Lactose-free Fraisier

Lactose-free Fraisier

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Our recipe for lactose-free Fraisier is all you need if you are looking for a sweet, fresh, and incomparably delicious showstopper of a cake to treat your guests with. The strawberry Fraisier is a long-lived dessert tradition in France. Now, you can don your best-looking French chef hat and try your hand at this truly magnificent cake in a lactose-free version.


  • Preheat the oven to 170°.
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper and prepare a baking ring about 22 cm in diameter.
  • Beat egg whites until frothy. Add sugar and beat further until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold in flour and ground almonds. Pour the batter into the baking tray and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Cut the vanilla pod open and scrape out the seeds. Heat lactose-free milk, sugar, vanilla seeds, and custard powder in a saucepan over low heat until thickened. Pour into a deep dish and let it cool.
  • Beat margarine and sugar until fluffy. Add the cooled custard powder mixture and beat until airy.
  • Bring water to a boil with 120 g sugar. Heat until it reaches 121°C.
  • Meanwhile, beat egg whites with remaining sugar until stiff. Carefully add the sugar syrup while whisking. Continue until firm, white peaks form and the mixture has cooled down.
  • Combine the custard powder mixture and the egg whites and sugar mixture. Fill into a piping bag and leave in the fridge.
Assembling the cake
  • Halve strawberries and cut 2 circles from the cake using the baking ring.
  • Line the baking ring with plastic wrap and place one of the cake circles in it.
  • Arrange strawberries with the flat side against the edge of the baking ring.
  • Pipe the cream around the strawberries and in a thin layer over the bottom of the cake.
  • Spread out the remaining strawberries (save some for decoration) and add the rest of the cream. Place the second cake circle on top of the cream and press well. Leave to set in the fridge.
  • Before serving, carefully remove the baking ring, dust with icing sugar, and garnish with strawberries.

It is important to let the cake rest in the fridge – at least 2 hours but preferably overnight. This allows the cream to set and the flavours to meld together. It also makes it easier for the cake to hold its shape when you cut it.

Questions about lactose-free Fraisier

Keep reading to get to know everything about the French strawberry cake so you can make a beautiful lactose-free Fraisier cake yourself.

What is a lactose-free Fraisier cake?
Dating back to the 19th century in France, the Fraisier cake is a staple in French patisseries. Its name comes from the French word for strawberry: fraise. Traditionally, a Fraisier has a light sponge bottom, a smooth cream filling, and, you guessed it, a lot of strawberries. They are arranged all around the cake creating the characteristic Fraisier look. In our lactose-free version, you make the same, authentic, traditional cake – just with ingredients like milk and margarine without lactose.
How long will a lactose-free Fraisier cake keep?
Our lactose-free Fraisier cake will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge. Store it in an airtight container to maintain its freshness and keep it from drying out. You can take off the strawberries on top while you store the cake and store these in their own container. We recommend enjoying the cake within a few days for the best taste and texture.
Can you freeze lactose-free Fraisier cake?
Yes, you can freeze a lactose-free Fraisier cake. However, it might change the texture, especially because of the fresh strawberries, which may change when it thaws. If you do decide to freeze it, it will keep for 1-2 months when wrapped in cling film. Note that the longer you keep it frozen, the bigger the risk that it loses some texture and taste when thawed. Thaw it in the fridge overnight before enjoying it.


Egg whites
300 g
70 g
60 g
Ground almonds
300 g
Vanilla pod
Lactose-free semi-skimmed milk
200 g
20 g
Custard powder (note: may contain traces of milk)
20 g
Vegetable margarine
200 g
Brown sugar
70 g
40 g
150 g
Egg whites
75 g
500 g
Icing sugar for decorating

Impress friends and family with a beautiful Fraisier cake without lactose

With a beautiful lactose-free Fraisier cake, impressing your friends and family will be the easiest thing in the world. Stunning red strawberries demand the spotlight when arranged around the edge of the cake, while the mouth-watering cream filling makes it even more irresistible, especially when placed on a light sponge bottom. Together, it makes up a delectable dessert fit for French royalty, which means that you and your closest should prepare yourself for a fresh, sweet, and utterly irresistible dessert.

Same results in flavour, texture, and appearance

A traditional French strawberry Fraisier cake is light and airy with a creamy filling and fresh berries. It carries a lot of traditions and expectations, and our lactose-free version lives up to all of them. The bottom is cloud-like light and the creamy filling with hints of vanilla is made with lactose-free milk and vegetable margarine to ensure a fluffy texture that invites everyone to enjoy a piece. With the fresh strawberries, you will welcome every bite and probably ask for more.

If you are still in need of a strawberry fix, consider a refreshing lactose-free strawberry popsicle for a light and tasty treat. Or maybe you want to add a fresh fruit and berry boost to your morning or afternoon with a lactose-free banana and raspberry smoothie.