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Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Cinnamon Bun Cake with Eggnog Glaze

Gluten Free Cinnamon Bun Cake with Eggnog Glaze

Well in true gfe-gluten-free easily form, my sweet Shirley has out done herself with the most stunning holiday event yet. Home for the Holidays- Gluten-Free Style (and very Allergy Friendly as well) has kicked off with an enormous bang. Twenty four bloggers are sharing recipes that represent what the home and holidays are all about for them.

And there are over 100 prizes you can enter to win – this list is insane. And then a GRAND PRIZE and two runner ups that will knock your socks off!

– Grand prize: A top-of-the-line VITAMIX blender!

– 2nd Prize: $150 Shopping Spree at Free From Gluten

– 3rd Prize : A Giveaway Package from Caveman Cookies worth $89.

And you will see below the great gifts that I am also giving away today as part of the event. But WAIT! Here is the most exciting part…

Each Entry/Comment you leave here will also count towards the Grand Prize, and 2nd, and 3rd Prizes as well! So make sure to maximize your chances!

Home for the Holidays Gluten-Free Style

Of course you know I am going to say how steeped in tradition the holidays are for us. And after all, our family has a long list of must-do’s for the season that we stick to like glue.

But this last year has brought some unexpected events and experiences that have left me understanding that simple moments are what really make this season bright.

Like the pride the boys get when they “help” Dad build the fire…and the sound of their belly laughs that are simply full of pure joy just because Santa will soon be burning his britches and squeezing his jolly belly through our chimney.

Dairy Free Cinnamon Bun Cake

Like belting out Christmas songs with my boys at the top of our lungs and dancing to them “like no one is watching”. And then giggling hysterically afterwards…

Like listening to Big Brother read Christmas stories to Little Brother and Big Brother asking questions and encouraging Little Brother like Mom and Dad usually do…

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And like sitting around the breakfast table together in our pajamas during the cold December weekends and enjoying special breakfast treats that are not normally made during the other times of the year.

Yes. Those are the kind of traditions that are making the season for me.

And this Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Bun Cake with an Eggnog Glaze plays a big role on these special holiday mornings for us. It actually looks like and tastes similar to a giant cinnamon bun, but it is yeast-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free, and easily egg-free.

Oh. And it is waaaay easier (and much faster) to make than real Cinnamon buns.

I place a layer of cinnamon bun filling (and a layer of raisins) on the bottom of my pan, then pour half of the batter in. Then, using a ziplock bag with a corner snipped off, pipe a swirl of the filling and add another layer of raisins. Then I place the remaining batter on top of this and pipe the remaining filling in that same spiral pattern. Because we love the filling so much, I have been known to double the filling recipe below for an extra dose of decadence.

The result when it is done baking? Does it not look like a giant cinnamon bun?

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Oh, and then that dairy-free eggnog glaze is not so bad either. 😉

Cinnamon Bun Cake

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Cake with Dairy-Free Egg Nog Glaze

Also Yeast-Free and Corn-Free; Easily adapted to be Nut-free and Egg-free



  • 1 cup Superfine Brown Rice Flour (such as Authentic Foods brand)
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour -such as Honeyville (For NUT-Free: use equal amount Corn Flour, OR Quinoa Flour, OR Millet Flour)
  • 1/4 cup Millet Flour
  • 1/4 cup Arrowroot Starch
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder, Aluminum-Free
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 8 Tbsp  Earth Balance Vegan Butter, softened to Room Temperature-IMPORTANT (if not Dairy-free, you can use regular butter)
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar OR Blonde Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs, at Room Temperature-IMPORTANT (For EGG-FREE: Mix together in small bowl: 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce with 1 1/2 tsp additional Baking Powder with 2 Tbsp Warm Water and with 1 1/2 tsp Ener G Egg Replacer – use mixture where you would add eggs)
  • 1 Cup Plain Coconut Milk Yogurt (such as So Delicious) OR Plain Dairy-Filled Yogurt OR Sour Cream-Room Temperature-IMPORTANT
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar (or Brown Sugar)
  • 6 Tbsp Earth Balance Vegan Butter, melted, OR Regular Butter, melted, OR Coconut Oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 3/4 Cup Raisins (divided)


  • 2 Tbsp Earth Balance Vegan Butter, or Regular Butter, Melted
  • 3 Tbsp Corn-Free Confectioner’s Sugar, such as 365 Organic Powdered Sugar made with Tapioca Starch, available at Whole Foods
  • 2 Tbsp Dairy-free Eggnog, such as So Delicious Holiday Nog, or Regular Dairy Egg Nog
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract


1.  Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 inch round cake pan on the bottom and sides. Then cut a piece of parchment paper to fit just in the bottom of pan, without letting it go up the sides.

2.  In medium bowl, mix together Superfine Brown Rice Flour, Almond Flour, Millet Flour, Arrowroot Starch, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Sea Salt.  Whisk together until light and airy.

3.  In bowl of electric stand mixer, beat Earth Balance Butter (or Butter) and Sugar for 3 – 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add eggs (or Egg Replacer), one at a time, continue mixing.  Add Yogurt and vanilla and mix again until incorporated.

4.  While mixer is going on low speed, slowly add dry ingredient mixture. Stop occasionally to scrape down sides with rubber spatula. Once all dry mixture is added, continue to mix until well-incorporated and batter seems light.

5.  Mix together filling ingredients (Note: if you like a lot of filling, double the filling ingredients).  Spoon 3 – 4 Tbsp of filling into bottom of pan and spread evenly with back of spoon. Sprinkle half of the raisins over the filling.  Pour remaining filling into a ziplock bag and snip small corner off one side of bottom.

6.  Pour half of batter over bottom raisin/filling layer. Then, pipe filling from bag in a circular spiral, starting in center of pan and working outwards. Sprinkle remaining raisins over filling.  Then pour remaining batter over raisins. And, again pipe all remaining filling in circular spiral pattern. Use a toothpick to follow the spiral to incorporate it slightly into the batter.

7.  Bake for 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

8. During the final few minutes of baking, whisk together all of the icing ingredients. Once cake is out of oven, let cool for 5 minutes then cover pan with dish and flip onto plate. Then cover cake with another plate and flip onto that one so cake is right side up. While it is still warm, drizzle the icing evenly over the top of cake. Enjoy!

Here we go… GIVEAWAY TIME! Enter to win:

Simply Gluten-Free Desserts, by Carol Kicinski and one bag of her Amazing All- Purpose Gluten-free Flour mix:

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The Pure Kitchen, by Hallie Klecker

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One Easy Eats Subscription to the all-digital food and lifestyle gluten-free magazine:

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To enter the giveaway, please do one or all of the following three things:

Just remember that each entry brings you one step closer to winning that Vita-Mix!

1. Please leave a comment telling me what makes this season bright for you.
2. Share this giveaway on facebook and come back to tell me that you did.
3. Share this giveaway on twitter and come back to tell me that you did.

Note that you will have 48 hours to leave a comment here before it will be closed to entries on December 8th at 10am CST.

All of the comments you leave on this post and any other posts by the other bloggers participating will be entered into the Grand Prize Giveaways. The grand prize winners will be announced on Christmas.

And do not forget to go back and see the Gluten-Free Red Chile Enchiladas from Gluten Free For Good yesterday and then head on over to Lexie’s Kitchen tomorrow, for what I am sure will be an amazing treat.



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  1. On December 6, 2011 Denise B said

    Looks Yummy!

  2. On December 6, 2011 Stephanie said

    Celebrating the birth of my Savior – that’s what makes this season bright!! And sharing it with my family and friends. 🙂

  3. On December 6, 2011 Jenny said

    The love, comfort & nearness of God make the season bright for me! … and good food & friends are like the icing on your cake! 🙂

  4. On December 6, 2011 Brandae said

    Yum, yum, yum! Printing the recipe right now! Thank you!

  5. On December 6, 2011 vanessa parks said

    I will so be making this cake soon!!!

  6. On December 6, 2011 Andrea M said

    I love cinnamon everything – this is an amazing recipe! What makes this season bright for me is the Name of Jesus: Immanuel means ‘God with us’…the birth of Jesus brought God to earth, to walk among us, so that we absolutely know without a doubt He is aware of us and can comfort us and rejoice with us and give us strength to fight temptation among other things because He has been there…and He not only this but Christmas leads to Easter which validates He was God in the flesh and all He said was True because He died and was raised making it possible for us to be reconciled to God. THIS makes this season more than Bright for me :D!

  7. On December 6, 2011 Jeanine said

    Oh Kim…I don’t know what to say. It’s all beautiful! The cake, and the boys in their jammies reading to each other. Sounds like your family is living a Wonderful Life. Enjoy!

    • On December 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much, Jeanine!! We are enjoying the season for sure this year. I hope that your holidays are wonderful right now! xo

  8. On December 6, 2011 Christine B said

    I love looking at all of the fun decorations this time of year, and of course decorating my own home.

    Your recipe looks delicious. My family used to make cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast, but I haven’t had any since going gluten free 2 years ago. Now I’m also corn free, so had about given up hope. Now I have a recipe to try! Thank You!

  9. On December 6, 2011 eatrecyclerepeat said

    I love sharing meals with people over the holidays. I’ll be baking this for my family next Christmas morning!

  10. On December 6, 2011 Carissa said

    I love decorating and looking at all the decorations people put out for Christmas. It also feels like such a happy time of year with the old Christmas hymns and songs playing everywhere you go:)

  11. On December 6, 2011 Carissa said

    Shared on Facebook:)

  12. On December 6, 2011 Carissa said

    Shared on Twitter:)

  13. On December 6, 2011 Deanna said

    Wow. This looks amazing. Truly.

  14. On December 6, 2011 Deanna said

    So amazing that I didn’t read the giveaway instructions. So, what makes the season merry and bring for me? Time with family and friends – and this year a trip to sunny Arizona!

    • On December 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      How fun, Deanna! You are coming to Arizona?? When are you coming? Arizona may be sunny but it is also really cold – it was 29 degrees this morning). LOL

  15. On December 6, 2011 Terra said

    I love how helpful you are with your recipe, for dairy free, vegan, gluten free, it is beautiful! This cinnamon roll cake looks gorgeous, and so full of flavor:-) So happy I found your blog:-) Take care, Terra

    • On December 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Terra, I am so happy that you found my blog too!! Thanks so much for your kind words. Hope you are enjoying your season! 😉

  16. On December 6, 2011 Gigi said

    What a lovely post, Kim! I’m not entering, of course, but had to tell you I enjoyed your post, and that yummilicious recipe! 😉

    Gigi 😉

  17. On December 6, 2011 Rebecca said

    Before going gluten free, I would make cinnamon buns for Christmas morning to have before presents were open. I have not tried to make gluten free cinnamon buns since going gluten free; this recipe will be tried to bring back the memories. Thanks!

  18. On December 6, 2011 Gramma22 said

    That cinnamon “roll” looks so yummy as I sit here with my hot cup of coffee. I am so thankful that now my granddaughter has been diagnosed with celiac – that we are able to make such yummy items for her! She was diagnosed at 4 and is doing super! She’s also a Type I diabetic (like me!) and we truly will be enjoying this season thanks to you and all your other bloggers! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

  19. On December 6, 2011 Sharon said

    My brightest part of Christmas this year is that my children are the perfect age in that Christmas is so magical for them and seeing it through their eyes, brings back that magic for me. They are also getting the idea of giving being as great as recieving and I love all of the secrets going around making secret gifts for each other.

  20. On December 6, 2011 Heather said

    This looks WONDERFUL.! Thanks for sharing

  21. On December 6, 2011 Johanna B said

    My new baby grandson makes the season bright for me. There’s something magical about Christmas with a little one that makes everything even more special (even tho he has no idea what’s going on). As always, love your recipes.

  22. On December 6, 2011 glutenfreeforgood said

    For something so fancy looking, this sounds easy. LOVE the photos of the kids. OMG, they are so cute!

  23. On December 6, 2011 Amy said

    This looks lovely! And so delicious. My son just asked me if we can have some “cooking class” today (we homeschool)…wonder if that question was brought on by the photo of this cake! haha

  24. On December 6, 2011 julie said

    What makes the season bright is my family together for the holidays!
    This cinnamon bun looks great!!! I’ll have to try it.

  25. On December 6, 2011 Amy said

    I also shared the link on my facebook page. =)

  26. On December 6, 2011 Kimberly said

    I love this recipe!!! We always enjoy all the lights at Christmas

  27. On December 6, 2011 Cheryl said

    The best part of this season is spending extra time with family & friends you may not see often during other times of the year!

  28. On December 6, 2011 Cheryl said

    (shared on FB!)

  29. On December 6, 2011 Cheryl said

    (and also on Twitter!)

  30. On December 6, 2011 Sarah M said

    Seeing my family makes the season bright for me.

  31. On December 6, 2011 rita said

    The cinnamon bun looks awesome ! Can’t wait to try it.

  32. On December 6, 2011 Deborah M said

    This looks so delicious. I have a hard time finding all these different flours where I live, but would love to try this for Christmas morning.

    I love everything about Christmas, the Christmas carols, the decorations, Hallmark movies. But mostly I love it because of what God did for us on that day. He sent His son, Jesus Christ to this earth to become a living sacrifice for our sins and to reconcile us to Himself through his death on the cross.

    • On December 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Deborah, if you can find a good all-purpose gluten free flour blend that you like (I really like Pamela’s or Pure Pantry or Tom Sawyer or King Arthur), then you can just use 2 cups of the all purpose flour in place of the first four flours listed.
      And thank you so much for sharing the real reason of Christmas and why it is so special. After all, that is the most important reason. Have a wonderful holiday!

  33. On December 6, 2011 Deborah M said

    I shared this link on facebook 🙂

  34. On December 6, 2011 Sharon said

    I just love seeing it all through my children’s eyes. It’s so refreshing to see how much joy they get from all the little traditions we are creating together!

  35. On December 6, 2011 michelle said

    This would be a fabulous treat to have xmas morning.

  36. On December 6, 2011 Tracy M said

    Being the second Christmas of gluten free for the kids, not being scared of baking, having fun and making new family traditions making this year bright. Having the kids feeling better and my son not so sick for the holidays.

    Thank you for this recipe

  37. On December 6, 2011 Sharon said

    Shared on twitter

  38. On December 6, 2011 Betsy @ Gluten Free said

    I just printed the recipe for that cinnamon bun cake, it looks magical! I will be making it for Christmas morning. My season is neon bright, because I get to spend it with my friends and family. So many gatherings that bring us all together.


  39. On December 6, 2011 Lauren said

    Sharing the holidays with my fiance and his family is what makes it feel like Christmas to me. I feel very grateful to have them in my life. 🙂

  40. On December 6, 2011 Nicole said

    Spending time eith family, sitting by the fireplace, eating out favorite things that we always eat this time of year. Yuuumm! Looking forward to making the cinnamon rolls. I love all your substitutions!

  41. On December 6, 2011 Lauren said

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook.

  42. On December 6, 2011 Lauren said

    I shared this giveaway on Twitter.

  43. On December 6, 2011 Laurel said

    I think what makes this season bright for me was those pictures and stories about your boys. Nothing could complete that better than your Cinnamon Raisin Cake.
    I love the excuse I get to bake until I drop and then the late night tour of the homes lit for Christmas.

  44. On December 6, 2011 Stephanie said

    This recipe looks amazing! Is there another flour that I could substitute instead of millet — I don’t have any of that flour? And instead of yogurt, do you think milk kefir would work? And thanks so much for the give-away! I love the holidays because it’s a time to see my family. My husband (of 4 months!) and I now live several states away from our families, so I love this time to see them all again!

    • On December 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Stephanie, you can use more almond flour in place of the millet, if you are not nut-free. And kefir would be perfect in this. It would act a lot like buttermilk would. Have a wonderful holiday!

  45. On December 6, 2011 Stephanie said

    I’ve shared this post on Twitter!

  46. On December 6, 2011 Stephanie said

    I’ve shared this post on my Facebook!

  47. On December 6, 2011 Julia said

    I love celebrating with food, family and friends – and all these gluten-free recipes will make this year even brighter!!

  48. On December 6, 2011 Jeanette said

    Been looking for a gluten-free coffee cake for the holidays – I think I’ve found it ;)!

  49. On December 6, 2011 Dana Coughlin said

    Spending time with family and not having to travel makes my holiday bright. I love cinnamon anything, so I will definitely try this.

  50. On December 6, 2011 Dana Coughlin said

    Shared on Facebook

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