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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 AnnMarie Deis said

    I also shared on Twitter. :)

  2. On December 6, 2011 Connie Patty said

    What makes the season bright? Getting ready to welcome our son and his fiancé home to visit for Christmas! We live in the Czech Republic so treasure the fact we get to have them here for three weeks to enjoy some of these precious engagement days before their June wedding! Plan to make your cinnamon bun recipe Christmas morning…thanks for the recipe!!

    • On December 6, 2011 Chrissy said

      My in-laws still live in the Czech Republic…my husband came to the states in the 90’s.

      • On December 7, 2011 Connie Patty said

        Where do they live??!! We live on the far eastern side of the country, in a small town named Frydlant nad Ostravici. Wonder how far away they are from here?!

  3. On December 6, 2011 Lily said

    This looks great!

  4. On December 6, 2011 Lily said

    I shared this on Facebook

  5. On December 6, 2011 Becka said

    Wow, i wonder if you can substitute coconut flour for the brown rice flour and tapioca flour for the millet flour? I’m grain free too, but this is just TOO delicious looking not to try! Holidays for me are hot kitchens with mom, crazy family members, sipping port, and most recently, showing my 15 month old daughter all of the wonders of Christmas. that’s my favorite part =). oh, and i shared this on Facebook!! Happy Holidays!

  6. On December 6, 2011 Lily said

    I shared this on Twitter

  7. On December 6, 2011 Lily said

    Also, Christmas traditions with family makes the season bright for me!

  8. On December 6, 2011 Karen said

    learning to be gluten free with such great recipes makes my holidays bright.

  9. On December 6, 2011 Karen said

    And I shared on facebook. :)

  10. On December 6, 2011 Megan said

    Christmas season is bright for me because I get my husband home this year! (he is active duty military) So i never take for granted his time home with us over the holidays! I bake so much when he is home :)

  11. On December 6, 2011 Megan said

    Posted on facebook :)

  12. On December 6, 2011 Brenda said

    What makes the holiday special for me is being with family and friends. Good food
    adds to the tradition. It has never been about the gifts to me. Happy Holidays!!!

  13. On December 6, 2011 Kristin W. said

    Spending time with family it all that matters to me!

  14. On December 6, 2011 Sara said

    Spending time with family makes my season very bright!

  15. On December 6, 2011 Chrissy said

    I can’t wait to make this…i’m newly g-free and always up for a new recipe!

  16. On December 6, 2011 Marsha said

    What will make this season brighter is to share it with our new about to be 1yr old little girl :)

  17. On December 6, 2011 Shari Hegland said

    My season is brightened by my family, the lights, and this year – by the discovery of recipes like this that may let me continue to enjoy the flavors I love!

  18. On December 6, 2011 Marsha said

    Shared on Face Book :)

  19. On December 6, 2011 Amanda M said

    Spending time with my family makes my holidays bright, I just love being with family. <3

  20. On December 6, 2011 Amanda M said

    Oops, meant to say this recipe looks great! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Shared on facebook:

  21. On December 6, 2011 Amanda M said

    shared on twitter!/itsamandarae/status/144168537139838976
    Wow! A lot of people said spending time with family! That is so great!!! <3

  22. On December 6, 2011 Sharon said

    Mmmmm. Cinnamon roll. And I think your chocolate covered marshmallows on a peppermint stick are adorable too!

  23. On December 6, 2011 Amy Whitehurst said

    I love the feeling of Christmas – as a matter of fact, I love many of the same things you mentioned in your blog post above. Reading Christmas books, singing Christmas songs, looking for Christmas lights, drinking hot chocolate! I love it all!

    Thanks for this amazing recipe!!!

  24. On December 6, 2011 Paula said

    Spending the holiday together with my husband as newlyweds!

  25. On December 6, 2011 Amy Whitehurst said

    Shared on Facebook!

  26. On December 6, 2011 Amy Whitehurst said

    I shared on Twitter too! Thanks!

  27. On December 6, 2011 Megan R. said

    This looks to-die-for! Thank you! :)

  28. On December 6, 2011 Jesslyn Reed said

    Holidays for me are about being with my family and friends, and teaching my boys that there is more to the Holiday season then gifts under the tree or Santa. We teach them and show them by getting out and volenteering in the community or by helping those less fortunate then we are.

  29. On December 6, 2011 starbright said

    I enjoy giving homemade items to people I love. My favorite is to go above and beyond expectations – so many are now gluten sensitve that it is a real treat to share these treats with them!

  30. On December 6, 2011 Tessa said

    Um, YES PLEASE!!! Can’t WAIT to taste your creation!!

  31. On December 6, 2011 Tessa said

    shared of facebook

  32. On December 6, 2011 Tessa said

    tweeted! (still don’t get this whole Twitter thing though, but THAT wasn’t one of the requirements…phew!)

  33. On December 6, 2011 Tessa said

    Oh and, I absolutely love watching my children live in the magic of the season! From finding their Elf every morning, to the hushed talks amongst themselves about not being on the naughty list, to the magical look in their eye when they see Santa for pictures…it is so special, I cling to these times!

  34. On December 6, 2011 Susan W. said

    I love trying new holiday recipes! This looks yummy!

  35. On December 6, 2011 Paula said

    I am loving these giveaways…my kids make the season brighter, they bring magic to the holidays.

  36. On December 6, 2011 Sarah P said

    Since we live far away from extended family, I relish the simple joys with my two sons and husband. My older son is terrifically crafty and it is so fun to see what he has snuch under the tree for us. My younger son becomes a ball of hugs around the holiday season. They definitely make my season bright!

  37. On December 6, 2011 TB said

    Looks very yummy!!!

  38. On December 6, 2011 Jennifer Martin said

    Being w/ family, the five of us, as well as our extended family. That’s what Xmas
    means to me. :-)

  39. On December 6, 2011 Jennifer M said

    I shared on facebook. Thanks!

  40. On December 6, 2011 Juliana said

    Wow, looks so good!!!!

  41. On December 6, 2011 megan said

    what makes the season bright for me are the family get togethers – which are always super fun no matter what season it is! wow, that cake looks delicious! i think i’ll have to try making it!

  42. On December 6, 2011 Kathryn said

    The season is always made brighter by the laughter of friends and family. My great nieces giggling and wishing for snow to sled in is a pretty solid highlight too!

    This recipe looks yummy!

  43. On December 6, 2011 Leslie Sharkey said

    What makes the holidays bright for me are THE MEMORIES. I can easily slip back into my Iowa childhood when Santa came at midnight on Christmas Eve and we awakened to Christmas overnight! We lived in the country and went to one of Dubuque’s famous one-room-school houses. We weren’t near any stores and people didn’t have Christmas lights and decorations like today. It was truly magic to us.
    Today, Dec 6th, is St. Nicholas Day and we celebrated that day also in our German-Irish neighborhood. A huge pounding came on our front door and we would find a bag of tangerines and assorted nuts. We always searched for St. Nicholas and could never even find his footprints in the snow. It was wonderful!

    Thank you for your gluten-free recipes and insights. This is somewhat new to me and I’m so grateful to find that others have walked this path before me and I have so much help figuring it all out.

  44. On December 6, 2011 dori said

    This year we are doing a family vacation to the Bahamas for Christmas (Dec.13-19) since my kids are scattered all across the country. So, my family always makes Christmas special! But with the trip over and no other gifts, trees, parties, etc. I am excited to concentrate on the real meaning of Christmas-Jesus! Too often He gets lost in the plans, stress and fun of the holidays.

  45. On December 6, 2011 Andrada said

    I shared this on FAceBook! Love your site!

  46. On December 6, 2011 Kerri Vacher said

    Must try this recipe! Looks so good! Thanks! Holidays for me were my Nana’s chicken soup on Christmas eve and LOTs and LOTS of cookies! My Nana made a chocolate cookie with peanut butter chips that was to die for!

  47. On December 6, 2011 carol said

    I think we found our christmas morning treat!!

  48. On December 6, 2011 Irene said

    Having my friends and cousins coming home for the holidays makes it bright for me. Will be making this recipe soon, I have all the ingredients at home! Can’t wait to try it :)

  49. On December 6, 2011 Seeks said

    My family has a holiday tradition of cinnamon buns on Christmas morning. I’d like to try this recipe out this year so I can join in.

  50. On December 6, 2011 Robyn said

    Shared on facebook!

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