Apr 30, 2012

Dairy and soy free recipes are not on most kids favorite list. However, for children who are lactose intolerant, it is important to make sure that you prepare a birthday cake that they can enjoy. Here is a simple and tempting 1st birthday cake recipe that is dairy and soy free that you can prepare at home using simple ingredients.

On your shopping list for the chocolate cake recipe and dairy free frosting:


Rice flour - 2 cups

Cocoa powder - 1 cup

Baking powder - 1 tablespoon

A pinch of salt

Dairy and soy free shortening - 1 cups

Sugar - 2 cups

Eggs - 4

Almond or rice milk - 1 cups

Maple syrup or mixed fruit jam - cup

Vanilla essence - 1 teaspoon


Powdered sugar - 2 cups (you can use confectioner's sugar also)

Dairy free margarine - cup

Almond milk - cup

Cocoa powder - cup

Vanilla essence - teaspoon


Piping bag

Mixed fruit jam

Edible silver balls and colored chocolate gems

Edible sugar toppings

Cake recipe:

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Grease a 9 inch baking pan and set aside.

In a deep bowl, stir the eggs and add the sugar and shortening. To mix it well use an electric blender until all the ingredients are mixed and you get a fluffy, soft texture.

and then add the maple syrup, vanilla essence and almond milk, and blend well on moderate speed. You will get a slightly frothy mix.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt, and keep aside.

Now add the flour and baking powder mixture and blend on medium speed to get a cake batter consistent.

Pour the batter in the greased cake tin (you can add some roasted almonds on top if you like).

Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.

Take the cake out of the pan and let it cool on the wire rack while you prepare the frosting.

For the frosting:

Over a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips with dairy free margarine.

Remove from the heat, add the icing sugar and let it dissolve.

Add almond milk, vanilla essence and cocoa powder and mix well. If the frosting is too thick then add a little more almond milk.

Decorating and assembling the cake:

Slice the cake in two even layers horizontally.

Spread the frosting on the bottom layer of the cake and put the top layer on it.

Cover the cake with the rest of the frosting.

Put the mixed fruit jam in the piping bag and decorate the cake.

Top with chocolate gems and edible sliver sugar balls in any design you like.

Arrange the edible sugar toppings (which all children love) on and around the cake.

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