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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.

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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 Kristine said

    Yum-my! What makes the season bright for me is watching my kids sing Christmas songs while my husband and I make a large breakfast on Christmas morning. So fun!

  2. On December 6, 2011 Dana Coughlin said

    Posted on Twitter

  3. On December 6, 2011 Christine Roeske said

    While I’m sure my comment isn’t original, it rings true: what makes my christmas season so wonderful is seeing the decorations and tree through my young toddlers’ eyes!

    christigpa at gmail dot com

  4. On December 6, 2011 Christine Roeske said
  5. On December 6, 2011 Cynthia said

    I work for The Salvation Army providing Christmas meals and presents to children who will have none this Christmas. It makes my day to see the parents so happy to know their kids will have gifts when they would not have them otherwise. That makes my day.

  6. On December 6, 2011 shannon said

    This looks so yummy!

  7. On December 6, 2011 sandy said

    What makes my Christmas special is being with family and friends, and church services celebrating the birth of Christ. It never gets old. The cinnamon roll cake will be on the table Christmas morning. I can’t wait!!!!!

  8. On December 6, 2011 Sarah C said

    I love the holidays! I especially love decorating and thinking about that perfect thing to get for that certain someone (my super hard working hubby this year). I love wearing bells for jewelry and going crazy with decking the halls in my favorite color, red. I also love getting together with my family for our special cookie baking day. This year, that will be a little different since I found out that I am allergic to wheat and yeast. I can’t wait to try this recipe, it looks so super yummy. It also reminds me of another tradition, before I got married we used to get the Pilsbury cinnamin buns and I would put then on the pan in the shape of a tree, then dye the icing green and brown and ice it to look like a tree. Now it looks like I might be trying that this year in a gluten-free style! I can’t wait to try it!

    Most of all, I hope to be making new traditions next year, when we hope to start a family. Right now the cutest story I have to tell is that my dogs love to lay down right under the Christmas tree. Right now our newest addition has discovered the tree skirt and couldn’t wait for me to finish putting it down before she claimed it. Next year… I drean of holding a little one who gazes intently at those twinkling lights on our tree.

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

      Sarah, thank you so much for sharing your special holiday moments here. And sending good thoughts to you for next Christmas when there just may be a little bundle of joy in your arms! 😉

  9. On December 6, 2011 Sarena said

    I LOVE making giant cinnamon rolls with pizza dough! Makes the rolling part so much easier. This looks perfect! I seriously want to lick the plate with that glaze! Love the photos of the boys together. Too sweet!

  10. On December 6, 2011 Rachel Williams said

    That looks gorgeous! Yum, I’m salivating! … What makes my holidays bright is spending it with family.

  11. On December 6, 2011 Rachel Williams said
  12. On December 6, 2011 Merrill R. said

    This season is a perfect excuse for turning on the oven. I LOVE to bake and the “fresh out of the oven” smell keeps the season bright all winter long!

  13. On December 6, 2011 Arleen said

    The brightest part of the holidays for me will be getting together with all my children-all adults now on their own-here at the homestead.

  14. On December 6, 2011 Sarah S said

    I love that you have options on this for egg free! I love seeing my children faces light up when they see or discover new things with the holidays. Seeing lights, remembering ornaments, asking to make gingerbread houses…they all add up to a magical season here!

  15. On December 6, 2011 Sarah S said

    Posted on Facebook

  16. On December 6, 2011 Rose said

    Oh my. I believe this recipe will become a tradition for us. 🙂 I am loving all the wonderful new recipes this contest is bringing and all the positive attention to gluten free living.

    The excitement in my boys is what makes this season bright for me. Oh, and getting to visit people that live in snow and have a snowy Christmas morning!

  17. On December 6, 2011 Sarah S said

    Posted on Twitter

  18. On December 6, 2011 Rose said

    I shared the contest and recipe on facebook. 🙂

  19. On December 6, 2011 Michelle said

    Wow!!! This sounds absolutely amazing!!!

    Christmas lights and music – that’s what I love about this season! I love seeing all of the beautiful displays and singing carols. Baking up a storm with the Christmas music blaring. Decorating the tree. All of it – I love it all!!!

  20. On December 6, 2011 Michelle said

    Posted on Facebook! I know of a few friends who will love this recipe!!!

  21. On December 6, 2011 Christine said

    What makes my season bright is celebrating my first healthy winter gluten free!! Thanks for the recipes!

  22. On December 6, 2011 Meghan said

    The chance to go home and spend time with my mom is giving me something to look forward to. After a recent cross-country move, I’m missing our time together.

  23. On December 6, 2011 Molly Kiely said

    My house is going to smell like Cinnabon! (And this will surely taste far, far better…) Thank you!

  24. On December 6, 2011 Michelle W. said

    Wow, that looks so delicious! Will definitely be making that one! What makes the season bright for me is the build up – decorating, sending and receiving cards, opening the advent calenders and counting down each day. The secret meetings and conversations that go on between us all as we plan our gifts to each other! My kids get so excited it’s quite infectious!

  25. On December 6, 2011 Rachel Blom said

    What makes this season “bright” for me is sharing the true meaning of the season w/my kiddos.

  26. On December 6, 2011 Rachel Blom said

    What makes this season “bright” is sharing the true reason for the season w/my kiddos. I didn’t grow up in a Christian home so I’m starting my own new traditions that center on Christ and family 🙂

    • On December 6, 2011 Rachel Blom said

      This one was suppose to include that I shared this on FB.

  27. On December 6, 2011 Jessica said

    For me, having the constant reminders of Christ’s birth, are what makes the season brighter. I wish we had more reminders throughout the year. 🙂

  28. On December 6, 2011 Jessica said

    I shared it on Facebook.

  29. On December 6, 2011 Jessica said

    I shared it on Twitter!!/allergic_2_air

  30. On December 6, 2011 julie wyatt said

    yum yum yummy ! cant wait to try this ! just woke us to this recipe what a nice surprise!!

  31. On December 6, 2011 Debi said

    Kim, I love it! It makes me want to get in the kitchen and figure out a gf/df version of my Granny’s Pecan Rolls…I always add more cinnamon that the recipe calls for. lol 😀

  32. On December 6, 2011 Deborah J Austin said

    Being around Family and Friends is what makes the Holiday season bright for me.. 🙂

  33. On December 6, 2011 Linda ST. Laurent said

    This year I am sooo excited to be able to walk. I had major foot surgery and it has been a tough situation.

  34. On December 6, 2011 Shannon said

    posted on face book

  35. On December 6, 2011 Deborah J Austin said

    I tweeted.. 🙂

  36. On December 6, 2011 Sherry Johnson said

    I just shared this!!!

  37. On December 6, 2011 Deborah J Austin said

    I shared on Facebook.. 🙂

  38. On December 6, 2011 Sherry Johnson said

    My mornings have been hard since going gluten, dairy and egg free. I have chickens and eggs are free, so this has been the hardest.. however, my mornings just got brighter with this fabulous breakfast idea! I’m on my way to baking one right now!!! 😉

  39. On December 6, 2011 Catherine said

    Shared on Facebook!!

  40. On December 6, 2011 Catherine said

    One of the things that makes the season bright for me is special recipes and sharing the cooking/baking with my son – great together times!!

  41. On December 6, 2011 Heather Brandt said

    Having two children under age 5 makes my season very bright 🙂

  42. On December 6, 2011 Janell said

    What makes this season bright is seeing how excited my kids are. They are finally old enough (well, 2 of them are) to realize whats going on around them. I love seeing their faces light up whenever we do a christmas-related activity.

  43. On December 6, 2011 Joanie H said

    OH. MY. GOODNESS! What a fabulous recipe. Thank you for sharing and reminding us all about the “simple joys” that often can be overlooked during the busy holiday season. What makes the season bright for our family is going out to cut down a tree the Saturday following Thanksgiving and decorating up the whole house and turning on the Christmas lights on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. It’s also sharing goodie bags filled with gf baked goods for all our neighbors and delivering them on St. Nicholas Day (today). Merry Christmas blessings!

  44. On December 6, 2011 Emily said

    My goodness, I need to give myself insulin just for THINKING about this. YUM, Kim, YUM. My mom and I are going to visit in Jan and I would LOVE to make this with you.

    Those pictures of the boys are adorable. Little Brother looks like Dylan, no? 🙂

    Wish I could see you for Christmas but we’ll see you later! 😀

  45. On December 6, 2011 Joanie H said

    I shared this post on facebook! 🙂

  46. On December 6, 2011 Bonnie said

    This looks AMAZING. I love how you give all the options and alternatives, depending upon sensitivity to certain ingredients.

  47. On December 6, 2011 Janis said

    I shared this on facebook

  48. On December 6, 2011 Janis said

    I have to try this recipe. We love cinnamon buns, but I try to stay away from yeast, so this will great! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  49. On December 6, 2011 Emily said

    Also, Shared this on FB

  50. On December 6, 2011 Alison said

    Love it! My boys have all gone gluten-free this year and my husband is feeling a little ‘neglected’ this holiday season because the holidays have always been a time of rich, comfort foods for him. But I can hardly make him a rich, gluten-filled treat (or allow him to make himself one) and then tell my boys no. So, I’ll make this over the weekend and hopefully it will fill him up briefly. Thanks again!

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