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Gluten-free Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe - BEST EVER! (low FODMAP, dairy-free option)

Gluten-free Victoria sponge cake recipe - BEST EVER! Easy to make using the all-in-one method. Wheat-free and Coeliac-friendly. See the FAQ section above for advice on how to adapt this recipe to be dairy-free or vegan.
Keyword gluten free victoria sponge cake, victoria sponge cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 499kcal
Author Bex


For the sponge

  • 225 g gluten free self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder (ensure it's gluten free)
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 225 g margarine / spread / softened butter (dairy free if necessary)
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the butter cream icing

  • 500 g icing sugar
  • 250 g margarine / spread / butter (dairy free if necessary)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

You'll also need...

  • raspberry or strawberry jam
  • fresh raspberries (optional)
  • icing sugar (for dusting on top)


  • Prepare 2 circular cake tins (mine are 20cm) - grease them and cut a circle of parchment paper to sit in the bottom. Preheat your oven to 160C Fan.
  • Place all your sponge ingredients into a large mixing bowl and whisk until well combined and thoroughly mixed (1 minute should do it).
  • Divide the mixture between the two tins evenly.
  • Bake for around 30 minutes until golden (remember never to open the oven until you think they are definitely done). To check if the sponges are cooked, insert a skewer and if it comes out clean, it's done!
  • Leave the sponges in their tins for about 5 minutes before turning them out onto a cooling rack.
  • Whilst the sponges are cooling, make your buttercream. Start by adding your margarine / spread / butter to a bowl and cream it together. This can be done by hand or with an electric hand whisk.
  • Once creamed, gradually add your icing sugar - it seems like a lot but it will all incorporate itself.
  • Add your vanilla extract and mix once more.
  • To decorate, spread jam on the bottom layer of the cake. If you want to pipe your buttercream, place it in a piping bag and pipe a dollop followed by a raspberry and continue this around the edge. Then in the centre, just pipe lots of extra dollops of buttercream. Place your second sponge on top.
  • If you don't want to pipe your buttercream, spread your buttercream on one of your sponges, jam on the other and sandwich them together (you can also add fresh raspberries on top of the cake if you want).
  • Dust with a little icing sugar on top. Enjoy!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 413mg | Sugar: 56g