I don’t know of a cake that’s any more British than the Victoria Sponge cake. When I first moved to the UK and started visiting cute little coffee shops I noticed the Victoria Sponge cake everywhere. It jumped out at me for 2 reasons. Firstly, because I’d never seen it before, and secondly, becasue it wasn’t covered in a thick layer of rich buttercream icing like all the cakes were back home. When I started talking to people about my love of baking I’d often ask them what their favourite cake or dessert was, and Victoria Sponge was the one mentioned most often. I didn’t really get it. I mean, the Victoria Sponge cake looked rather plain and unimpressive, and I’d seen plenty of other cakes that were more rich and decadent that I’d rather try. But then I realised something – UK tastes are totally different than North American tastes. Overly sweet things just aren’t as popular here. Sure, they have loads of sweet and delicious desserts here, but the Victoria Sponge cake is considered more of a lighter option. Something that you could enjoy with a cup of afternoon tea, and that wouldn’t leave you feeling overly heavy after you’ve eaten it.