Need a milk free birthday cake/icing recipe

Christina - posted on 05/06/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




My lil guys 1st birthday is coming up in June. Unfortunately he has an allergy to all cow/goat milk products. I am going to have to make the birthday cake as it is hard to find a bakery that makes a cake without using milk or butter and that does not over charge for it. I need a recipe for a birthday cake and icing. Preferable a vanilla cake but open to other suggestions.

I have found a few recipes online but was hoping to get one from someone who has actually made one and tasted it!

I was also wondering what brands of milk free alternatives you have found in general for your other baking and cooking needs. Ie; margarine, chocolate, ice cream etc.

I am on a bit of a budget financially as well as a time budget so please keep that in mind when posting your recipes! Thanks so much! It is certainly appreciated!


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I make this cake every bday for both my kids with a milk allergy. It is soooo good! Any wacky cake should be milk free and they are inexpensive. Good luck!


1 1/2 cup flour (see below for gf options)

3 Tbsp cocoa powder (optional)

1 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp vinegar

5 Tbsp oil

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup water


Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.

Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl and stir to combine.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until you get a smooth batter. Do not beat.

Pour into greased and floured pan (8" square or 9" round) or 12 cupcakes. Bake in oven until tests done - about 35 minutes for cake, about 20 minutes for cupcakes.


Wacky Cake is a classic recipe from the depression era because of the rationing of butter and eggs. The original recipe I saw mixed it right in the pan. You mix the dry ingredients, make 3 holes and pour the wet ingredients in. You can not screw this up. I even accidentally left out the oil one time and they were still OK - a bit dense, but OK. I've made it in several versions and even gluten-free.

The vinegar cannot be omitted, unless another acid ingredient (see below orange or lemon alternative flavors) is substituted, since the acid is crucial to making this rise.


Vanilla: omit cocoa. Double amount of vanilla.

Spice: omit cocoa. Add 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice.

Orange: omit cocoa & vinegar. Substitute orange juice for the water.

Lemon: omit cocoa. Substitute lemon juice for vinegar. Some lemon extract can be added.

Jessica - posted on 07/23/2009




Try Duncan Hines. My son is lactose intolerant and that's what I have to use for him

Tina - posted on 05/26/2009




Look for Pamela's Products: you can find them in the organic/natural section of Kroger, or at specialty stores such as Whole Foods. You can sub almond, rice, or soymilk for the milk called for in the recipe, and Earth Balance is a good butter sub., as long as your guy isn't allergic to soy. I use the cake and icing for every cake I do - they are delicious, and you'd never know they didn't have wheat or cow's milk in them. Hope this helps! And don't despair: this does get easier!!!


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Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2009




I was looking for a cake recipe too. But I found that you can substitute the butter with Blue Bonnet light margarine, Smart Balance light margarine, or Earth Balance margarine (best for baking). None of them contain milk! Hope this helps ya..

Patty - posted on 05/14/2009




HI my son turned 1 in Feb. He is allergic to dairy, soy, peanuts, peas, pork and tree nuts. I made the wacky cake recipe. You can make it vanilla or chocolate. It is very easy. I had to play around with the type of oil I used since I can't do the standard veg. oil due to his soy allergy. But since you don't have soy you should have issues with that.

For the icing I used spectrum shortening, hemp milk and powdered sugar. I had to use spectrum shortening, which is more expensive, due to the soy allergy. You should be fine using regular crisco. I used hemp milk, but rice milk would also work and is less expensive. Hemp milk has more protein in it than rice milk. With my little guy's allergies I'm always looking for ways to add protein. I can't tell you the measurements for the icing. I just added as I went. I started with shortening, added powdered sugar then added the hemp milk until it reached the right consistency. I tasted it. If it wasn't sweet enough I added more sugar. If it was too sweet I added more shortening. This is a very fast recipe to whip up.

The wacky cake recipe is very common. Just google wacky cake and you will get several hits.

Good luck! Enjoy his big day.

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