Vanilla Birthday Cake Recipe – Egg and Dairy Free!


Photo: Luke Kliman Photography

I was pleased to have stumbled upon this cake recipe for my son’s 1st birthday earlier this year. The best thing about this recipe is that it is egg and dairy free which makes it suitable for his brother’s egg and cow’s milk protein allergies. The next best thing is that the cake tastes like ‘usual’ cakes if not better! I personally found this recipe to be very moist. None of our party guests knew the difference and actually raved about how tasty the cake was. I was particularly excited about how well the checker-board pattern turned out!

Before using this recipe I was using standard cake recipes and substituting milk for soy milk which was fine, but when it came to substituting the egg I was not 100% happy with the alternatives. I found a commercial egg replacer to be the most suitable, although the end result gave a crumbly or crummy texture regardless of how long I cooked the cake. 

The following Vanilla Cake recipe is courtesy Milk Allergy Mom.

Vanilla Cake

This recipe is for 12 cupcakes, a 9×9 cake, or an 8×8 cake. Double the ingredients for 24 cupcakes, a double layer round cake, or 9×13″ cake.


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsps bicarb soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup cold water


  1. Heat oven to 180 deg C. Grease pan(s) with a spray oil or dairy-free margarine.
  2. Combine ingredients by hand or with a mixer. Pour batter into greased pan or muffin cups.
  3. Bake in the oven until done. The cake is done when cake springs back to the touch or a toothpick comes out clean. Time varies on the pan you use, 15 to 30 minutes possibly.


  • 1/4 cup chilled dairy-free margarine
  • 1/4 cup chilled shortening
  • 1-3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Mix chilled margarine and chilled shortening with a mixer, in a chilled bowl.  Add vanilla. Slowly add powdered sugar.  Put in fridge to chill before icing, if necessary.


It was a happy delectable dietetics moment finding this recipe! Do you have any egg or dairy free cooking hints or tips you would like to share? If so, please leave a comment below.

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