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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 Laura Rector said

    Being with friends and family makes it bright for me! Knowing that this time next year, our precious baby girl we’re adopting will be home from Eastern Europe enjoying this beautiful season with us makes this Christmas even more exciting!

  2. On December 6, 2011 Angie Whenry said

    Great recipe! I love how it looks like a giant cinnamon roll without all the work. Definately going to try this one!

  3. On December 6, 2011 Deirdre said

    This year, I’ll be more in love with the holidays because it means a break from Teachers College….which is fast and furious.
    I cannot wait to be done this final essay, and finally time to stay home and bake up a storm for the holidays. I love our Christmas morning tradition and the on the Boxing Day couch routine that I have had for many years; pot of tea and grand marnier, a great book and the fire going all day long. Books have always been a huge part of our families Christmas. And yes, on Boxing Day the house is quiet, save for the snap of the fire and the turning of pages.
    The cinnamon bun looks amazing.

  4. On December 6, 2011 Anna Lee said

    Christmastime is my favorite time of the year. It means sharing the warmth of good food and good memories with the ones we love most!

  5. On December 6, 2011 Anne J said

    Looks great and will definitely make my season brighter! This year’s Christmas is with the in-laws and they always have Pillsbury cinnamon buns for Christmas breakfast. Now that I’m GF, I will be making this and bringing it for me! Hooray for modified traditions!

  6. On December 6, 2011 Paula B said

    This looks delicious!

    My family (especially my grandchildren) makes the season bright for me. Also, I volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and this year two families will have new homes just after Christmas in our small community. That certainly adds to the Christmas spirit.

  7. On December 6, 2011 Rebecca Avery said

    This looks great! What makes it Christmas at my house is sugar cookies with the kids and listening to a old tape of Christmas music.

  8. On December 6, 2011 Suzanne H said

    Getting time off from work to spend with my family!

  9. On December 6, 2011 Lisa Wolcott said

    What makes this season bright: three things. 1) my little family’s determination to celebrate big and really enjoy Christmas, even though we lost my dear sister and her family of 5 to the west coast this past August and my kids have never not celebrated with their cousins! 2) that this is probably the last year of no-holds-barred Santa magic belief (my kids are 5 and 7), and 3) for the first time, my parents are staying with us Christmas eve/day and will get to participate in the magic through our kids!
    Thank you for this give-away–it’s incredible!

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

      Lisa, I think this may be the last year of no-holds-barred Santa belief this year too! My kids are 7 and almost 5 and it is the kids at school that worry me most. I fear someone there will be spilling the beans soon. ;( Enjoy doing it up big with your family and having your parents be a part of the magic!

  10. On December 6, 2011 Suzanne H said

    I shared on FB.

  11. On December 6, 2011 Suzanne H said

    I shared on Twitter.

  12. On December 6, 2011 Lisa Wolcott said

    Posted on Facebook!

  13. On December 6, 2011 Megan Holder said

    There are many things that make my season bright–family, friends, and giving in general. There is nothing greater than giving something to someone and seeing them smile. Other aspects brighten my season like seeing decorations and lights, music, and events like holiday parades. It is my favorite time of year. 🙂

  14. On December 6, 2011 Megan Holder said

    I have shared your cinnamon bun recipe on Facebook. 🙂

  15. On December 6, 2011 Kate said

    The love of Christ in my heart is what brightens Christmas…

  16. On December 6, 2011 Aly said

    This season is bright for me because I get to share my cooking with friends and family!

  17. On December 6, 2011 Ann Marie Lee said

    The memory’s that are made makes my season bright!!! 🙂 thank you for the chance!!!

  18. On December 6, 2011 Alena M said

    That cinnamon bun looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your Home for the Holidays!

  19. On December 6, 2011 Kari said

    The brightest things about Christmas for me are the eyes of my children as they enjoy the traditions and activites of the holiday… The excitement in their eyes as we get out the Advent calendars, go tree hunting, make cookies, decoratethe house, and sing Christmas carols just makes them into my little toddlers again. My kiddos are 14, 12, and 10… So getting to see them be excited about the holidays and our family get-togethers is a nice respite from the way the world pulls us in different directions during the rest of the year. 🙂

  20. On December 6, 2011 Karen said

    I really miss cinnamon pastries (read Cinnabon; yeah, even with all that bad sugar and butter). Maybe this will help to sate that craving. Thanks for sharing!

  21. On December 6, 2011 Denise said

    This looks great! I really appreciate the nut-free option, too!

  22. On December 6, 2011 Fiona said

    What makes this season bright for me? Hmmm. I love that it’s the end of semester and I get a break from study. I can sleep in, and get up and cook most of the day, and have the time to clean the kitchen properly. I also love the cold days and clear skies!!
    BTW – that cake looks AMAZING. I can’t wait to make one!!!

  23. On December 6, 2011 Fiona said

    Shared on FB!!

  24. On December 6, 2011 AmandaonMaui said

    I always think back on my childhood Christmases and how much I loved them. Then I think about how I can continue building great memories even though my family is so far away. I try to give a wonderful celebration for my new family and friends.

  25. On December 6, 2011 Denise said

    What makes the season bright for me is customizing old family traditions to suit our changing family and creating new ones. Being with my family and reaching out to others are some of my favorite parts of the season.

  26. On December 6, 2011 Denise said

    I shared on FB.

  27. On December 6, 2011 Denise said

    I tweeted.

  28. On December 6, 2011 AmandaonMaui said

    I Tweeted. @gfreemaui

  29. On December 6, 2011 AmandaonMaui said

    I shared on Facebook.

  30. On December 6, 2011 Carolyn said

    That looks yummy! Favourite holiday traditions include a family time before stockings where we say what we are thankful for or what has been special to us that year.

  31. On December 6, 2011 laurie said

    Oh my boys will LOVE it if I can make this. The one thing they’ve been craving is cinnamon rolls since we’ve been GF/DF. Can’t wait to try it.

  32. On December 6, 2011 Tommie said

    What makes the season bright for me is my family. We are so spread out that we can’t be all together at once. We are in spirit, though, and that counts for a lot.

  33. On December 6, 2011 Tommie said

    I shared on Facebook!

  34. On December 6, 2011 Tommie said
  35. On December 6, 2011 Heather Griffis said

    I shared this giveaway on FB!

  36. On December 6, 2011 Heather Griffis said

    I shared this giveaway on twitter!

  37. On December 6, 2011 Heather Griffis said

    Seeing my kids get excited about finding ways to be generous and about helping others is what makes this season bright for me!

  38. On December 6, 2011 Deb said

    Being able to celebrate the birth of our dear Saviour with family and friends is what makes the Christmas season bright.

  39. On December 6, 2011 Brenda Lewis said

    What makes this season bright for me? Making shoe boxes for children around the world less fortunate and of course, cooking yummy things for friends and family. Thanks for the recipe.

  40. On December 6, 2011 Brenda Lewis said

    posted on facebook

  41. On December 6, 2011 Marissa GF said

    YUM! This looks so good and eggnog glaze! Wow!
    Holidays for me are special because of the family time! I love getting together with loved ones and being silly, eating great food and just sharing in the joy of LIfe!

  42. On December 6, 2011 Brenna said

    Finding that perfect charlie brown christmas tree with my family is just one of the many things that makes this season so beautiful and bright in my heart 🙂

    p.s. shared on FB!

    Merry Christmas!

  43. On December 6, 2011 Stephanie said

    That cinnamon bun cake looks awesome! Can’t wait to try it! The best thing about the holidays for me is getting to travel to see my family. I don’t see them much during the year because of distance, so it’s nice to spend a whole week with them. (And I also really love all the beautiful lights, music, markets and decorations!)

  44. On December 6, 2011 Stephanie said

    I shared on Facebook!

  45. On December 6, 2011 Stephanie said

    And I shared on Twitter, too. 🙂 (@stephiepb)

  46. On December 6, 2011 AnnMarie Deis said

    This time is a special time of year because it affords me casual time to be with friends and family. It’s cliche. I know! But I am a freelance worker who is and has a son who is allergic to gluten and dairy, so my time is limited in my “regular” life. The holidays seems to be one time of year to spend with those who we don’t see throughout the year due to distance issues or work demands. It is unfortunate that we don’t MAKE the time to spend with our loved ones, but it is a fact of life.

    This year will be a special one because my son is four and the magic of Christmas is just everywhere in our home. I am looking forward to it all.

    This recipe looks unbelievable! Thank you.

  47. On December 6, 2011 Shelly R said

    Being with family makes the season bright for me!

  48. On December 6, 2011 Shelly R said

    I shared on FB!

  49. On December 6, 2011 AnnMarie Deis said

    I shared on Facebook!

  50. On December 6, 2011 Shelly R said

    I tweeted!

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