This easy to follow gluten free sponge cake recipe makes the tastiest sponge cake, which just happens to be gluten free.
This gluten free sponge cake recipe is a fantastic standard recipe.
Make it as an every-day treat or as a celebration cake. Use it to make a traditional Victoria Sponge cake (filled with jam and butter icing) or as little individual cupcakes whose decoration is only limited by your imagination.
The photograph shows this recipe made into small individual Victoria sponge cakes. The smaller cake quantity will make between 8 to 10 small cakes.
This simple recipe is easy to follow and includes different decoration tips which you can find at the bottom of this page. There are also notes on how to adapt it to be lactose free.
It is great fun to make with children and there is no greater joy than watching a child who needs gluten free food being able to make and eat cake like all their friends.
When making gluten free recipes following a few simple rules will ensure your gluten free sponge cake stays gluten free, we have some easy to follow tips on our Avoiding Gluten page.
These quantities will make a large 8” cake. To make a smaller cake you can simply halve these quantities. For example use 5 oz (150g) of butter, 5 oz (150g) sugar, 3 eggs etc.
For the cake
10 ¼ oz (300g) butter or vegetable spread* (my favourite is sunflower spread).
10 ¼ oz (300g) sugar
10 ¼ oz (300g) self raising gluten free flour
For the butter icing filling (make more if you are going to use this to decorate the top as well)
1 ¾ oz (50g) butter or vegetable spread*
7 oz (200g) icing sugar
Jam (raspberry or strawberry work well)
* To make a lactose free cake, make sure you use a vegetable spread that specifies that it is dairy and lactose free. Some vegetable spreads include buttermilk making them unsuitable for those who are lactose intolerant.
** To make a lactose free cake, replace the milk with cold black tea or natural fruit juice. Note that if you use fruit juice this could flavour the cake.
Decorate the top with water icing.
You can add food colouring to some of the water icing to add colour.
You can also use butter icing to add designs to your cake.
We have added cocoa to our butter icing used on this cake and piped a warm welcome for a new born baby.
Make additional butter icing and pipe it onto the top of your cakes.
Alternatively replace the jam filling with fresh fruit and decorate the top with whipped cream and prices of fruit.
To Make Water Icing
Mix (sieved) icing sugar and cold water to make the quantity and consistency of icing you need.
Using lemon juice rather than water will give your cakes a zingy lemon flavour.
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