Dairy Free Victoria Sandwich

I wanted to bake a cake to take into work on Friday but the particular group had a couple of lactose intolerant members so it had to be dairy free. I had limited time so couldn’t do anything too creative and decided on a tradiational Victoria Sandwich. I was nervous about cooking with dairy free margarine but luckily it came out passable. I didn’t much fancy making buttercream with marge so opted to buy diary free ready made buttercream instead. I did make the jam in the middle though (strawberry and basil) so I didn’t cheat completely. The fruit on the top was intentionally representing the vertical angles theorem (don’t ask) and I hoped some fresh fruit would hide the lack of real butter somehow.


I turned to Mary Berry for guidance and just substituted the butter for marge, the mixture was a lot looser, so I had to cook it longer but it was moist enough. I added vanilla paste to try to add a little flavour. It is also an all in the bowl and mix recipe, I’m a big fan of those after a long day.


  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 225 g of caster sugar
  • 225 g of self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 225 g of dairy free spread/margarine
  • Jam
  • Dairy free buttercream
  • fresh fruit (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Grease the sides and line the bases of two 8 inch cake tins.
  2. Place the eggs, sugar, flour and margarine into a large mixing bowl and mix until well combined. An electric hand whisk or food mixer would be ideal but a wooden spoon would suffice.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between the two tins and bake for 35-40 mins, check after 25 minutes as this is what the original recipe suggests but mine took significantly longer. Do not open the oven door before 25 minutes!
  4. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before remove from their tins to cool completly on wire cooling racks.
  5. Once completely cooled, place one on a plate or cake board and cover with jam, place the next cake on top and ice with buttercream.
  6. Decorate with fresh fruit (optional) and serve.

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