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Chocolate Victoria Sandwich with Apricot Curd Buttercream

Layer cakes | 28th July 2011 | By

Once again, another birthday has passed me by and in the age old tradition, it was time to make cakes for work. Keen to use more of the apricot curd, I thought I’d make a Victoria Sandwich similar to the lime curd one I made a couple of months ago. With one of my colleagues being vegan, I needed to make something a bit different too and that will follow in a later post.

This is what I did:

  • Creamed 225g unsalted butter with 225g cardamom sugar until pale & fluffy.
  • Beat in 3 duck eggs one by one.
  • Sifted in 200g flour (50g wholemeal & 150g white), 25g cocoa, 1 rounded tsp baking powder and a pinch of bicarb of soda.
  • Stirred in 1 heaped tbsp home made Creme Fraiche (I usually use yogurt).
  • Spooned into two 22cm sandwich moulds and baked for 25 minutes at 180C until risen and firm to the touch.
  • Left to cool for 10 minutes then turned out onto wire racks to cool completely.
  • Stacked together with a piece of greaseproof paper between and placed a tin over the top for the night.
  • In the morning, unstacked the cakes, only to find that part of one of them had stuck to the paper – oh well holes in the top of the cake it was to be!
  • In the morning, creamed 50g of unsalted butter with 100g icing sugar until very light and fluffy.
  • Beat in 3 heaped tbsp of apricot curd.
  • Spread this over one of the cakes and put the other on top.
  • Dusted with icing sugar.
This went down a storm at work, with many commenting on how much they enjoyed the apricot curd filling and no-one commenting on the top. CT felt rather left out, but I did inform him that he does pretty well most of the time and his birthday is fast approaching.


  1. Ruth

    28th July 2011 at 8:16 am

    Apricot curd sounds delicious – and perfect for this cake! I could eat a piece (or two) now!

  2. Suelle

    28th July 2011 at 9:22 am

    This cake sounds delicious!

  3. Lucie

    28th July 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Hope you had a very Happy Birthday! Your colleagues are very lucky to have tucked into such a delicious cake! Hope you’re well – Lucie xx

  4. Chele

    28th July 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Ohhhhh, now that is one heavenly looking cake. Happy Birthday ;0)

  5. Dom at Belleau Kitchen

    28th July 2011 at 4:14 pm

    you’ve gone apricrazy!… happy birthday honey x

  6. Catherine

    28th July 2011 at 4:51 pm

    What an excellent spin on the humble Victoria sponge! I bet the apricot goes so good with the chocolate mmmmm! I feel sorry for your Vegan friend 🙁

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. freerangegirl

    28th July 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Lovely- and happy birthday to you! Wish I worked with you!

  8. Baking Addict

    28th July 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Sounds great – cant go wrong with a Victoria sponge! Can’t wait to see the vegan option. I made a victoria sponge for a colleague’s birthday yesterday.

  9. Jill@MadAboutMacarons

    29th July 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I love the combination of chocolate and can imagine how moist it must be with the apricot curd. Yum! Happy chocolatey Birthday!

  10. Choclette

    29th July 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Ruth – you and me both. The trouble with cake is that it never lasts long enough.

    Suelle – thank you.

    Lucie – It poured with rain all day here on my birthday, but we escaped to the coast where it was mostly dry, so had a lovely day thank you.

    Dom – I have, it’s a good place to be 😉 Thanks for b/day wishes – getting far too long in the tooth now!

    Catherine – you’ve hit the nail on the head, I think I do too 😉

    Chele – very kind of you to overlook the holes. Thanks for b/day wishes.

    Baking Addict – I bet yours looked a lot better than mine did.

    FreeRangeGirl – I’m a bit mean really and only take cake into work once (sometimes twice) a year. It’s a bit of a major planning project to get stuff there. Walk to the station (possibly in the rain), try and find somewhere to sit and put cakes in a crowded train, walk the other side.

    Jill – Thank you for b/day wishes and saying lovely things again. Must come and visit you and see what you’ve been up to recently.

  11. Corina

    30th July 2011 at 7:04 am

    I often find an ordinary victoria sandwich a little boring but this one looks great.

  12. Foodycat

    31st July 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Happy Birthday! Your colleagues would be mad to say anything negative about those cakes – what if you got the hump and never baked for them again?!

  13. C

    31st July 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Happy Birthday! It looks like a gorgeous cake, and the flavours sound great. I’m trying to give up worrying what my cakes look like – I tend to be more critical than my colleagues who just eat the cake!!!

  14. Choclette

    31st July 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Corina – thank you. I know what you mean and it’s never my first choice, but oddly, I find if I do have a Victoria sandwich, I always really enjoy it.

    FoodyCat – very good point 😉

    C – you’re absolutely right. It’s pure vanity really, I want things to look good – for my friends and for my blog!

  15. celia

    31st July 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Happy Birthday, Choc! What an interesting mix of flavours in your cake – cardamon sugar, duck eggs and apricot curd. It looks sublime..

    Hope your day was a happy one!

  16. Choclette

    1st August 2011 at 6:02 am

    Celia – thank you. I was a bit late in the posting so it was a few weeks ago now, but I did have a lovely day – I took the week off work which can only be a good thing 😉

  17. The Caked Crusader

    1st August 2011 at 7:20 am

    I love the idea of beating curd into buttercream – very clever!

  18. Karen S Booth

    8th August 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Now this is a great recipe for an alternative Victoria Sponge cale, and I have always liked the idea of apricots with chocolate too!

  19. Choclette

    12th August 2011 at 6:02 pm

    CC – I was pleased at just how well it worked.

    Karen – Indeed apricots and chocolate are a new found love 😉

  20. Pam

    7th February 2013 at 3:23 pm

    This sounds lovely,especially with apricots.

  21. Maya Russell

    14th March 2013 at 6:12 am

    Apricot filling with chocolate is my favourite. Lovely cake.


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