January 29, 2020

Victoria sponge (gluten & dairy free)

My classic Victoria Sponge is filled with a delicious dairy free buttercream and jam. It’s the perfect tea time treat which everyone will love, you’d never know it was gluten and dairy free! The recipe is so easy to make and it’s definitely one of my favourites! For the sponge you will simply need gluten free self raising flour, dairy free butter (The Stork ‘perfect for baking’ gold packet works best), caster sugar, eggs, baking powder and Xanthan gum. To make the buttercream you will need dairy free butter and icing sugar, it may not seem like it’s coming together to start with but trust me it will!

To make my Victoria sponge you will also need 2 standard 20cm loose bottom cake tins, click here to purchase. If you do make this cake I’d love to see, don’t forget to tag me over on social media.

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4.81 from 31 votes

Gluten and dairy free Victoria Sponge

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Servings: 10


For the sponge

  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 225 g dairy free butter (I use the Stork 'Perfect for Baking' butter)
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 225 g gluten free self raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (Omit if your flour blend already contains this)

For the filling

  • Raspberry jam
  • 150 g dairy free butter block (I use the Stork 'Perfect for Baking' butter)
  • 300 g icing sugar
  • A handful of fresh raspberries


  • Pre heat your oven to 180°C and grease and line 2 20cm round cake tins.
  • To a large bowl add caster sugar and dairy free butter, beat until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time continuing to whisk between each addition. Add the vanilla extract and whisk again.
  • Add the gluten free self raising flour, baking powder and xanthan gum. Mix well until fully combined.
  • Divide the mixture between the 2 cake tins, level with a knife and bake in the oven for around 20-22 minutes or until the cakes are golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Set aside to cool completely.
  • Once cool make the buttercream. Add the dairy free butter block to a large bowl and beat until creamy. Gradually add the icing sugar, continuing to beat until fully combined and creamy. The buttercream will take a little while to come together so keep mixing!
  • Spread one of your cakes with the buttercream and the other with jam and sandwich together. Sprinkle the top with icing sugar and decorate with fresh raspberries.

I absolutely love seeing what you’ve created, so if you do make this recipe (or any other recipe from my website) don’t forget to tag me over on my social media pages @glutenfreealice and use the hashtag #glutenfreealice

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24 responses to “Victoria sponge (gluten & dairy free)”

  1. Philippa Doran says:

    Alice what size tin do you use? Thanks in advance!

  2. Danni says:

    Erm Am I being thick but how is it dairy free if you use stork perfect for cakes which has buttermilk in it? Thanks x

  3. Denis Keane says:

    Hi there,

    I’m new to baking so forgive me if the answer to this question is obvious;

    When you ask us to allow the cakes to cool, do you mean that they ought to cool in their tins or do we turn them out on to a wire rack?

    Thank you!


    • glutenfreealice@yahoo.com says:

      Hi Dennis, I would usually leave a cake to cool in the tin for around 10 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to completely cool.

  4. Becki says:

    Hi there,

    I realise this is a long shot, but do you know if this recipe would work with granulated coconut sugar as opposed to caster sugar? I’m looking for a recipe for my daughter’s first birthday cake (also her first cake cake lol!) and was hoping to stick to natural sugar for now. No worries if you don’t know, it’s an odd question I realise! Looks so yummy 🙂 xxx

    • glutenfreealice@yahoo.com says:

      Hi Beckies,

      Apologies, I’ve never tried this with any natural sugars but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. If you do try it let me know 🙂

      Alice x

  5. Lauren Tully says:

    Hello, do you use 180 on conventional oven setting rather than fan? Xx

    • glutenfreealice@yahoo.com says:

      Hi Lauren, Yes I use 180 on a standard oven. if you have a fan oven I would generally go own by about 20 degrees. Alice x

  6. Jacqui says:

    Do these cakes freeze well?

    • glutenfreealice@yahoo.com says:

      Hi, I haven’t actually tried freezing them myself but I don’t see why they wouldn’t.

  7. Tammi Sayas says:

    What gluten free self rising flour do you use??

  8. Angela says:

    I love Victoria sponge cake and am excited to try making it gluten and dairy free! My gluten free flour isn’t self raising – what type of leavening would you add and how much?

  9. Joyce Edwards says:

    Have attempted to make gluten free pastry with no luck, wondered if you had a recipe I could try . The Victoria sponge is amazing ..

  10. Michelle says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Loved by gluten and dairy eating and non-gluten eating people alike! Very light and spongy. The mix curdled when I added the eggs, so I suggest adding an egg and a spoon of flour and beating, as in a “normal” cake recipe. Wonderful result though, thank you for the recipe.

  11. Debbie K says:

    Can I freeze once baked before decorating?

  12. Natalie Lloyd says:

    Just made this and it’s wonderful thank you! My first ever gluten free bake for my gluten Intolerant 18 month old! It’s the first cake he’s ever eaten (as he was made so ill by gluten he really didn’t eat) and it’s a HUGE hit! Thank you! 😋

  13. Lucy sutcliffe says:

    5 stars
    Hi I just wanted to ask if this works without egg and if their is a substitute?
    I’m making this for my dad but he is allergic to eggs.

    Thankyou 😊

    • glutenfreealice@yahoo.com says:

      Hi Lucy,
      Unfortunately for this recipe egg is one of the main ingredients. It may be worth having a look for a vegan recipe instead 🙂
      Alice x

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