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June 26, 2023 5 min read

 

Birthdays are undoubtedly a special occasion, and no celebration is complete without a delicious cake. However, for people with dairy allergies or lactose intolerance, finding a cake that they can enjoy can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are many dairy-free options available that are just as delicious and indulgent as traditional cakes.

In this blog, we'll explore some of the best dairy-free cake recipes, as well as some tips for baking and decorating a dairy-free birthday cake that everyone will enjoy.

 

Dairy-Free Birthday Cake Recipes

 

There are many dairy-free cake recipes available that are both delicious and easy to make. Here are a few ideas:

 

1) Chocolate Cake

 

 chocolate cake

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This dairy-free chocolate cake recipe uses coconut oil and almond milk in place of dairy products. It's moist, rich, and chocolaty, perfect for a special occasion.

 

Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour or Gluten-Free Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla extract, white vinegar, and melted coconut oil.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients while adding the wet ingredients.
  5. Add the almond milk while mixing the batter until it's smooth.
  6. In the prepared cake pan, pour the cake batter, and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Let the cake cool completely before frosting and decorating.

 

2) Vanilla Cake

 

 vanilla cake

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This dairy-free vanilla cake recipe uses applesauce and almond milk instead of eggs and dairy milk. It's light and fluffy, with a delicate vanilla flavor that pairs well with any frosting.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup Dairy-Free Milk (Almond Milk, Soy Milk, or Oat Milk)
  • 1/3 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, salt, flour, and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond milk, melted coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients while adding the wet ingredients.
  5. In the prepared cake pan, pour the cake batter, and bake for 25 minutes.
  6. Let the cake cool completely before frosting and decorating.

 

3) Lemon Cake

 

 lemon cake with powdered sugar

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This lemon cake is light, fluffy, and bursting with fresh lemon flavor. The combination of dairy-free butter and canned coconut milk gives the cake layers a rich and moist texture, while the lemon zest and juice add a bright and tangy note.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 Cup Dairy-Free Butter, Softened
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
  • 1/2 Cup Canned Coconut Milk
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease two 8-inch cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the baking powder, sugar, salt, and flour.
  3. In a separate bowl, blend the softened dairy-free butter and sugar until frothy.
  4. Add the lemon zest, canned coconut milk, lemon juice, eggs, and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
  5. Combine the dry ingredients while adding the wet ingredients.
  6. To make two layers of cake, divide the mixture equally between the two prepared cake pans.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until ready.
  8. Before icing and decorating, let the cake layers cool completely on a wire rack for 5 minutes in the pans.

 

4) Carrot Cake

 

 carrot cake with frosting

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This carrot cake is moist and flavorful. The dairy-free milk adds a creamy texture to the batter, while the grated carrots and chopped walnuts provide a delicious crunch. You can frost the cake with your favorite dairy-free frosting and decorate it with edible flowers, shredded coconut, or a drizzle of caramel sauce.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 Cup Grated Carrots
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts (Optional)

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, grated carrots, and applesauce.
  4. Combine the dry ingredients while adding the wet ingredients.
  5. Stir in the chopped walnuts, if using.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Let the cake cool completely before frosting and decorating.

 

Tips for Baking and Decorating a Dairy-Free Cake

 

Baking a dairy-free cake is not much different from baking a traditional cake. Here are some tips to help you out:

 

1) Choose the Right Frosting

 

 chocolate frosting

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Traditional buttercream frosting is not an option for those with dairy allergies or lactose intolerance. However, there are several dairy-free frosting options to consider, such as vegan buttercream, coconut whipped cream, and dairy-free cream cheese frosting. Choose one that complements the flavor of your cake.

 

2) Experiment With Flavors

 

 different ingredients for a cake

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Dairy-free cakes can be just as delicious as traditional cakes, so don't be afraid to experiment with different flavors and ingredients. Try adding spices, or nuts to your cake recipes to give them a unique taste.

 

3) Decorate With Dairy-Free Toppings

 

 sprinkles shaped in a heart shape

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Just like with the frosting, choose dairy-free toppers for your cake. Fresh fruit, dairy-free chocolate chips, or dairy-free sprinkles are all great options.

 

4) Use High-Quality Ingredients

 

 ingredients for a chocolate cake

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When it comes to making a dairy-free cake, the quality of the ingredients used can significantly impact the taste and texture of the final product. Using fresh, organic ingredients can enhance the flavor of your cake and make it more moist and flavorful.

 

Summary

 

A dairy-free birthday cake is a great way to celebrate a special occasion without compromising your health. With dairy-free substitutes, you can create a delicious and indulgent cake that everyone can enjoy. Whether you prefer a classic chocolate cake or a flavorful carrot cake, the options are endless.

To make your dairy-free cake even more special, consider decorating it with a Pepe Nero baking decorating kit. Pepe Nero offers a complete set of high-quality baking tools, including frosting piping tips, fondant tools, and a cake turntable. With this kit, you can create a stunning and professional-looking cake that will wow your guests and make your celebration even more memorable. Shop with us today!


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