Independence Day Sponge Cake with Strawberries

Independence day cake

Independence Day Sponge Cake with Strawberries


To celebrate the 4th July I’ve made this EPIC Independence Day Sponge Cake with coconut cream and strawberries. Celebrate in style, without gluten, refined sugar and dairy!

Serves 8 Ready in 60 minutes Good For


Preheat the oven to 160 C

Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add in the eggs one by one and the milk. Slowly add in the flour and baking powder. Zest the lemon and stir in with the vanilla until fully combined.

Pour into a medium greased cake tin and bake for 40 minutes until cooked through.

To make the whipped coconut cream open the coconut milk and scoop out the cream on the top, whip the coconut cream until it starts to get light and fluffy. Add the honey and whip again. Place the cake in the fridge to cool down.

Once the cake is out and cooled spread the top of the cake with the coconut icing (make sure it is cool) then top with strawberries or other fruit.


  • Madeleine Shaw

    It would be better kept in an airtight container for 3 days my lovely xx

  • Tess Collins

    Hi Maddy! This looks AMAZING and I want to make it for my boyfriend’s birthday on Monday. However, my funds are a bit low at the minute, could I swap in the coconut sugar for honey, sweetener, or a cheaper alternative? Would I also be able to use rice flour instead of buckwheat? Thanks! xxx

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Hello lovely, yes of course xx

  • James Peril

    Why is this recipe in the vegan section? Vegans don’t do eggs…

    • Madeleine Shaw

      So sorry about this, changing it now! Thanks so much for letting me know xx

  • disqus_8K9YDxszU1

    Hello! I have just bought both your books and love them! Cannot wait to start making so many yummy recipes! I was wondering what coconut oil you use? I’ve been looking and getting vey confused by them all and I want to buy the right one that has all the wonderful health benefits :) if you could let me know your faves and where you get them from that would be so so great!
    Also if you had to pick one flour to get what would it be? I’m on a student budget and can’t justify spending money on four different flours :p If you had to pick the best all rounder what would it be?
    Thanks ever so much!

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Hello lovely, I use a fairtrade organic extra virgin coconut oil. Tiana is a great brand xx

  • Terri

    Hi Madeleine, this looks yummy but doesn’t spelt contain gluten? Thanks. Terri.

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Hi Terri, apologies yes spelt does contain gluten! Thank you for flagging this up, will change it asap! xx

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