This recipe for vegan Victoria Sponge Cake (The Veg Space) is very easy to make with everyday ingredients. You’ll need vegan block butter for this recipe (we like Naturli as it’s free from palm oil, sold in most stores) and plant-based yoghurt replaces the egg. Made with jam and vegan buttercream.
Before cooking, read up on food safety for people & pets (many human foods are unsafe around animal friends).
Victoria sponge is indeed named after Queen Victoria, who would like to serve a slice or two, when she entertained guests at her summerhouse on Isle of Wight. The sponge freezes well, just use parchment paper to wrap and defrost (don’t freeze the buttercream). Kate says also to rest the sponge cake overnight in an airtight tin.
Also try this vegan Victoria sponge, served with fresh berries and The Coconut Collab’s own vegan double cream, to sandwich the sponge layers together. Although made from coconuts, it doesn’t taste of them, it tastes just like dairy double cream!
the history of the classic Victoria sponge cake
Sponge cakes go back way before Queen Victoria, although high tea started in the 19th century, when people would ‘take tea and cake’ in the drawing room as a snack (dinner was eaten around 8pm to 9pm back in the day). Queen Victoria was a big fan and would often enjoy various sweets and treats, and was particularly fond on the sandwich cake with jam and buttercream, named after her.
granola that tastes like Victoria sponge cake
Cheeky Nibble is a wonderful brand of vegan granolas, a bit expensive but that’s because they are artisan-made, allergen-friendly, free from palm oil and sold in sustainable packaging. They also taste like dessert, so it’s like eating healthy cake for breakfast, and are absolutely delicious.
The founder created the brand as she has autism and Tourettes Syndrome and found that baking helped her anxiety. She also finds exercise helpful, so she combined her two passions to bake granolas that were chunky enough to take with her to the gym, yet had nostalgic flavours.
The granola is sold in boxes that are carbon-balanced with World Land’s Trust, so you can eat your breakfast with a clear conscience. The flavours include:
- Cherry Bakewell
- Victoria sponge
- Banoffee Pie
- Vanilla latte