If you fancy an afternoon tea and cake or maybe you've got a Victoria sponge for your birthday, you'll need to make sure you are synning your slice of Victoria sponge in order to stay on track with your syns.
A slice of Victoria sponge has on average 10 syns a slice, making the cake high in syns and using most of your daily syn allowance. We would suggest only having a slice as an occasional treat to avoid spending too many syns.
We've put together a syn guide below, which will discuss why Victoria sponge is so high in syns, some syn values, a low syn cake alternative and an SW friendly recipe for making your own at home!
Why Is Victoria Sponge High In Syns?
Victoria sponge has 10 syns a slice, making it very high in syns taking 80% of your daily syn allowance. This cake gets its high syn values from the jam and cream inside, making it high in fat and sugar, for example, one slice of victoria sponge from Tesco has 9g of fat.
This doesn't mean you can't enjoy the occasional slice of victoria sponge on the slimming world, but we do suggest having it in moderation because of the high sugar content.
Syn Values Of Victoria Sponge
Victoria sponge has similar syn values no matter where you buy it from, but syns can change according to the ingredients and how much cream is used.
To help you stay on track, we've listed some syn values down below so that you can compare.
Tesco Finest Victoria Sponge - 11 syns.
Sainsbury's Summer Edition Jam & Cream Victoria Sponge 340g - 10 syns.
Tesco Strawberry Jam Victoria Sponge 360g - 11 syns.
M&S Victoria Sandwich Sponge Cake 410g - 14.5 syns.
Morrisons Victoria Sponge Cake Slice with a Raspberry Jam & Buttercream Filling 60g - 13 syns.
Asda Victoria Sponge - 7 syns.
OGGS Victoria Sponge Cakes 184g - 9 syns.
M&S Cafe Victoria Sponge Cake - 31 syns.
M&S In-Store Bakery Victoria Sponge Muffin - 24.5 syns.
Waitrose & Partners No1 Victoria Sponge Cake - 10 syns.
If you want to save syns but still enjoy your Victoria sponge, we've got a great slimming world mug cake recipe for you to check out below which only has 4 syns and uses your healthy extra B.
One teaspoon of baking powder.
40g of oats.
2 tsp of sweetener.
A drop of vanilla extract.
Two tablespoons of Greek yoghurt.
One tablespoon of jam.
Icing sugar to dust.
Two tablespoons of light cream.
Start by blending your oats then pour into a mug with your baking powder and sweetener, and stir to combine.
Add the yoghurt, vanilla and egg, making sure no dry bits are left.
Microwave for a minute and a half, slice in half then add the cream, berries and jam.
Serve and enjoy!
Overall, Victoria sponge is high in syns, having on average 10 syns a slice, this is because of the sugary jam and high fat cream inside. To reduce syns we suggest having a smaller slice of this cake or checking out our mug cake recipe above which only has 4 syns and uses your healthy extra B.
Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.