A Chocolate Victoria Sandwich is a version of the British traditional Victorian sponge sandwich, a sponge cake layered with jam and sometimes clotted cream, or whipped cream and sprinkled with powdered sugar on top.
This recipe is for a chocolate sponge cake layered with raspberry or strawberry jam and your choice of 3 different cream fillings.
You can buy real clotted cream from specialty stores (if you are not in the UK).
Or you can make a nice imposter from the recipe below.
The simplest choice is to use whipped cream, although it won't be close to a real Victoria sandwich.
If you want to impress, use the recipe or the real thing, no shortcuts.
You'll see some Victoria Sandwich recipes that call for "sandwich tins" which are the Brit equivalent of layer pans.
Follow the basic sponge cake recipe except reduce the flour by 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of cocoa.
Instead of baking in a tube pan, pour the batter into 2 layer pans and bake for 20-25 minutes at 325 degrees (F). Cool on a wire rack.
Optional: Use a cake cutter or serrated knife to level one of the layers which will be the bottom of the cake.
Choose the nicest layer as the top.
The pictured cake was made with 8 inch layers. If you use 9 inch layers, they will be thinner than this one.
Next time, I would grate dark chocolate over the top to better accentuate the chocolate since the cake is so light.
If you live where it is difficult to get real clotted cream, you can make a filling that is very close to the real thing.
Cream together 4 ounces of Mascarpone cheese, 1 cup of heavy cream, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of super fine or confectioner's sugar. Make sure these are all well chilled for best results.
Whip until you get a thick creamy texture, similar to room temperature butter or Greek yogurt.
If you want extra chocolate flavor for your Victoria Sandwich, add a tablespoon of cocoa and another tablespoon of sugar to the cream recipe.
Just before serving time, choose your best cake plate and begin layering your Victoria sandwich. First with the leveled sponge cake, followed by raspberry or strawberry jam.
It helps to stir the jam well to loosen it up. Spoon the cream over the jam generously.
Top with the second sponge layer and then sprinkle it with powdered sugar, cocoa, or grate chocolate over the top.
Make this cake the centerpiece of your tea table!