Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate and Berry Celebration Cake

serves / makes 8

60 prep time
20 mins cooking time


If you are just gluten free you can easily buy these chocolate cigarillos online.  If you are dairy free as well then some stores have dark chocolate cigarillos that don’t contain milk but I couldn’t find any without a may contain warning so I made my own.  Rather than trying to explain how I made them I thought it best to check out the options for how these are made in this handy guide:


For the chocolate sponge:

  • 250g dairy free spread
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 190g gluten free self raising flour
  • 35g gluten and dairy free cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 30g ground rice
  • 3 tablespoon dairy free milk

For the frosting:

  • 225g icing sugar
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 125g dairy free spread
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 2 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • handful of strawberries
  • handful of blueberries
  • handful of raspberries
  • 75 dairy free chocolate cigarillos (see note in description)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 oC
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition
  4. Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder and ground rice and beat well to combine
  5. Add the milk and mix in
  6. Line two 8 inch round baking pans
  7. Divide the cake mixture between the two tins
  8. Smooth out the top of the cakes with a spatula
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes
  10. Remove the cakes from the oven and cake pans and allow to cool on a wire rack
  11. Make the frosting by beating together the dairy free spread, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and icing sugar
  12. Use the raspberry jam to sandwich the cakes together
  13. Cover the top and sides of the cake with the chocolate frosting
  14. Gently press the cigarillos into the side of the cake so they form a collar all the way round
  15. Allow to set in the fridge for an hour
  16. Decorate the top with the raspberries, strawberries and blueberries