A picture of cake after sitting in the fridge for 10 minutes to let frosting set.

How to make an allergen-free birthday cake (Vegan)

They say it’s your birthday…

My sister’s to be exact. If you’ve been following my blog for any time (or you know, read the Who Am I? page), you’ll know that my sister is gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free per her doctor’s orders. That obviously makes things tricky on any occasion, a birthday celebration is even harder.

Some cake mixes are gluten and/or dairy free, but still had soy (like many gluten-free products do). Lo and behold, Namaste Foods has a cake mix that’s free from top allergens! When I say free from top allergens, there are 14 (!) allergens that their products are free from.

A pic of the allergens that are not in Namaste Food products
Namaste Foods is free from top allergens…14 of them to be exact.


Nikki chose their Spice Cake Mix. Usually when you think of spice cakes, you associate it with cream cheese.  We’ve yet to find a cream cheese frosting that meets Nikki’s requirements. Frosting options seem to be even more limited than cake mix options. After doing some research, she came across Simple Mills . If you’re not familiar with their products, they are gluten-, soy-, and grain-free while also being paleo friendly and contain no GMOs. Simple Mills has a new vanilla frosting. Not only does it meet all of Nikki’s requirements, but it’s free of corn, gums and emulsifiers.

You’re making a cake, what about eggs? We don’t need traditional eggs, silly. Another company that is found in this house is Follow Your Heart. This company makes a variety products including Vegan Gourmet Dairy Alternatives, such as Vegenaise, and natural and organic salad dressings. One of their new products is VeganEgg, a 100% plant-based egg replacer.

To make 1 VeganEgg:

-2 level tbsp. VeganEgg

-1/2 c ice cold water

-whisk vigorously

Pro Tip #1: Want fluffier eggs? Use a blender.

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So now you have your cake mix, egg replacement, and frosting. You’ll also need oil (we used coconut oil).


Namaste Foods cake mix

4 eggs/egg replacer

2/3 c oil

A picture with ingredients for a dietary-restriction friendly cake.
These three ingredients will make a two layer cake.


-Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

-Lightly grease pans

-Combine 4 eggs/ egg replacer, 3/4 c water, and 2/3 c oil

-Add cake mix and blend well.

**This is for a 2 layer cake. For a single 9″ round or 8″ square pan, use 2 eggs/egg replacer, 2 1/2 cups cake mix, 1/3 cup of oil, and 1/3 cup of water.**

Bake time:

8″ or 9″: 25-35 minutes

9″ x 13″: 35-40 minutes

Cupcakes: 20-25 minutes

If you’d like to make it a carrot cake (we did): Fold in 1 cup of shredded carrot (Optional: a handful of nuts, raisins, or currants) after blending. **UPDATE: Make sure you store your cake properly. After 2-3 days, the carrots on the bottom layer started to turn moldy. It could also be that the carrots were going bad when the cake was made.**


*Spice Cake Mix

Per 1/16 pkg. (46 g mix)

Servings per container: 16

Calories: 140

Fat: 0 g

Saturated/Trans: 0 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 210 mg

Carbs: 37 g

Fiber: 0 g

Sugars: 20 g

Protein: 1 g


*Vanilla frosting

Serving size: 2 Tbsp (22g)

Calories: 140

Total Fat: 11g

Saturated Fat: 6g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 40 mg

Total Carbs: 10g

Dietary Fiber: 0 g

Sugars: 8g

Protein: 0 g



A picture of two cakes in 9" inch pans in the oven.
Patty-cake, patty-cake, bake me a cake.


A pic of two 9" inch cakes cooling off.
Waiting is the hardest part


Pro Tip #2: Put frosting in the microwave for 30 seconds (adjust as you see fit) to loosen icing to make it easier to spread.

A picture of a 2 layer cake with vanilla frosting.
Mmmm, frosting.


Put the cake in the fridge for a minimum of 10 minutes to let frosting set.


A picture of cake after sitting in the fridge for 10 minutes to let frosting set.
It’s almost ready!


Verdict: The birthday cake is very good! My mom, sister, and I all approve!

A picture of a slice of Carrot Spice Cake.
Yes, that’s Ariel on the plate. Wanna fight about it?


A pic of a carrot cake with slices missing.
So yummy!

If you liked this recipe, you may also like Quick Meal: Easy & Cheezy (Mac) for the Dietary-Conscious, How to Make Dietary Restriction Friendly Penne Pasta, and Tacos for the Dietary-Conscious Eater.

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