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25 Vegan British Desserts

These vegan British desserts are all of your favourite classics but without the eggs or dairy. Whether you’re having a dinner party, a small gathering, or you just fancy something sweet, you’re sure to find a recipe you’ll love!

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I’ve been running this blog for over 4 years now and some of the most popular recipe requests I’ve had have been for British classic desserts! The Great British Bake Off website has a few vegan recipes but there doesn’t seem to be much variety from what I could see.

There are plenty of vegan supermarket dessert option nowadays but there are still many nostalgic treats that you can’t buy yet. I’m talking Eton mess, banoffee pie, Jaffa Cakes and Viennese Whirls- things like that!

If you’ve been searching for more vegan British desserts, I’ve created this round-up post to help you out. It contains 25 of my favourite recipes- most of them with simple, cheap ingredients. I’ve done my best to write clear instructions for each recipe so I hope they’ll be easy for you to make too, even if you’re a beginner vegan baker.

I hope you like the recipes and if you make any of them, please do leave a comment to let me know how you get on. I’d love to hear your feedback! Enjoy!

Victoria Sponge Cake

A delicious sponge cake sandwiched together with dairy-free buttercream and strawberry jam. Add a dusting of icing sugar on top for a simple yet elegant and popular dessert!
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Vegan Sponge Cake With Buttercream And Jam In The Middle

Sticky Toffee Pudding

A rich, decadent sticky date pudding topped with homemade sweet toffee sauce. This is one of my favourite vegan British desserts, especially when warmed up with some dairy-free ice cream!
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vegan sticky toffee pudding

Banoffee Pie

A crunchy Digestive biscuit crust filled with banana slices, homemade vegan caramel and dairy-free whipped cream. The combination of the bananas and the caramel is out of this world!
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Close Up of Banoffee Pie

Scones

Classic scones with a soft, fluffy centre and slightly crunchy on the outside. Serve these with dairy-free butter or cream and your favourite jam.
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Thumbnail Image Of Scone On A Plate

Eton Mess

Thought you couldn't have meringue without eggs? Think again! This Eton mess recipe uses homemade eggless pavlova pieces, swirled together with strawberries, strawberry sauce and whipped cream. A British classic that's perfect for summer or Valentine's Day.
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Vegan Eton Mess In A Jar

Lemon Drizzle Loaf

Nothing says British dessert more than a good old lemon drizzle cake, am I right?! This loaf is light and fluffy, topped with a lemon-sugar drizzle and a zesty icing.
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Cherry Bakewell Tart

This Bakewell tart can be enjoyed with a dusting of icing sugar or you can add some simple water icing for an extra touch of sweetness. It's made up of shortcrust pastry, cherry conserve and eggless almond frangipane.
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Custard

Custard can be enjoyed in a bowl as a dessert on its own, or you can pour it over your favourite sweet treat. This goes really well with Bakewell tart, school dinner cake and apple crumble- all of which are also linked on this page!
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A Spoonful Of Vegan Custard

Apple Crumble

Sweetly spiced, gooey apples topped with a crumbly streusel topping. This is another great one for serving warm, especially with vegan custard!
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Custard Creams

The classic, crunchy, custard-flavoured biscuit without the dairy. Vegan-friendly custard creams are quite hard to come by in the supermarkets but it's super easy to make your own!
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Fruit Scones

These scones are made with raisins but you can use any kind of dried fruit you like. They'd make a cute addition to any afternoon tea.
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Macaroon Bars

These macaroon bars are traditionally Scottish and although you'd never know, the fondant filling is made with mashed potatoes! Creamy fondant covered with dairy-free chocolate and toasted coconut.
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Strawberry Trifle

This trifle is made up of layers of vegan vanilla cake, strawberry jam, fresh strawberries, vegan custard and dairy-free whipped cream. You can make each layer from scratch or buy ready-made products for ease.
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Vegan Strawberry Trifle In A Glass Bowl

Shortbread

Crumbly, crunchy shortbread that can be cut into shapes or classic fingers- the choice is yours!
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Creme Eggs

Chocolate Creme Eggs filled with fondant, just like the Cadbury version, but without the dairy. You can use vegan milk or white chocolate to coat the fondant, depending on which you prefer.
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two halves of a vegan Creme Egg with the fondant in the center showing

School Dinner Cake

If you had school dinners back in the day, you'll remember this ever-popular retro sprinkle cake. It's a super easy recipe with simple ingredients and it's always popular at parties!
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Jam and Coconut Cake

Just like the sprinkle cake, this jam and coconut cake was also a popular school dinner dessert. It's a fluffy vanilla sheet cake topped with strawberry jam and desiccated coconut.
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Tablet

Scottish tablet is quite similar to fudge but it's more of a grainy texture and it melts in your mouth! It's a super sweet treat so you'll only need a small pieces! It's great to serve alongside tea or coffee.
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Viennese Whirls

Despite the name, Viennese whirls are actually a British biscuit, although they are said to have been inspired by Austrian biscuits. These vegan ones consist of 2 swirled shortbread rounds that are sandwiched together with dairy-free buttercream and strawberry jam.
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Thumbnail Image of dairy-free Viennese whirls in a small pile

Strawberry Tarts

If you pop into any bakery in the UK you'll probably see these strawberry tarts. This vegan version uses dairy-free cream and homemade shortcrust pastry.
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mini strawberry tart with a strawberry on top

Rice Crispy Cakes

A childhood party classic! You'll only need 4 simple ingredients to make them and 10 minutes to put them together. Super easy!
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Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are usually a popular dessert at Easter but you can enjoy these homemade ones any time you like! Made with a sweet apricot glaze, they're delicious served warm with some vegan butter.
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A Plate Full Of Vegan Hot Cross Buns

Jaffa Cakes

Is it a cake or a biscuit? The debate rages on! Regular Jaffa Cakes contain milk and eggs but now you can make your own vegan ones at home. A small sponge cake topped with a zingy orange filling and dark chocolate.
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2 Vegan Jaffa Cakes

Gingernut Biscuits

Vegan-friendly biscuits made with golden syrup and ginger. A crunchy, sweet, spicy treat that's perfect for dunking into hot drinks.
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Millionaire’s Shortbread

Another bakery re-make! This is made with a crumbly shortbread base, a gooey caramel filling and sweet chocolate topping.
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I hope you enjoyed this list of vegan British desserts. Leave a comment below to let me know which one is your favourite. Happy baking! xo

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