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Vegan Jam and Coconut Sponge

Strawberry jam and coconut sponge cake just like the old-school dessert!

Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan
Keyword vegan jam and coconut cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 270 kcal


  • 250 ml Unsweetened soy milk (1 cup)
  • 2 Teaspoons Apple cider vinegar (you can use white vinegar or lemon juice instead)
  • 230 g Self-raising flour (1+¾ cups)
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • 180 g Caster sugar (¾ cup + 2 tablespoons)
  • 95 ml Sunflower or rapeseed oil (⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla extract

To top:

  • 200 g Strawberry jam (⅝ cups)
  • 50 g Desiccated coconut (~¾ cup)


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F (or 160°C/325°F if you're using a fan or convection oven). Line an 8x10" tray with baking paper.

  2. Mix the soy milk with the apple cider vinegar and set aside for 5 minutes. This will act as your vegan buttermilk.

  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and caster sugar.

  4. Add the buttermilk to the bowl along with the oil and vanilla extract. Mix well until you have a smooth cake batter.

  5. Transfer the cake batter into your lined tin and spread it out evenly. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick through the centre comes out clean.

  6. Let the cake cool in the tin for around 20 minutes, then flip it out onto a wire rack. Peel off the baking paper and leave the cake to cool completely.

  7. Once the cake is cool, spread over the strawberry jam then sprinkle over the desiccated coconut. Cut into 12 square slices and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • Strawberry jam can be substituted for raspberry jam if preferred. 
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Jam and Coconut Sponge
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Sodium 38mg2%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 3g6%
* All values are an estimate only and will vary depending on the food brands used.