This allergy free birthday cake is an absolute essential recipe for those of us who are eating with food allergies. These cupcakes are dairy, egg, wheat, soy, peanut, and tree nut free and really quick and easy to make. Even better – you can find all of the ingredients needed to make them at the regular grocery store! Jump to the recipe
The recipe is just one of many versions of wacky cake. What’s wacky cake you ask? It’s a type cake that was created during the Great Depression. During that time, of course, money was scarce. Making a cake with eggs and butter was a bit too extravagant during those times. So, wacky cake was born!
The clever bakers responsible for wacky cake probably had no idea that the cake would be a go-to for those of us avoiding eggs and dairy.
Gluten free flour was probably not used during those times but it turns out it works well in wacky cake. You can use any type of gluten free flour – if you need a recipe to make your own, visit the wheat substitutes page.
Of course, you can make this allergy free birthday cake on any number of occasions – it’s not just for birthdays! When my kids were little, we always had cupcakes in the freezer for various occasions. If there was a last minute birthday party invitation or school celebration, I just pulled out a cupcake, put some frosting and sprinkles on it, and sent them (child and cupcake) on their way!
Whether you’re celebrating another year, a holiday, or just need a yummy treat, this birthday cake will fit the bill!
A recipe for allergy friendly birthday cake that is dairy free, egg free, soy free, wheat/gluten free, peanut free, and tree nut free.
- 1 cup white rice flour
- 1/3 cup potato starch not potato flour
- 3 tablespoons tapioca starch
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon vinegar any variety will do
- 5 tablespoons canola oil
- 1-1/4 cup cold water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Add the vanilla extract, vinegar, canola oil and water. Mix well.
Nutrition Facts- Serving size: 1 cupcake or slice, calories: 165, fat calories: 54, total fat: 6 grams, saturated fat: 0.6 g, cholesterol: 0 g, sodium: 204 mg, total carbs: 28, fiber: 1 g, sugar: 17 g, protein: 1.5 g