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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 Pat @ Elegantly GF said

    I have been missing cinnamon buns so much, but just haven’t felt I had the time to make some GF from scratch. Your recipe looks like just the answer!

  2. On December 6, 2011 Robyn said

    Also, what makes my Christmas season bright is listening to my 7 year old and 3 year old sing Christmas songs together :)

  3. On December 6, 2011 Stephanie said

    Seeing the wonder and awe on childrens faces makes this season bright for me.

  4. On December 6, 2011 Kate K said

    Oh My! This simply looks amazing. All the right flavor combos. What makes the holiday bright is spending time with love ones who have moved away…. we miss them so.

  5. On December 6, 2011 Kate K said

    shared at twitter and facebook. :)

  6. On December 6, 2011 Sara F. said

    Being healthy this year for Christmas makes this season bright!

  7. On December 6, 2011 Megan said

    Your cinnamon bun cake looks incredibly delicious!! I can’t wait to try it out!!

  8. On December 6, 2011 Kelli said

    Spending time with my family and friends makes this season bright for me!

  9. On December 6, 2011 Kelli said

    shared on Facebook! Don’t have a twitter account :/

  10. On December 6, 2011 kathy said

    One of the things that brings me Christmas joy is a cold evening with the stars glittering above, the sounds of neighbors singing carols and sipping hot choclate. Merry Christmas.

  11. On December 6, 2011 kathy said

    I shared your site on FB

  12. On December 6, 2011 kathy said

    I tweeted about your yummy cinnamon bun cake.

  13. On December 6, 2011 Ellen said

    i love spending quality time with my family around the holidays!

  14. On December 6, 2011 Kelly said

    It sounds so cheezy, but being with my family is really what makes the season for me. Being unmarried and without children, I only have the traditions of my parents, and its just not Christmas without them. I will be sharing my gluten free cooking with them this year as usual – fun for everyone but dad :)

  15. On December 6, 2011 Kelly said

    Shared this post on facebook!

  16. On December 6, 2011 Brooke said

    I will get into the kitchen and make this cinnamon bun. I have not had one since going gf. Looks great. Hopefully I get it right.

  17. On December 6, 2011 Yvonne said

    Wow, gluten free cinammon rolls.
    Holidays are a time to remember our loved ones, past and present.
    We must also remember and pray for the troops that keep this wonderful country free and save. A big thanks to them!!!

  18. On December 6, 2011 Stephanie Hanes said

    I love seeing the excitement and awe of my two toddlers this year – they are really soaking up the “magic” of Christmas this year. :)

  19. On December 6, 2011 Yvonne said

    Lett a comment on Facebook. Don’t tweet so I will miss out on that :)

  20. On December 6, 2011 Jacqui said

    this cake is beautiful!! What makes the season bright for me? This year, it’s the fact my three year old really gets Christmas now. It is so fun to see things through her eyes this year!

  21. On December 6, 2011 Catherine said

    Think I’ll be making that real soon! What makes me happy at the holiday is being with those I lovel

  22. On December 6, 2011 Kathy said

    Like you, what makes the season bright for me is keeping it simple and focusing on the things that really matter. Spending time with those I love always brightens my day! This is my second gluten and refined sugar free Christmas and I am much less intimidated about what to serve at special meals this year. This is due in large part to the many wonderful bloggers out there who share their recipes with all of us. THANKYOU!!! You all have made the season much brighter!

  23. On December 6, 2011 Jill Rege said

    My boys have been hounding me for cinnamon rolls these past 2 weeks. This looks like the perfect solution! Shared on Facebook!

  24. On December 6, 2011 Teslaca said

    This season shines for me when I see people that ordinarily aren’t overly kind or compassionate open their hearts a little bit. I always have hope that it will continue into the rest of the year!

  25. On December 6, 2011 Kate said

    I love everything about the holidays…decorations, music, food; I am so thankful to all of you bloggers who share your recipes for allergy free goodies with the rest of us!

  26. On December 6, 2011 Sarah said

    So many things make this season bright for me, but probably the best one is just being with family and spending extra time to purposefully remember all the blessings I have. Thank you for a great giveaway and recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  27. On December 6, 2011 Kristen said

    Funnily enough, one of the things that makes this season bright for me is enjoying the holiday lights. I love to see houses with lovely displays of lights. :)

  28. On December 6, 2011 Christine said

    One of my favorite Christmas delights would be the lights. I love the glow from the strands of white lights. I may just leave them up all year.

  29. On December 6, 2011 Gail Taylor said

    Sharing special moments with family and friends with old family traditions and the making of new ones along with good health, who could ask for anything more. Merry Christmas all!

  30. On December 6, 2011 Anna said

    Cinnamon rolls have always been a tradition on Christmas morning even now that my kids are grown and moved out. We have them when they come home or on Thanksgiving if they’re home for that instead. This past Thanksgiving I made them but could only watch them eat without me! So happy to see this recipe, I’m going to try it for Christmas even though it will just be my husband and I! Thank you!

  31. On December 6, 2011 jessica said

    I love all the get togethers and driving around looking at all the beautiful houses all decorated.

  32. On December 6, 2011 Dawn-Marie Valdron said

    Finding that perfect gift for someone special in your life brightens my own.

  33. On December 6, 2011 Jen said

    For me the holidays are about sitting around with my family enjoying some of my Grandmother’s traditional baking and drinks. This year I’m trying to recreate these, allergy-friendly style. Gotta get those same tastes and smells, or it just isn’t the same!

  34. On December 6, 2011 Jen said

    Shared on Facebook! I would love the VitaMix!!

  35. On December 6, 2011 Amie Valpone said

    Thank you so much for including Easy Eats in this post; we are thrilled that you are enjoying our magazine! Thank you; have a fabulous holiday season.

  36. On December 6, 2011 Joy said

    What makes my season bright this year is baking cookies with our toddler! She just loves helping Mommy in the kitchen.

  37. On December 6, 2011 Rachel said

    Oh my goodness! This cinnamon roll cake looks amazing! As does your mantle piece :)

  38. On December 6, 2011 Sharon said

    Looks great!

  39. On December 6, 2011 Nicole said

    Wow – those cinnamon buns look amazing! I can’t wait to try them! My favorite things about the holidays are christmas trees and decorations. I love the warmth and the cheer!

  40. On December 6, 2011 Cindy said

    Spending time with my children and grandchildren make the holidays special for me.

  41. On December 6, 2011 Laura said

    This cinnamon bun cake looks amazing!

    What makes the season special for me is the lights and decorations and all the good food and good times spent with family and friends. Love the holidays!

  42. On December 6, 2011 Laura said

    Shared on fb!

  43. On December 6, 2011 Andrew said

    I love cinnamon buns! This recipe sounds delicious. Christmas tree lights make the season bright for me =P

  44. On December 6, 2011 Andrew said

    I shared this on facebook!

  45. On December 6, 2011 Amanda said

    What makes the season bright for me is spending time with family, the beautiful music, and all the delicious food!

  46. On December 6, 2011 Elizabeth said

    what makes my season bright is decorating the tree with my husband while wearing santa hats! and I am so making that for Christmas morning! looks delicious!

  47. On December 6, 2011 Ronnda Stapleton said

    What makes the season bright for me is having my children return home from college, and the overall joy that is felt during this time of year. :)

  48. On December 6, 2011 Denise Fedor said

    my wonderfull gf dd is why I keep breathing. after her dad’s stroke she is the only one who stayed by us . WE need this. Love your site. thank you, Dee

  49. On December 6, 2011 Karol said

    What makes the holiday season bright for me is spending time with my family and the joy on their faces when they open their gifts. I also love all the beautiful lights in our town, we like to just walk around or drive further out to look at all the decorations.

  50. On December 6, 2011 Karol said

    I shared this contest on facebook.

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