Egg and dairy free doesn’t mean flavour free

A couple of weeks ago the daughterling left cubs. I loved cubs. It’s been both of my girl’s ‘happy place’ over the last 5 years so having the little one leave to move on to Scouts was a big deal – actually probably more for me than her! I became known for making cakes for cubs so I wanted to make something yummy for her last night and after double checking what allergies there were in the pack I was told one cub was egg free (and missed out on a few cakes in the past!) and another is a dairy free. “No problem” I said. Having no idea where to start with this one!

Egg_and_dairy_free_chocolate_cakeThe search for a recipe

I knew I wanted to make a chocolate cake and I also knew who to ask. The Free Cakes For Kids charity I volunteer for has a What’sApp group and it’s very busy and very entertaining. There’s always someone with a tip, a joke or a recipe. No sooner had I asked if anyone had a great egg and dairy free chocolate cake recipe than one of the lovely volunteers shared her favorite recipe with me. Thanks Andrea.

Now, I’d never made an egg free cake before and I was pretty intrigued to see how this would turn out. Surely it’s the eggs that give the cake it’s light and fluffiness, right? Well after making a trial run – well I had to test it didn’t I, it would turn out that egg and dairy free cake is yum and completely light and fluffy.

Egg_and_dairy_free_chocolate_cakeThe problem.

1. I didn’t take any photos of the cake to share with you.

2.I didn’t take any photos of it to share with you. Not a problem. I had to make it again for the cubs anyway

Cake two

I ran out of time to take shots in natural daylight and really didn’t want to cut it up to take photos. I mean who wants a cake that’s been cut up already?  Not cubs – that’s for sure.


Make cake No.3 just for us to eat but this time make it so it’s even more chocolatey and a bit more brownie like. Big win!

The book the original cake is from Allergy-free cookbook by Alice Sherwood. After making this cake I bought it straight away for under £4 on Amazon. Although I really liked the cake I wanted to make it more chocolately and a bit more brownie like so I added some cocoa powder and some melted chocolate to the cake mix and topped it off with a chocolate mirror glaze rather than a dairy free buttercream. It didn’t last very long. Even third time round!

The best egg free, dairy free chocolate cake you’ll ever eat!

The best egg free, dairy free chocolate cake you’ll ever eat!

  • 150g Plain flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 225ml soya milk
  • 50ml vegetable oil (sunflower works well)
  • 3/4 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 80g dark dairy free chocolate
    Chocolate Glaze
  • 125g dairy free dark chocolate
  • 30g vegetable butter (Tomar)
  • 4-5 tbsp water
  • Sprinkles to decorate
  1. Line a brownie tray with silicon paper. Preheat your oven to 180ºC (160º C fan oven)
  2. Sieve together all the dry ingredients and combine completely.
  3. Place a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water and melt the chocolate
  4. In a jug combine all the wet ingredients. Add the melted chocolate and mix well.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and fold together.
  6. Pour the cake mix into the cake tin and spread it out using the back of a spoon.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched in the centre
  8. Leave on a rack to cool completely before covering in mirror glaze
    To make the glaze
  1. Place a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water and melt the chocolate.
  2. Once completely melted add the vegetable butter and combine.
  3. Slowly add the water till it is very runny - don't worry it will set. Pour the glaze over the cake and spread with the back of a spoon. Decorate with sprinkles.
  4. Leave to cool and firm up for an hour or two

So if you’re looking for a dairy free cake I can definitely say this one is fantastic. If you want more recipes like it I’d say get your hands on that book. It’s great.

Happy baking

EmmaMT x

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4 Comments on The best egg and dairy free chocolate cake you’ll ever eat!

  1. Hi, I have a friend who’s little girl is dairy free, but also has to be soya free. Do you think this would work with almond/oat milk? x

    p.s. I’m making my sons 4th birthday cake tomorrow, and will be using your choc Madeira recipe. It’s been my go-to birthday cake recipe since his 1st birthday and all my friends and family love it, so thank you 😊 xxx

    • Yep. Definitely. I made it with almond milk one time as I had it in the fridge and I couldn’t tell the difference. It’s such a tasty cake no one would know it’s dairy and egg free. I was amazed.
      Thanks for your lovely words. X

  2. Brilliant, I’ll be giving this one a try thank you. My son also left Cubs last week too, but its very sad that the Scout groups in our area clash with his football training and other family commitments so it looks like he won’t be able to continue 🙁