Every now and then you are reminded of why the classics are what they are . Victoria Sponge Cake is one of those recipes . So named after Queen Victoria , who was partial to the sponge cake with her afternoon tea . This simple recipe is not just for royalty , it pairs very well with afternoon tea to be had on a laid back Saturday afternoon . This batter based sponge recipe is easy to make and very similar to the pound cake recipes . Serve it plain with a dusting of sugar , make a sandwich with jam or as I have done here dress up with berries and whip cream for a special occasion .