To state the obvious, this recipe falls far more on the side of the “foodie” part of the blog than the “healthy” part. With that statement out of the way, I excitedly present to you my new favorite recipe: The Easiest Gluten-Free Victoria Sponge Cake!
If you follow the Our Healthy Foodie Life Instagram page, you’ll know that this was my project a few days ago. I have wanted to make this traditional British cake ever since I first saw it featured in a challenge on an episode of The Great British Bake Off (love that show!). The Victoria sponge cake is a simple, yet extravagant looking cake. When making all parts of the cake from scratch (especially the jam), it can quickly become quite an involved recipe.
Despite my appreciation for baking treats from scratch, I intentionally wanted to make my version of the cake as easy as possible. Also, since I can’t eat gluten, my version of the cake had to be gluten-free.
I am delighted to report that my unbelievably simple version of a Victoria sponge cake turned out wonderfully! I was so surprised at how rewarding it was to make this dessert. For such a low amount of effort, I could hardly believe that I was rewarded with such a beautiful looking cake.
Ready to try making this delectable dessert? Take a look at how simple it is to make a superb, gluten-free cake with minimal effort.
• 2 boxes of gluten-free yellow cake mix (if you don’t have to be gluten-free, feel free to use standard yellow cake mixes)
• 1 large (about 17.25 oz) jar of all-natural or organic strawberry jam
• Homemade whipped cream (use your favorite recipe, or make this an ultra lazy recipe by using pre-made whipped cream. It is up to you!)
• Follow the directions for your chosen box cakes to make each cake separately in its own circular cake pan (as shown in the picture below).
• Once the cakes have been baked and fully cooled, slice the rounded top off of the larger cake (or the cake you plan to use on the bottom if they are both the same size), so that it makes a flat surface to spread the jam and whipped cream.
• Spread a generous amount of the strawberry jam on the flat cake surface.
• After adding the jam, lightly spread a generous amount of whipped cream on top of the jam. Be careful not to mix the jam and whipped cream, but to keep them in their own separate layers.
• Place the other cake on top of the bottom cake.
• Serve and enjoy! (See, I told you this was easy…)