Vanilla Berry Cream & Honey Celebration Cake

Vanilla Berry Cream & Honey Celebration Cake

A lovely revamp of an old school Victoria sponge.

Keep birthdays and parties delicious but junk free with this beauty.

This is a fabulous celebration cake and looks the part for any occasion, as well as dinner parties and afternoon tea! It was invented for a girl who doesn’t like cake – but is wild about berries and cream – this was a breakthrough!
Honey is a delicate and delicious addition in sponge and with some vanilla cream, and tons of fresh fruit is way sweet enough.


  • 4 Eggs
  • 250g (GF) Self-Raising Flour
  • 250g Butter (Coconut Oil)
  • 1 ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla
  • 4 tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar



  • 1 pot 285ml Double Cream (coconut Cream)
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste/powder
  • 350g assorted seasonal berries
  • 250g redcurrants

Oven at 180

Melt the butter with the honey, and leave off the heat to cool slightly. Whisk eggs with an electric whisk til smooth and pale. Fold in the vinegar and vanilla and slowly add the butter mixture. Sift flour, baking powder and pinch of sea salt slowly into wet mixture, don’t over mix as it will become dense.

Pour into lined 8/9inch cake tin. Cook for 20-30 minute in the centre of the oven until golden brown on top and skewer comes out clean.


For the topping, whip the cream until fluffy, add vanilla and honey gradually, and keep whipping until firmenough to spread. Leave in fridge until cake has cooled.


Slice cake through the middle and spread with 1/3 of the cream and dot with chopped berries. Put the top half on and spread thickly with the remaining cream and decorate with berries. Enjoy!


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  1. What is the apple cider vinegar for? It’s not in the method!

    • Oh hi! The vinegar helps the rising agent. It goes in with the liquids and vanilla….thanks so much for that. I’ll amend now. The cake is delicious anyway! X

  2. Or the vanilla for the cake mixture!

  3. Lucy Pearce


    I have just started following on Instagram as a family we are looking to eat healthier. I wanted to make this cake for my sister’s baby shower. In the cake ingredients in what form is the tbs of Vanilla?

  4. Hi. I’d like to make this cake for my son’s 1st birthday. When you say butter (coconut oil) do you mean actual butter or actual coconut oil!? Sorry if that’s a silly question!? Also, can I use maple syrup instead of the honey? Thanks!

    • Lizzie King

      Hi there. Yes I mean either use butter OR coconut oil.
      Yes use maple syrup but taste as it might be sweeter/less sweet. Hope he enjoys it!

  5. Thank you!

  6. Hi, has anyone tried this? Thinking of making it this weekend for a bbq x

  7. I have just made it; delicious!! Delicious flavour and perfectly sweet. I used normal SR flour, mix of butter and coconut oil and lemon juice instead of ACV as had run out, also normal cream. Vanilla was vanilla bean paste. Yum thanks Lizzie and nice knowing no nasty sugars!!

  8. Could this recipe be used to make fairy cakes for a party? It’s my son’s 3rd birthday party next week and I wanted to make this as fairy cakes. Also, does the coconut cream frosting melt at room temperature? Thank you : ) (we are dairy free so can’t make buttercream)

  9. Jo Hutchinson

    Wow this looks amazing.

  10. i can’t have maize but it seems to be in all of the gf self-raising flours I’ve found. Do you think this would work with a mix of almond & buckwheat flour? Or brown rice flour?

  11. This is sooooooo good! Just made it for a 2nd bday party and everyone loved it, the babes and the adults. The vanilla is so yum and it’s not too sweet at all. Thanks!

    • Lizzie King

      SO pleased. I think I saw it on Insta – these messages always swamp me, but finally getting to see them. Enjoy! L

  12. Hi Lizzie,

    Can I turn it into a chocolate cake by adding cacao powder to the mix? If yes, how much would you recommend.
    Thank you.

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