Allergy Friendly Birthday Cakes: Our Reliable Dairy Free Sponge Cake Recipe

Allergy Friendly Birthday Cakes: Our Reliable Dairy Free Sponge Cake Recipe

If you’re not feeling particularly creative there are plenty of companies that will print a picture on to icing for you to just pop on the top of your cake. The icing is mainly cornstarch and sugar and the inks are vegetable based.

Spectacular sponges can be dairy-free. Cupcake Dolly has used vegetable margarine in place of butter to produce very tasty, dairy-free cakes. It is worth choosing a brand that you find pleasing. Most supermarkets carry an own-brand baking block margarine, Stork is Granny’s favourite but produces a ‘like it or loath it’ response. There is no particular advantage in choosing a super healthy option as baking nurtures the soul and a little of what you fancy in a balanced diet do you good. 

Want to bake a sponge cake without any dairy for your kid’s birthday? Then try our allergy-friendly, dairy-free sponge cake recipe.

Dairy Free Birthday Cake Recipe


  • 100g or 4oz vegetable margarine
  • 100g or 4oz castor sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 100g or 4oz SR flour


Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4). Then cream the margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Next beat in the eggs, adding a spoonful of flour to prevent the mixture curdling, and carefully fold in the sieved flour with a metal spoon in a figure of 8 movements.

Spoon into about 12 cupcake cases or 2 x 6 “sandwich tins and bake for about 20 minutes or until well risen, golden brown and springing back when touched.

The sponge can be decorated with glace icing: icing sugar mixed with just enough water to produce a smooth paste or a “butter” icing made with 1 part margarine to 2 parts icing sugar and coloured and flavoured to taste. Sponge cakes are a fantastic medium to stretch your creative flair.

Happy baking!

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