Whether you need a first birthday cake, classroom cupcakes, or just a casual cake for family dessert,
you’ll love how easy and versatile this dairy and egg free cake is!
Use just simple ingredients from your kitchen. See recipe below.
We have this recipe in a printable sheet for you inside our Milk Allergy Mom member library.
So glad you stopped in for our milk-free and egg-free cake recipe today.
This recipe is so special to us because it saved my first baby’s first birthday, and our community has enjoyed it with us for over thirteen years.
In fact, this recipe is what often introduces us to new food allergy friends!
Thousands of food allergy families love it as much as we do, and we’re so glad.
Can’t wait to share it with you below!
This is an old fashioned, penny-pincher recipe that’s both easy and tasty.
It may be milk and egg free, but it doesn’t taste like it one bit. Promise!
HOW TO MAKE THIS CAKE SOY-FREE, TOO
When my kiddo was first diagnosed with food allergy, he also tested allergic to soy.
He’s since outgrown that, but then my little niece was diagnosed with soy allergy, as well.
So guess who gets to make that cutie pie’s birthday cakes?
That’s right, Aunt Jamie!
Here’s how we made my son’s and niece’s birthday cakes also soy-free.
I simply made sure to use all soy-free ingredients, which is pretty easy to do, and made my own frosting with soy-free, dairy-free butter.
Because this cake takes just under 10 basic ingredients, it’s pretty easy to make sure they contain no soy.
And if icing poses a problem, simply sift powdered sugar over the cake in a light layer.
That’s how they did it in the old days!
CAN I MAKE THIS CAKE WHEAT-FREE?
Yes, we think so but haven’t tried.
We’ve had several reviews telling us they make this dairy-free and egg-free cake using their favorite wheat-free flour or flour mix.
Let us know if you try!
IS IT EASY TO DECORATE MILK & EGG FREE CAKE?
Yes! Cake decorators tell us our recipe works great for decorating with icing and fondant.
And I agree. It’s a little denser than boxed cake and doesn’t crumble easily.
DOES DEPRESSION CAKE NEED ICING?
No, it doesn’t.
As stated above, the woman who taught me the basis of this recipe said her family used to serve it with powdered sugar sifted over the top. Sometimes through a large doily stencil! No icing needed.
I suppose that was another way to save ingredients like butter. So feel free to keep your cake that simple.
MILK & EGG FREE CHOCOLATE CAKE REVIEWS
“Thank you so much for your very informative blog!!! We tried out your cake recipe it was a big hit! My son loved it, and I thought it tasted really good! I tried another allergy-free cake recipe before and it was awful. This one was terrific…cake came out moist and fluffy. So happy with it! THANK YOU! Keep up the great work…I always look forward to your blog posts!”
“This recipe is fabulous! Tasted great, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was! I made cupcakes out if it, and also used it to make cake pops (mixed with icing and dipped in Enjoy Life melted choc chips). My son loved it! Thank you!!” “
“I love that you have posted this on your site. My boys are on a dairy free diet. I made this recipe as a cake the first time and my whole family devoured the thing. So this time we made a double batch and made cup cakes instead. We love your site and will keep coming back more and more. Thank you so much.”
“I tried the chocolate cake recipe for a Christmas dessert, and it was absolutely fabulous! I will most certainly keep this cake recipe in my repertoire. I am a food blogger myself, and since I am egg-intolerant and lactose intolerant, I struggle to find delicious recipes for baking. I am truly enjoying the wonderful egg-free and dairy-free recipes posted on your blog! Thank you!”
We’ve loved all these sweet reviews over the years and are so glad we’ve made birthdays so happy for food allergy families.
Please consider clicking below to pin this easy cake for other food allergy friends.
I also want to share some of our favorite frostings for our dairy and egg free cake.
Homemade or store-bought, you choose! Just make sure they work for your allergies.
DAIRY-FREE VANILLA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
This frosting can also be soy-free if you choose soy-free ingredients.
1/4 cup dairy-free butter
1/4 cup solid coconut oil or shortening
1 and 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (affiliate)
1-3 teaspoons dairy-free milk (optional)
dash of salt if your dairy-free butter is unsalted
Cream together dairy-free butter and solid coconut oil or shortening with a mixer on medium speed.
Slowly add powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time.
If it’s too thick, add dairy-free milk 1 teaspoon at a time, up to 3 teaspoons.
Add a dash of salt if the dairy-free butter is unsalted.
Beat on medium speed 5-10 minutes until light and fluffy and frosting becomes bright white.
Frosting can be a little temperamental depending on indoor temperatures.
If it’s warm inside, you will do best to use chilled butter and coconut oil.
If it’s colder inside, room temp butter and solid coconut oil works and milk may need added.
Store frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator if using coconut oil, as it can melt. Even professional bakeries do this.
You may also like our homemade dairy-free chocolate frosting.
DAIRY FREE STORE BOUGHT FROSTING
If you want frosting from a tub, this store-bought frosting has been dairy-free but does contain soy.
Be sure to check labels because ingredients can change!
Now onto the cake!
CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE MILK & EGG FREE
Heat oven to 350.
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 a 9×13″ cake.
Grease pan(s) with an allergy safe oil if you are making this for someone with food allergies.
Or use our favorite non-stick cake pans! No grease needed.
CHOCOLATE CAKE INGREDIENTS
1.5 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla (affiliate)
1/3 cup oil
1 cup cold water
HOW TO MAKE MILK & EGG FREE CHOCOLATE CAKE
Combine ingredients by hand or with a mixer.
We use our KitchenAid Stand Mixer (affiliate) because it gets the flour lumps out well.
Pour batter into your pan.
Bake approximately 20-30 minutes until the cake springs back to the touch or a toothpick comes out clean from the center.
Time varies depending on the pan you use.
Let cake cool completely before frosting.
See our other dairy-free and egg-free cake and frosting flavors below.
HOW TO MAKE A DOUBLE-LAYER ROUND CAKE
First off, these non-stick round pans (affiliate) have been life-changing for my double layer cakes.
My husband and youngest son both ask for double layer cakes for their birthdays. Sometimes triple, lol.
But it can take quite awhile to cycle two or three cakes through the oven in one pan, so I ended up buying a second identical round pan and have no regrets!
I also use these two round pans together for my cinnamon rolls.
Now I can bake two round cakes at once, both on the center rack of my oven, and save lots of time.
The above cake recipe makes one round pan, and I make the batter up separately for each round cake so I know they will be the exact same size.
No guessing how much batter to pour into each round pan.
Once they bake, I let them cool in the pans before gently removing.
To remove from my favorite non-stick pans linked above, all I have to do is take a non-stick knife around the edge once, tip the cake upside down, and tap it out into my hand.
Once both are out of the pan, I use a breadknife to saw the top of the dome off one.
We use the sawed off cake dome for cake balls!
The sawed cake goes on the bottom, sawed side up.
Then I put the second layer of cake over the first layer, with the dome on top.
My family likes the domed top on their cake. Thankfully, that makes it easier to icing without crumbs getting in the icing.
But I know it’s trendy to saw the second dome off for a more flat top cake. You can decide!
As for storing cake, I’ve always had a cake stand with a dome lid.
In my humble opinion…if you’re going to work this hard creating double layered cake, it deserves pretty display where people can admire it before it’s gone.
I liked my glass cake stand better than my wooden one because it was much easier to clean. Plus, I could slice cake on it without scratching the wood.
Now here are more dairy and egg free cake recipes for your cake stand.
MORE MILK AND EGG FREE CAKE RECIPES
See more frosting options below, too!