Fat Free and Reduced Sugar Sponge Cake

An easy Fat Free Sponge Cake. Slimming World and Weight Watchers friendly! Please note although there is no butter or margerine in this cake, there is a small amount of fat from the eggs.

Fat Free Sponge Cake


You really can have your cake and eat it with this fat free sponge cake! This easy recipe is perfect for people following Slimming World or Weight Watchers, or just generally watching their weight.

Fat Free Sponge Cake sandwiched with jam


I used a stevia sugar substitute
which you can find in most major supermarkets these days. Stevia is a herb, grown in South America that has incredibly sweet leaves, it's 200-300 times sweeter than sugar which means you only need to use half as much.

If you would prefer to use normal caster sugar, please feel free, and I give the amounts for both stevia and caster sugar in the recipe card below.

Fat Free Sponge Cake close up


The end result obviously isn't going to match up with a full fat, full sugar version of a Victoria Sponge, but for anyone on a diet or watching their fat and sugar intake, it's not a half bad alternative.

The sponge is a lot drier than normal full fat sponge cakes (because it has no butter), so the sponge wont keep for very long (2 days max). 

Fat Free Sponge cake with piece cut out

To finish, I filled the sponge with a reduced sugar Strawberry Jam, which made it even healthier, but you could use ordinary jam if you preferred. Raspberry or blueberry jams would work well too.

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Fat Free Sponge Cake


Serve the sponge cake with some fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries or even a homemade fruit compote.

A dollop of fat free natural yogurt served with the cake, would transform it into a healthy dessert.

Fat Free Sponge Cake on a plate


Step 1: Weigh out all of your ingredients needed for this fat free sponge (details can be found in the recipe card below).

Ingredients for fat free sponge cake

Step 2: Sieve the cornflour, plain flour and self raising flour 3 times to aerate it. Don't skip on this step! You need to sieve 3 times!

Flour in bowl

Step 3: In a standing mixer beat the eggs, stevia or sugar (whichever you are using) and vanilla extract, for 8 minutes until tripled in volume. You can use a hand held electric whisk if you prefer.

Eggs and sugar

Step 4: Now its time to combine the egg mixture with the flour. You need to fold it in gently to keep the air in the mixture.

Whisked eggs and sugar

Step 5: Pour into 2 lined 20cm (8inch) round cake tins* and bake for 20 minutes.

Cake mixture in tins

Step 6: Once out of the oven, leave to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.

Cakes on cooling rack

Step 7: Now it's time to assemble you cake. Put one of the cakes on a round serving plate...

Cake being assembled

Step 8: ….and spread the jam over the top of it.

cake spread with jam

Step 9: Carefully place the other cake on top. Dust with icing sugar if you wish.

Fat Free sponge on serving plate

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Fat free sponge cake with icing sugar

If you'd like to try this fat free sponge cake, then read on for the recipe in full.

step by step fat free victoria sponge cake

Fat Free Sponge Cake
Yield: 8 Slices
Author: Beth Sachs

Fat Free Sponge Cake

Fat Free Sponge Cake

Prep time: 15 MCook time: 20 MTotal time: 35 M
This easy fat free sponge cake recipe is perfect for people following Slimming World or Weight Watchers, or just generally watching their weight.


  • 50g Cornflour
  • 50g Plain Flour
  • 50g Self Raising Flour
  • 4 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 80g Stevia or 150g Caster Sugar
  • 1/2 a jar of Jam
  • Icing Sugar for dusting


  1. Grease and line two 20cm sandwich tins. Preheat the oven to 180°c/160°fan.
  2. Sift the flours together 3 times to aerate.
  3. In a standing mixer beat together the eggs, vanilla extract and sugar for 8-10 minutes until tripled in volume.
  4. Fold the flours into the egg mixture and divide between the two tins.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and then turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack.
  6. Spread the jam over one of the bases, then place the other sponge cake on top. Sieve over icing sugar to serve.
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  1. What about the fat in the egg yolks?

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  3. So, perhaps shouldn't have called it fat free but reduced fat!!

  4. Looks very yummy! Any idea how it stacks up (cals) against full fat, full sugar version? Love the half sugar idea - that has a lot of applications in my household!

  5. Do you think you got the same volume and texture of cake as when using ordinary sugar? I have some of the Light at Heart to try, but I've read that you can only reduce sugar by about 20% before it affects the volume and texture of cakes.

  6. I would say that it didn't rise as much as my usual Victoria sponge but it certainly wasn't flat. I beat the eggs and the sugar for 10 minutes to try and get as much air in as possible....seemed to do the trick.

    Stickyfingers - I guess it would be minus all the calories from the butter. A cake this size would usually have 200g of butter so around 1500 calories and 80g of sugar which would be about 350 calories

  7. well still looks rather yummy! is that your new camera in action? great shot!

  8. Hi Fiona
    - yep new camera...getting there slowly!!

  9. this recipe fits perfect for my sisters no fat dietry requirement, looks like she may get that birthday cake in April after all !

    thanks will be giving this recipe a go soon.

  10. With a blog called "Jam and Clotted Cream" and you STILL hope to get into your bikini in February - respect!! Think you could work your magic on brownies too?

  11. Its' funny you should mention Brownies Claire...they are next on my hit list

  12. The cake certainly looks light and airy Beth, I wouldn't mind a slice now with a cuppa!

  13. I have just joined a cake club (formed by people at work who adore cake) I have also recently gone on a healthy eating kick (diet but if I dont say the word apparently I'm not deprived!!!!) so I cant wait to try this cake out. Thanks for the thought provocation too the grey cells are buzzing with other ideas now!

  14. This is the perfect thing to make for my friend. She just underwent a liposuction Orange County. Thanks for the awesome recipe!