmm- my Love- the little cakes are looking wonderful!
I love the flowers and in the little silver vase! And the fine cup of tea... I imagine, how it smells :-)
Many hugs, my dear- Love, Ines

Muneeba said...

Delightful! Delicate & tempting ... kudos to u, Duchess :)

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Sending you sweet thoughts and wishing you a lovely weekend! Blessings dear.

BALLET NEWS said...

Darling Duchess you are too kind to think of us right now. You take care and have a lovely weekend

Serena said...

Thanks for for the recipe. The cakes look delicious and so beautifully photographed, as always.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Serena

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Dearest Duchess,
Thank you so much for this yummy-looking cake recipe!

Keeping you and your loved ones in my thoughts.

xo,

Betty

Marnie said...

Hello Duchess,
This cake looks sooo yummy!! I can't wait to make it.
I have enjoyed reading your Blog, Blessings as you continue and I will pray for your friend.

Faithfully
Marnie

sarah-jane down the lane said...

You see, I come home craving a little Englishness and what do I discover? Like a trooper you are busy publishing treasured family victoria sponge recipes, life is good...... just thinking of a slice with a nice drop of tea as my Granny would say, hmm I am restored!

Hppy weekend to all at Rose Tea Cottage,

Love Sarah x

Carolyn said...

I love the so very British feeling displaued on your blog... as I'm a true Brit living in Holland.. it will be lovely to read your stories...thank you!

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

DEAR DUCHESS .WHAT A DARLING POST SO YUMY CAN WE SHARE SOME TEA AND CAKE.LAS NIGTH I HAVE ENYOY THE DVD...THE YOUNG VICTORIA AND YOU CAME TO MY TOUGTHS,ALL THE PALACES GARDENS AND TEA YUST ,BEAUTIFULLLL..BLESSINGA..SANDRA

shabbydreaming said...

YUMMY!!!! thanks for the lovely recipe's!! the pictures are just stunning!!

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

Dear Duchess,

This recipe looks so delicious! I am always dazzled by your mouth-watering treats....

Darling, I hope you are doing ok and I want you to know that you have been so much in my thoughts and prayers lately. Please be strong, as I know that you will. You are an amazing lady.

xoxo
Rachel

Linda said...

Your blog is wonderful!! Have you ever had high tea at Blenheim Palace? I love cream teas and tying out new teas!
I live in Oxford near to the Cotswolds-beautiful place!!
Drop by my blog and visit me!

maría cecilia said...

Darling Duchess, hope your friend Lady R. is recovering and may there be a Miracle in her... she is in my daily prayers from now on.
Many hugs to you,
Maria Cecilia

Mimi said...

Hi to my dear darling duchess,
that recipe sounds divine!!!!I would love to give it a shot one day!!!!
I will love baking and cooking with my darling little Miss Camdyn one day, and soon I hope.
How is your week going?????
I see that Sarah Ferguson is going to sit on Oprah's coach this week, she is in Chicago I bet now, although it airs on Tuesday, so she is probably already back in the UK
I do adore her and I feel so sorry for her to feel so desperate to do such a thing. I hope and Pray She is truly sorry and that her family forgives her.
hugs,
jamie

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Hello,my dear soulmate,beautiful Duchess!!!-)*
I am SOoooo happy to see you here again,sweetheart:-)))*
You photos of this cake is SO dellicious and I know it that this cake have a realy grate taste...

My Love and many sweet hugs for you,darling:-)))*
***Violetta***

Beth said...

What a lovely teaset and the cakes are gorgeous! Duchess, I'm thinking of you and your friend. Glad once again to visit and let's take tea tomorrow promptly at 4:30 pm.

YSLGuy said...

Looks and sounds amazingly delicious!!

Bob West said...

Truly amazing. I hope you get as much out of my blog as I've gotten out of yours. Very insightful!
I am now a follower.
God Bless, Bob
http://westbob.blogspot.com/2010/05/god-vs-science.html

ethelmaepotter! said...

Why, oh WHY did I not see this yesterday, BEFORE I started my diet?!

Saving it for 50 pounds from now.

Your page is so incredibly beautiful. I have to look at every picture each time I visit!

Casa Bella said...

How lovely, Duchess. I imagine the cardamon must give these divine cakes a wonderful flavor. I will be trying them soon.
Sending you a hug, my darling.

La Petite Gallery said...

YUMMMMMY!!!!

Yvonne

Sue Jack Designs said...

Duchess, my heart is still heavy for your friend, her family and you. You are all in my prayers...

I told you I had something small to share with you and you so kindly sent me your address. It's only a fun blog thing and will wait.

Godspeed....

Sue

Marie-Ange said...

S'émouvoir devant la Beauté et la Douceur des choses de la Vie ...
Merci ...
Belle journée.
Marie-Ange

Time Traveling in Costume said...

I've been wanting to make Victoria sponge ever since I had some fresh from the oven, and the smell was just heavenly. I'm definitely going to try your recipe.
Val

kimberlyshaw said...

What a fabulous recipe! I'll try serve it at my next tea. Thanks for sharing it!

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BETTINA CARACOCH said...

hello,very nice como estas,pasaba para desearte buen año, espero que te encuentres bien,hermoso como nos tenes acostumbrados,con tu blog. divinas todas las fotofrafias. Un beso grande Bettina.

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