Vegan Victoria sponge cake on a platter dusted with icing sugar

Vegan sponge cake

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins - 35 mins


Serves 8 - 10

Treat friends and family to a Victoria sponge cake made with vegan ingredients. This easy recipe is perfect for afternoon tea, or a coffee morning

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal482
  • fat21g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs69g
  • sugars45g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 150g dairy-free spread, plus extra for the tins
  • 300ml dairy-free milk, we used oat milk
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
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For the filling

  • 100g dairy-free spread
  • 200g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 4 tbsp jam, we used strawberry


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the bases of 2 x 20cm sandwich tins with baking parchment and grease with a little of the dairy-free spread.

  2. Put the dairy-free milk into a jug and add the vinegar, leave for a few minutes until it looks a little lumpy. Put half of the vanilla seeds and all the other cake ingredients into a large bowl then pour over the milk mixture. Using electric beaters or a wooden spoon, beat everything together until smooth.

  3. Divide the mix between your two tins then bake in the centre of the oven for 30-35 mins or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out cleanly. Leave them in their tins until cool enough to handle then carefully turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.

  4. While the cakes are cooling, make the filling. To make the vegan buttercream, whisk or beat together the dairy-free spread, icing sugar and remaining vanilla seeds until pale and fluffy. Dairy-free spreads do vary so if the spread you are using is quite soft try to avoid using electric beaters. Stir the ingredients together instead to avoid overworking it. However, if the mixture is too firm, use electric beaters to help lighten it and add 1-2 tbsp of dairy-free milk when whisking.

  5. Spread the jam onto one of the cooled sponges, top with the buttercream then place the other sponge on top. Dust the assembled cake with a little icing sugar or caster sugar before slicing.

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23rd Mar, 2020
Didn’t add the bicarbonate or cider but recipe worked very well. Used soya light milk and slightly less than recipe said as it looked too liquidy. 30 minutes in the oven was perfect and the cake came out well. Buttercream recipe probably enough for a thin layer of the top of the cake too.
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Claudia Fry
23rd Feb, 2020
This fell apart. I used soya milk after reading a comment about someone else's falling apart. Also when I tasted the crumbs, it didn't taste good and seemed to have a bad after taste.
Phoebe's picture
16th Feb, 2020
Such a simple recipe and it was delicious!
29th Oct, 2019
Amazing and so simple! I had no self raising flour so used plain plus two heaped teaspoons of baking powder and it rose like a dream! Also used high sided spring form baking tins. Brilliant! My new fave recipe. Thank you BBC Good Food! ❤️
17th Jul, 2019
Great recipe. I've made it twice now. It needed longer to cook (in my oven anyway). Tastes like normal Victoria sponge. Loved by everyone, including non vegans.
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Lisa Ortega
26th May, 2019
Best vegan cake I've made so far! Very easy to make, rises really well and the sponge is so nice, light and moist. Tastes and looks just like a non-vegan victoria sponge. I tested it on family who couldn't tell it was vegan and everyone loved it. Can't go wrong with this recipe.
8th Apr, 2019
Very crumbly. Unfortunately fell apart when assembling. Would not recommend. Needs an egg substitute like apple purée to bind it.
18th Mar, 2019
Never made a vegan cake before as never a need. However daughter wanted one to take to college so her vegan friends could join in her birthday. I mostly followed the recipe, using soya milk instead of oat and Vitalite. I didn't use the cider vinegar, but just added all the ingredients into the bowl and mixed it all in one. Two sandwich tins cooked in 30 minutes. Felt heavier than a normal cake with eggs and didn't rise as much, but once filled and topped with buttercream (used Sugar & Crumbs flavoured icing sugar which is suitable for vegans) it looked like any regular cake. Apparently went down a storm with vegans and non-vegans at college and only one small slice returned home which I tried. Was pleasantly surprised how good it tasted and in fact daughter said she preferred this to a regular sponge with butter and eggs! Will definitely use this recipe again in future for both cakes and buns.
Adrian Vaudrey
2nd Feb, 2019
I thought icing sugar contained egg!!!
29th Oct, 2019
Hi Adrian - it’s just very finely ground sugar. No other ingredients.


3rd Oct, 2019
Can you freeze this cake?
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21st Oct, 2019
Thanks for your question. We'd suggest serving this cake fresh for best results. All our freezable recipes are marked with a blue star above the nutritional information. However, if you are keen to freeze it, individually wrap the sponges and freeze before adding the filling.
19th Oct, 2019
Would not recommend...
24th Feb, 2018
Does anyone know if I can use coconut oil or olive oil instead of spread?
goodfoodteam's picture
28th Feb, 2018
Thanks for your question. We haven't tested this recipe using either. You're likely to have better success with coconut oil but we cannot guarantee results without testing it ourselves. Let us know if you decide to experiment!
12th Mar, 2018
I personally wouldn't use olive oil as it tends to have a rather unusual (and we think) unpleasant aftertaste. If you used sunflower/rapeseed oil, it would be fine i think.
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Melissa Young
11th Jun, 2019
I used raspberry jam and put the icing on top rather than with the jam. Then added raspberries and strawberries on top. The berries on top really made it! Everyone in my family love it!
2nd Apr, 2018
I used vegan quark instead of vegan butter, with wonderful results. And way less calories :).
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