Vegan Victoria sponge cake on a platter dusted with icing sugar

Vegan sponge cake

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(47 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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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.
Anita Pirie
27th Feb, 2019
Not sure about other brands but i use Tate and Lyle. All of their sugars except one - the Royal Icing sugar (which contains eggs) - are suitable for Vegans.
17th Jan, 2019
My sister used this recipe to make an amazing birthday cake for our mother so I could join in the family celebrations. She was initially worried about the texture saying it seemed undercooked on the inside but we both thought it was perfectly fine and it tasted delicious. I asked if she'd used a smidgen of ginger or allspice in the mixture as there was a subtle hint of 'something' that added nicely to the taste - we concluded that must be the golden caster sugar and the cider vinegar lending it's flavour.
14th Oct, 2018
I made this to take into work and everyone (vegan or not) really liked it, and it was much simpler to make than I expected. Really nice light cake
4th Oct, 2018
What a lovely and suprisingly light cake. Used this recipe to make cup cakes to take into work for a coffee morning as a couple of colleagues are vegan and wanted them to join in and eat cake. This makes a great basic vegan cake mix which can be adapted. I made some changes only because I didn't have dairy-free spread. I used 120ml of sunflower oil instead. I also used 2 over ripe bananas but cut the amount of sugar to 150g sugar for one batch and added cocoa powder to another batch. Next time I use this recipe using cocoa think I will cut the flour. Compared to other vegan cake recipes I have made, this is the better recipe.


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