Dark Chocolate, Gluten Free, Recipes

Cherry & Chocolate Sponge

An easy sponge cake recipe is my go to for a quick pud for Sunday dinners. This chocolate sponge recipe is one of those recipes I just love to make, as it is so reminiscent of school dinner days and home cooked, hearty food. Asked to shake it up a little for a dairy and gluten free option, I felt I needed to try adding a touch of something extra, to ensure there wasn’t that gluten free kind of aftertaste I often find. Using individual pudding/flan dishes made the presentation a little more special, and of course you can always add a dollop of dairy free ice cream for that extra pizazz. So, here is my home cooked version of a cherry and chocolate sponge with a rich dark chocolate sauce.

Cherry & Chocolate Sponge



For the sponge:

  • 225g Vitalite Margarine
  • 225g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 220g Self Raising Gluten Free Flour
  • 2tsp Baking Powder
  • 50g Cocoa Powder
  • 4 Free-range Eggs
  • 1 Tin of Cherry Pie Filling (I used Princes)

For the dark chocolate sauce:

  • 150g 80% Uganda Dark Chocolate (I used our Ugandan 80% due to its high cocoa content and strong flavour profile, however I’ve also made this with our 60% Classic Dark Chocolate Bar and it was just as delicious, but not as dark)
  • 75g Vitalite Non Dairy Spread
  • 375ml Alpro Soya Cream (or other non-dairy alternative)
  • 3tbsp Golden Caster Sugar
  • 3tbsp Brandy or Rum (this is optional)



  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line the bases of 12 x 8-10cm tins with baking paper. I simply used muffin cases flattened out in the base of the tins and it worked really effectively.
  • Put the vitalite and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add the beaten  eggs, flour, and baking powder and beat for a further 2 minutes, or until nicely blended.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between the required number of tins, creating a slight dent in the middle of each. Add a spoon of the cherry pie filling into each dent (my 10cm tins made 12 individual pudds).
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes (the tops of the cakes should spring back when pressed lightly). Leave the cakes for a couple of minutes then turn the cakes out onto your serving plates.
  • Break up the bars of chocolate and pop into a microwave suitable bowl. Heat in short bursts, stirring  in between bursts until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Heat the butter, cream, sugar, and brandy (if using) in a saucepan until combined. Then take off the heat, and stir the melted chocolate into the pan, stirring until smooth (which can take a couple of minutes).
  • Peel of the paper cases from your cakes, and serve with your chocolate sauce.

Get your Ingredients…

80% Uganda Dark Chocolate Bar

80% Uganda Dark Chocolate

80% Uganda is a strong, dark and earthy origin chocolate; with smoked cocoa flavours, and a subtle acidity, it’s best enjoyed little by little to really savour it’s distinctive profile.