Strawberry Sponge Cake (Dairy Free Recipe)
Updated: Apr 7
There was no slice of cake left in the house, no cookie hiding anywhere, just a sad looking pancake left since breakfast so I had to do something about it. I ran out of gluten free flour but I remembered I still had some sponge flour I got with Degustabox a few months ago. The members of my household who are gluten intolerant already had pancakes in the morning, so they weren't being ignored or forgotten about, don't worry, and the ones who can have gluten didn't have the pancakes. It all worked out. What you see in the pictures has wheat flour (which contains gluten) but this recipe can be made gluten free if you use the appropriate flour and the end result will be similar, although, I'll be honest with you, a bit less fluffy (still delicious though).
What you'll need:
For the cake:
50ml sunflower/vegetable oil
10g baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla or strawberry extract
For the filling
300g Strawberry jam
100g dairy free spread
70g icing sugar
Mix all the cake ingredients in the order they are written above and then pour the mix into two cake tins lined with baking parchment. Bake for 20 min at 180 C/gas 4 (or until golden and until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean). Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. When they've completely cooled down spread the jam on one of the layers, mix the icing sugar with the dairy free spread and spread it on the other layer, then sandwich the two together.
If your diet allows it and you want to use whipped cream instead of the dairy free spread, feel free to do so and you can add it on top of the jam, but with this dairy free version I would highly recommend you do as written above. If you try to add the dairy free spread mix straight on top of the jam, it will all mix together and that's really not what you want from this.
Feel free to swap the strawberry jam for raspberry if that makes you happier.
If you give this a try, please let me know how it goes.
I hope life is treating you well.