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Victoria Wood's Victoria Sponge

Epilepsy Action Tea Break - Friday 21 October

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  • 6oz wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 6oz softened butter
  • 6oz caster sugar 
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1-2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • Icing sugar to dredge


  • Pre-heat oven to 180C (350F), gas mark 4.
  • Grease and line two 18cm (7ins) tins (which you won't be able to find.)
  • Do what you have to do to make the butter and sugar into a fluffy mixture. (I put it in a food processor myself, but then I'm very rich).
  • Gradually add eggs, beating the mixture as you go.
  • Fold in the flour (sift it first if you can be fagged).
  • Divide the mixture between the two tins, smooth tops and put into ocen for 25 to 30 minutes. (If you have an Aga, they will be burnt shortly).
  • To test if ready, press lightly and they should spring back. (If they're burnt, you'll spring back).
  • Cool on cake rack, then stick together with jam and cover with icing sugar.

PS Once cake is ready, put it in rusty cake tin and forget about it.

Why has this recipe been donated to Epilepsy Action?

A cup of coffee and a piece of cake can make a real difference for people with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Action’s network of coffee and chat groups can provide a life line to people who might be feeling isolated because of the condition. Coffee and chat groups give people affected by epilepsy an opportunity to come together and share their experiences.

Text ACT NOW to 70700 to donate £5, the cost of a cup of coffee and piece of cake, to Epilepsy Action. Together we can make sure no-one has to face epilepsy alone. Terms and conditions.

Want to hold your own Tea Break?

Each year in October, Epilepsy Action holds a fundraising event called Tea Break, asking people to pop the kettle on, make a brew, bake a cake and have a cuppa with us! The money raised goes towards helping everyone affected by epilepsy in the UK! 

Holding a Tea Break really is a piece of cake! Whether it’s a cup of tea and a cake in your kitchen or a tea party at your workplace, you can hold your Tea Break anywhere and invite anybody along to share the fun. In the past, we have had Tea Breaks registered all over the UK; from Cornwall to Scotland, in schools, homes and workplaces.  

If reading this recipe has inspired you to hold a Tea Break for Epilepsy Action, why not register for your free fundraising pack now and bake a difference?

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