Orange and Raspberry Victoria Sponge

Amberley Parochial School Village Fete

Come with me and explore.

People at the Fete

Here are the faces. The people that make it happen. They are your friends. Family. Children. Parents. Teachers. PTA. Villagers. Parishoners. The local community.

The Village Fete Stalls

These are the activities that make the day fun. Hook a duck, tombola, Pims tent, coconut shie, wet sponge throwing, splat-the-rat, bric-a-brac, plants for sale, flower and produce show, a bouncy castle, dance routines and the school choir recital. Wow, I’m out of breathe just writing it.

Face Painting

Then there is the gorgeous girlies getting painted. Pretty clever, huh?

Headmaster getting sponged

Everyone gets a turn at sponging the headmaster. Go on! You know you want to.

These are just some of the things that make this fete so special.

But let us not forget the food and produce….

Local Homemade Produce

Local home-made jam, curd and presse by Sarah Hardaker and Camilla Lury.


These flowers are hand picked from someone’s garden. They won first prize.

And did I mention the cakes?

Vanilla cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes by Karen Kitt.

Lavender Cupcakes

Lavender Cupcakes by Camilla Lury.

Marshmallow Cupcakes

Marshmallow Cupcakes by Penny Loe.

That’s a lot of cupcakes right? Well there were other things.

Millionaire's Shortbread

Millionaire’s Shortbread by Catherine Whitcombe. Everyone loves these.

Table of cakes

In fact, it’s safe to say there were plates and plates and plates of cakes.

Okay one more:

Blueberry cream cheese cupcakes

Blueberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes by Camilla Lury. (This is a baking blog after all.)

Tea Rooms

Each one served with a cuppa in the village tea rooms (on a normal day it’s known as the parish rooms).

So where’s the Orange and Raspberry Victoria Sponge you are wondering?

Well I’m getting to that.

Orange and Raspberry Victoria Sponge

Orange and Raspberry Victoria Sponge


For the sponge:
225g butter
225g caster sugar
4 free range eggs
200g self raising flour
25g corn flour
3 tbsp of milk
Zest of a large orange

For the jam:
250g raspberries
Splash of orange juice
1-3 tbsp caster sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)

For the icing:
250g butter, softened
250g icing sugar
Juice of ½ an orange
Zest of a large orange

Turn the oven on to 180ºC. Grease 2 x 8in Victoria sandwich tins. Line the bottom of both tins with greaseproof paper and then lightly flour them.

Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time making sure you mix well after each one.

Combine the flour and cornflour and add to the mixture. Mix well and then add the milk and orange zest.

Split the mixture evenly between the two cake tins and then bake in the oven for around 25 – 30 minutes until they are golden brown and feel slightly springy on top.

While they are baking make the jam and icing.

For the jam put the raspberries, orange juice and caster sugar into a small pan. Heat gently until it has reduced to a jammy consistency. Remove jam into small bowl and put in to fridge to cool down.

For the icing mix the softened butter with the sieved icing sugar, juice of ½ an orange and the zest of a whole orange until it is smooth and creamy.

When both the cakes and jam are cool, spread some icing on to the top of one sponge, then some jam, then sandwich them together and spread the remaining buttercream over the top. Zest over a little more orange to serve.

Orange and Raspberry Victoria Sponge 2

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  5. I can feel the sun, taste the cakes, marvel at the painted faces. Oh! Why am I not in England.


  6. Fab pics! You have to show me how you do that….it looks great. And I have no doubt that your cake was gorgeous 🙂


  7. yummy cake, i know this because i helped the judge eat it!! you neglected to mesntion that you won first prize for best cake. lovely post it really captures the spirit of the day.


  8. Gorgeous photos have me grinning from ear to ear! I love a traditional English Summer Fete and this one looks like a corker! So glad the sun shined for you!


  9. Heather
    The photo’s look absolutely fabulous. The children all enjoyed the day and that was the whole purpose of the event.
    I have tasted Camilla’s Lavender cup cakes and they taste as good as they look.

    Well done.


  10. What a fabulous celebration. You collected a wonderful array of photographs. I felt like I was there with you. Your sponge cake is beautiful and I’m sure enjoyed by some special someone.
    Thanks for baking along with me.

    I love making new friends, from the looks of this celebration, so do you :”)


  11. Oh I have always had a problem with school fetes because as head I was in the middle of it but this post has made me see things from the other side! Love the pictures & as for the cakes – well….!


  12. Your photos make it look all so calm and serene! Brilliant memories. We need these photos on our school website.


  13. I remember attending a school fete or two. Looks like you all outdid yourselves and the sun shined. Love Eve’s painted face.


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