Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall reveals her secret recipe for the perfect Victoria sponge

The Duchess of Cornwall shares the secret to the perfect Victoria sponge

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The Duchess of Cornwall reveals recipe for perfect Victoria sponge
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The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, shared the secret she uses to create the perfect Victoria sponge—and it's not just the ingredients!


The Duchess of Cambridge might not be best known for her baking prowess, however, in celebration of an important cause, the royal has shared her favorite recipe for Victoria sponge. The recipe was shared weeks after she revealed a new portrait of her 'idea of perfection'.

In honor of Poetry Together, a campaign that connects students and elderly people to perform poetry by heart, the Duchess posted her recipe on the official Clarence House Instagram account.

A photograph of the royal, holding a very delicious-looking Victoria sponge cake, was accompanied by the caption which is a rousing call to culinary and poetic action. 

"In celebration of the return of @poetry_together tea parties this year, The Duchess has shared her recipe for a Victoria Sponge for young and old(er!) alike to enjoy after reciting a poem by heart together. 🍰"

Despite cooking not being the first thing one might associate with the wife of the heir to the British throne, Camilla is known for supporting literary and creative interests. She has her very own book club, which is called The Reading Room, that's in its third season and platforms not only the books it features but the writers behind them too.

It seems that words aren't her only interest as her son Tom Parker-Bowles previously discussed his mother's skills in the kitchen, during an interview with Town & Country magazine. 

He said, "I remember roast chicken. It was always a really good roast chicken. Rub it with butter, put a lemon up his ass. Or his cavity. Yeah, she was good about that, and she was brilliant at that sort of very traditional English stuff."

Tom continued, "Cooking fish, cooking meats. She cooked for us, she was our mother. My dad was in the Army and traveled a lot. He was there the weekends, but she was very much the traditional cook. There was always food and it was always good."

Needless to say, it sounds like Victoria sponge isn't the only delicious offering on the Clarence House table each Sunday!

Aoife Hanna


Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.

She's an Irish journalist and writer with over 1500 bylines and a background in creative writing, comedy and TV production.

Formerly Aoife was a contributing writer at Bustle and her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica, EVOKE and her poetry features in the soon-to-be-published Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.

Outside of work you might bump into her at a garden center, charity shop, hot yoga studio, lifting heavy weights or (most likely) supping/eating some sort of delicious drink/meal.