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Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Come Together | 0 comments

First Birthday Cake: Dairy-Free Sponge


My baby boy turned one last week. I can’t believe it. He’s still showing signs of dairy intolerance, so I had to find a good dairy-free recipe that also didn’t have too much this or that (insert arbitrary baby feeding rules here to your liking). This cake is “good.” I say that because I think it’s edible, and it’s a good starter sweet for a baby (as in it’s not very sweet). It’s very coconutty.  After that description, I’m sure you’re ready to dive right in…it did it’s job well for us, and that’s all that counts. Here’s what I did, if you’re curious.

In a small bowl:

2 egg whites (reserve yolks), beat until soft peaks form

In another bowl, combine:

¼ cup sugar

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

½ cup coconut oil

Mix with mixer until well combined.


Add 2 egg yolks

Add 1 cup AP flour, 1 tsp baking powder, and ⅛ tsp cinnamon

Mix with mixer until well combined.

Add egg whites to batter and softly combine with a spatula.

Pour batter into greased/floured baking pan. I used two 6″ pans.

350* until set



The icing is really where it gets tricky when it comes to dairy-free. Whipped cream is an excellent first birthday icing, and buttercream is beyond delicious. Both of those were out for me. I loosely followed these instructions. I put 2 cans of coconut milk in the fridge. Opened them, scooped out the solids, and put in 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and a LOT of blue food coloring. Then I beat it with the mixer until it was light and fluffy.

To decorate, I made a cake topper to match our theme, threw on a 1 candle, and some festive dots (a la Little Cremes). It was a hit!


P.S. Everyone else had butter cake cupcakes with buttercream icing (and sprinkles).



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