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Hot Chocolate Victoria Sandwich + Apricot Jam & Cream

Hot Chocolate Victoria Sandwich with Vanilla Apricot Jam and Cream.

A not quite classic Victoria sponge cake. but a most delicious one. This hot chocolate Victoria sandwich is made with drinking chocolate, so it’s lightly chocolatey, but not dominant. It’s filled with vanilla apricot jam and whipped cream.

Whilst leafing through How to be a Domestic Goddess the other night, I spotted Nigella’s treatise on Victoria sponges. As it happened, she didn’t have a chocolate one, but I was inspired by her to create my own for the Cornwall Clandestine Cake Club (CCC). The theme was afternoon tea, so what could be more appropriate than a Victoria sandwich?

Hot Chocolate Victoria Sandwich

I was also inspired by Karen’s drinking chocolate cake over at Lavender and Lovage. So I decided to use a drinking chocolate mix rather than cocoa. My hot chocolate Victoria sandwich was thus born. As I was planning on using the vanilla apricot jam I made before Christmas, I wanted the chocolate to take a lighter note and not be the dominant flavour. I reckoned this would allow the apricot and vanilla flavours to shine through.

It all turned out exactly as I was hoping. Except for a minor disaster during the baking process.

Hot Chocolate Victoria Sandwich Sponge Cake.

One of my cakes broke up a little when I turned it out. How very annoying. This is a rare occurrence for me as I use silicone moulds to bake my cakes in. I’m always taken aback when it happens and not best pleased. Luckily, I managed to rescue it by gluing most of it back together with the jam and using it as the bottom layer.

My goodness that vanilla apricot jam was good. The cake wasn’t bad either. Others thought so too and demonstrated their appreciation by coming up for seconds. No mean feat with the vast array of cakes available.

Afternoon Tea at Lanhydrock

Our CCC event took place at Lanhydrock. Lanhydrock is a vast and beautiful National Trust estate and it’s just up the road from us – in Cornwall terms anyway. We held our meeting in one of the offices away from the main house, a pleasant corner of the estate I’d not seen before. We were in the converted stables, recently revamped, and they made an excellent location for our gathering.

Afternoon Tea with Sue Bamford

The cakes were many, splendid and varied. To top it all we had an informative and entertaining talk by Sue Bamford on the surprisingly dramatic history of afternoon tea. Who knew that a married woman in Victorian times could entertain a male guest in her dressing gown for tea, but was unable to do so fully dressed for dinner?

Many thanks to Ellie Michell for continuing to organise our wonderful cakey gatherings. As I said the cakes were many and varied and I rather lost the plot on what they were, who had baked them and whether I’d photographed them or not. So here follows a random selection:

Hot Chocolate Victoria Sandwich – The Recipe

Hot Chocolate Victoria Sandwich with Vanilla Apricot Jam and Cream.
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Hot Chocolate Victoria Sponge with Apricot Jam and Cream

A Victoria sandwich made with drinking chocolate, so it's lightly chocolatey. Filled with vanilla apricot jam & whipped cream.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: apricot jam, cake, cream, hot chocolate, Victoria sandwich
Servings: 10 slices


  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 240 g golden caster sugar (I used homemade vanilla sugar)
  • 4 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  • 110 g wholemeal flour
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 50 g drinking chocolate
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 4 tbsp apricot jam (I used my homemade vanilla apricot jam)
  • 150 ml double cream


  • Cream the butter with the sugar until very pale and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing in a little of the flour in between each egg to prevent curdling.
  • Sift in the flour, drinking chocolate and baking powder, then stir into the sugar mixture.
  • Add enough milk to make a loose, but not runny mixture.
  • Divide the batter between two 21 cm round cake silicone moulds or lined tins. Bake in the middle of the oven at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for about 25 minutes or until the top of the cakes are firm to the touch and a cake tester came out more or less clean.
  • Leave to cool for ten minutes, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
  • Spread one half with the apricot jam.
  • Whisk the cream until soft peaks form.
  • Spread cream over the top of the jam and place the other cake on top.
  • Sprinkle with caster sugar.


Inspired by Nigella as it was, I’m sending my hot chocolate Victoria sandwich off for Forever Nigella. Created by Maison Cupcake, the theme this month is Easter. And I reckon this would make a perfect cake for Easter tea. What do you reckon?

As I used four very large duck eggs which were coming to the end of their useful life, I’m entering this to the No Waste Food Challenge. This was created by Kate of Turquoise Lemons but is hosted, this month, by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary. The theme is eggs.

Although most of my bakes are entirely made from scratch, I don’t often remember to submit them to Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays. Luckily, I’ve remembered this time.


  1. Elizabeth

    21st March 2013 at 9:23 am

    This sounds delicious! I too had a cake break up on me recently when cooked in a silicone mould. It was a double layer cake and BOTH cakes stuck the mould! I am wondering if my buttering the moulds first was to blame… I too was most displeased. I love that you’ve used duck eggs in this recipe, and drinking chocolate – it sounds fantastic! Thanks for entering it into the no waste food challenge!

  2. Debs Dust Bunny

    21st March 2013 at 9:25 am

    Oh My Goodness! That cake looks SO delicious! All the cakes look wonderful, but OH MY GOODNESS!

  3. hungryhinny

    21st March 2013 at 9:29 am

    I’m so glad I managed to bring a slice of this home with me – it was about the only thing that got me through my rubbish day yesterday!

    I can confirm that the apricot jam is AMAZING and I will definitely be making some soon…

  4. Foodycat

    21st March 2013 at 10:57 am

    That’s an amazing array of cakes! I love a bit of apricot jam in a chocolate cake.

  5. Poyma

    21st March 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Apricot jam is the best! But Id never thought of pairing it with chocolate. Thanks Choclette for another wonderful visul feast

  6. Javelin Warrior

    21st March 2013 at 1:42 pm

    What a beautiful cake, Choclette! I love the rustic layering and the contrast of color between the cream and cake… This sounds delicious and I’m so happy you remembered to share 😉 And love the new banner for your blog!

  7. Charlotte Charlotte'sKitchenDiary

    21st March 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Fantastic! This sounds like a lovely combination of flavours. Your CCC cakes look so good – how lucky to have your meeting at Lanhydrock!!

  8. Victoria Lee

    21st March 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Do you notice much of difference in taste using duck eggs rather than hen’s? I love duck eggs poached etc, but never think to use in baking, probably because of the cost… and Apricot and Chocolate – never considered it but inspired pairing of flavours! x

  9. Bridget

    21st March 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Wow! Your whole site is drooltastic.

  10. Dee Johnson

    22nd March 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Heavenly, i could just die looking at all of those lovely cakes. You are such a talented baker. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  11. Caroline

    22nd March 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Looks like a delicious cake. I have to confess that I usually skip over apricot jam when filling chocolate cakes, for some reason my mind immediately jumps to red/black fruit. I’ll have to give apricot a go too. Looks like you had a fab time and a wonderful selection of different cakes.

  12. Katharine

    23rd March 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Gorgeous cake and inspired flavours as always, chocolate with that vanilla apricot jam sounds simply heavenly!

  13. Alida

    24th March 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I really like apricots. When I go over to Italy in the summer I can eat as many as they can fit in my belly 😉 they are gorgeous fruit. Pairing them with chocolate is a great idea. Really lovely post Choclette.

  14. Jen Price

    5th April 2013 at 10:11 am

    This looks fantastic, until I saw Karen’s recent post and this one I didn’t realise you could actually use drinking chocolate in baking. A lot of recipes always seem to be quite adament that you must use cocoa powder so I’m going to have to give this a go now. The vanilla spricot jam also sounds very tasty, nothing better than a cake with homemade jam 🙂 Thanks for entering into Forever Nigella

  15. Elizabeth

    6th April 2013 at 9:08 pm

    The cream sounds yummy! Hope you will be joining us again this month for Forever Nigella.

  16. Maya Russell

    13th August 2013 at 5:46 am

    I love Victoria Sponge. Your one is great.

  17. Tracy K Nixon

    18th August 2013 at 4:12 am

    WOW all those cakes look mouth watering! I must admit I enjoy the decorating of the cakes more than the baking. I am very arty so presentation counts everytime. You always present your baking so well too – a true expert! Thank you!

  18. Emma Nixon

    16th March 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Wow. Just fancy a slice with a cuppa tea.. Looks delicious


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