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Simple sponge cake with a lovely honey flavour, no milk or butter, and virtually fat free (if you omit the optional oil). A mixture of honey, icing sugar and a touch of soya milk would do the trick!

Cambridgeshire, England, UK

37 people made this

IngredientsMakes: 10 small slices

  • 3 eggs
  • 75g sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 90g self raising flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:40min

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  2. Separate egg yolks and whites.
  3. Add sugar and honey to yolks and beat well.
  4. Gradually mix in flour to honey mixture, by the spoonful.
  5. Add a pinch of salt to egg whites and whisk until stiff.
  6. Gently mix egg whites into the yolk-flour mixture. This is quite stiff to start with, so add it bit by bit, you can then start mixing more lightly when the first few spoonfuls of egg have been incorporated.
  7. Turn into greased loaf tin, or even better into a silicone tin.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven (not fan assisted if possible).

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Love this cake very yummy and very very light. Will defiantly make again-26 Sep 2012

fantastic recipe. Only one change - I bake for 22 mins instead of 30, otherwise it burns and is a bit dry! Great for avoiding butter calories...-27 Jul 2012

I have actually made this cake it's lovely and light very easy to make and great for those have intolerance to dairy, also thyroid problems.-27 May 2015

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4 eggs, separated
150 grams sugar (3/4 cup)
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup maple syrup
250 ml whipping cream / orange juice (1 cup)
180 ml oil (3/4 cup)
320 grams self-raising flour (2 cups + 4 Tbsp)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon

Syrup (not mandatory):
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp maple syrup


1. Whip egg whites and sugar into stiff peaks and fold in the egg yolks.

2. Mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl, and the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Gently add the wet ingredients to the whipped eggs and then the dry ingredients.

3. Bake at 180°C for around 45 minutes, then cool. Cook the syrup ingredients together while stirring for a few minutes, and spoon the syrup over the entire cake.

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Baking is one of the trickier areas to experiment with swapping out ingredients, as items like milk and butter play important roles in the structure, texture, and flavor of the final result.

But thanks to the rise of high-quality, excellent-tasting nut and grain-based milks, cheeses, and yogurts, there are more options than ever before — including readily available plant fats like coconut oil.

As a result, baking is a place where dietary preferences and creativity can dovetail. No longer is baking without dairy a compromise!

We’ve been busy testing these ingredients to find recipes where they really shine. Whether from dietary concerns or simply as a matter of convenience, having a roster of wonderful, delicious dairy-free recipes is a boon for modern bakers. Let's say you run out of butter, or forgot to buy milk. You can still whip up a fantastic lemon chiffon cake or tender banana bread.

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When we began investigating the world of dairy-free baking, we tapped into our history. Over the decades, we’ve helped bakers through times of both scarcity and abundance. So we combed through our recipe archives to find some of the cleverest ideas bakers have come up with to get through times when traditional dairy ingredients weren’t as easily available.

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  • 1 1/2 cups whole almonds, toasted (see Tip)
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature (see Tip), separated
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted (see Tip)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper and spray the paper.

Process whole almonds in a food processor or blender until finely ground (you will have about 1 3/4 cups ground). Beat 4 egg yolks, 1/2 cup honey, vanilla, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer (or use a paddle attachment on a stand mixer) on medium speed until well combined. Add the ground almonds and beat on low until combined.

Beat 4 egg whites in another large bowl with the electric mixer (use clean beaters on a hand-held mixer or the whisk attachment on a stand mixer) on medium speed until very foamy, white and doubled in volume, but not stiff enough to hold peaks, 1 to 2 minutes (depending on the type of mixer). Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the nut mixture until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake the cake until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 28 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan and gently remove the side ring. Let cool completely.

If desired, remove the cake from the pan bottom by gently sliding a large, wide spatula between the cake and the parchment paper. Carefully transfer the cake to a serving platter. To serve, drizzle the top of the cake with honey and sprinkle with sliced almonds.

Make Ahead Tip: Store the cooled cake airtight at room temperature for up to 1 day. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with almonds just before serving.

Equipment: 9-inch springform pan, parchment paper

Tip: To toast whole almonds, spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes. To toast sliced almonds, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Note: Eggs must be at room temperature for the proteins to unwind enough to support the cake's crumb. Either set the eggs out on the counter for 15 minutes or submerge them in their shells in a bowl of lukewarm (not hot) water for 5 minutes before using.

Recipe: Dairy Free Honey & Orange Madeleines


  • 75 g Pure Dairy Free Sunflower Spread – melted and cooled
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 90 g Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 100 g Plain Flour
  • ½ Tsp Baking Powder
  • Zest of one orange - finely grated
  • Pinch of salt



  • The batter will keep for up to two days in the fridge.
  • This recipe is 3 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion

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For the last few days I've been recipe testing a healthy cookie--no butter, no added sugars, lots of fiber, healthy fats, and nutrients. Oh, and grain free and vegan. It hasn't been going well. It later dawned on me that what makes a cookie a cookie is the starch, fat, and sugar. Taking them out simply produced something more cake/biscuit like which is not what I was going for (although still rather tasty given its components). Though I haven't given up just yet, it made me wonder why I was trying to make something with so many restrictions. I'm not vegan, I don't have a gluten intolerance, and I don't follow a "paleo" diet. Part of it is because I enjoy a good challenge, but mostly it's because I believe the best diet is a varied diet. It's easy to get stuck eating the same vegetables or even the same meals day after day. Varying the types of foods you eat offers you a wide range of nutrients you might otherwise not be getting, and sometimes restrictions encourage you to seek out new ingredients rather than relying on old favorites.

Since the cookie recipe has yet to be perfected, I thought I'd share something more up my alley: a cake, of course! Last night I came across a dessert called an apple sharlotka, a Russian/Polish cake that has a large proportion of sliced apples to actual cake batter. The structure is mostly from eggs so I thought it would be a good candidate for gluten free flours. Along the way I came across something similar from Leite's Culinaria, the drunken apple cake. Still a large proportion of apples but this time with butter creating a richer cake. I made a combination of the two and ended up with a gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free apple cake. No, not as indulgent as the others but delicious nonetheless!

A combination of almond flour and oat flour was used for this recipe, mostly because it's what I had on hand. For sweetness I used a combination of brown rice syrup and maple syrup, but I am sure honey would be fine as well. I should really call this an almond maple apple cake instead. The maple really shines so make sure you use a good quality syrup. As soon as the cake came out of the oven I brushed it with a tablespoon of maple syrup then garnished with chopped almonds. The almonds aren't necessary but it dresses up an otherwise plain cake and adds some nice texture.

I'm pretty happy with how it came out. The fat from the almonds, fiber from the apples, plus a hit of sweetness from the maple syrup keep my sweet tooth in check with the tiniest of slices. An unfussy cake fit for a weeknight dessert, I'd say.