Cherry Victoria sponge cake with chocolate

8 Apr

Cherry sponge cake  The Hungry Mum

Happy birthday to my lovely friend Jo! I made her this easy, from scratch cherry Victoria sponge cake with chocolate for her birthday and she was thrilled!

A classic Victoria sponge is a great cake to master as it is so versatile and lends itself to dressing up when the occasion demands it. Usually I just dust a sponge cake with sifted icing sugar and that’s fine but for Jo’s birthday I thought a blanket of my old faithful chocolate ganache was in order.

This cake isn’t as delicate and air-filled as some sponges but there’s no way I could top an ordinary sponge cake with thick chocolate and cherries and not have the whole thing collapse so I think it is a winner.

I studded the ganache with dried cherries to continue the theme of the cake.

My inspiration for this recipe is the Victoria sponge in the most amazing book Naked Cakes by Lyndel Miller. Everything I have baked from this book has worked like a dream and unlike many other recipes, I never have to reduce the amount of sugar.

I would like to try this recipe with a boozy twist next time… watch this space 🙂


100g butter, diced, at room temperature

100grams caster sugar

100 grams self-raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs

50 grams whole dried cherries

Cherry sponge cake. The Hungry Mum


Spray a 20cm round baking tin with non stick spray and line the bottom with baking paper.

In bowl of electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy – this should take around four minutes.

Sift the flour and baking powder together then take turns adding it into bowl with the egg, making sure it is well-mixed after each addition

Use a silver spoon to stir through the cherries.

Scrape the mixture into the tin and bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Sit in tin for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. When completely cold top with chocolate ganache if desired:  In a small pan over low heat melt together half a cup of single / pouring cream with 125 grams dark chocolate broken into chunks. Stir together until melted and glossy then set aside to cool completely. Don’t take your eyes off it as it can burn and be ruined.

Cherry sponge cake - The Hungry Mum




12 Responses to “Cherry Victoria sponge cake with chocolate”

  1. missemzyy April 8, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

    I have no luck with sponge cakes so I must give your recipe a try!! Looks delicious!

    • The Hungry Mum April 9, 2016 at 3:06 am #

      This is much hardier than many sponge cakes I’ve made in the past. It is more of a butter cake texture, which I actually prefer. Good luck!

  2. Laura @ Feast Wisely April 8, 2016 at 11:43 pm #

    Looks delicious Hungry Mum – I love wish I had such a thoughtful friend!

  3. Kimmiz Kreations April 9, 2016 at 12:43 am #

    I live above 7,345 feet and sponge cake has always been a problem for me but I will try this one and let you know how it turned out. Thank you for the recipe. Happy Baking…

  4. Allthatcooking April 10, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    Lovely and easy as well. Perhaps Grand Marnier next time??

    • The Hungry Mum April 11, 2016 at 2:30 am #

      oooh yes! That would be a fab addition #makesNote x

  5. lost in utensils April 11, 2016 at 10:44 pm #

    Sponges are great, I’m just not so good at them! I love baking but this is never something I have been able to master. the dried cherries are a cool idea.

  6. April 12, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    I have not made a sponge cake in a long time – your version with the chocolate and cherries looks absolutely delicious. I could eat a piece with my coffee this morning 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum April 18, 2016 at 10:13 am #

      Thank you! I find a bit of chocolate enhances just about every cake 😉

  7. Antonia April 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

    What a sweet friend you are! Lovely combination and gorgeous cake 😀

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