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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 Catybakes said

    Awesome looking cinnamon roll there! What makes the holiday season brighter for me is hanging around in front of the fireplace, playing board games with the family. Extra points if it’s snowing outside and we have a bag of marshmallows to roast!

  2. On December 6, 2011 Jeanene said

    I would so love to win any of these lovely give a ways.
    That cinnamon roll cake looks heavenly! I can’t wait to bake it!

  3. On December 6, 2011 Jeanene said

    I just posted about the give-a-way on FB.

  4. On December 6, 2011 Jeanene said

    What makes Christmas bright for me is that it’s about Jesus! Having a personal relationship with Him is the best kind of relationship you could ever want to have! So…He makes Christmas and every other day bright for me!

  5. On December 6, 2011 Jennifer said

    The joy and delight and excitement of my children is what continues to make my Christmas bright. Even through some dark years, they have still brought me joy.

    This recipe looks amazing. I haven’t been able to find a good replacement for my mom’s Christmas Bread yet; this might be it.

  6. On December 6, 2011 Jeanene said

    I just tweeted about your give-a-way.

  7. On December 6, 2011 dee m. said

    oh my goodness gracious! I had given up ever sinking my teeth into a cinnamon raisin bun and having the flavors dance across my tongue! This is an absolute family favorite! we will soon be surrounded by our grown daughters and their boyfriends, savoring new recipes, playing loads of board games and catching up through stories and laughter, as they all live out of state now. I would love to win anyone of these fabulous cookbooks. thank you for all the time you put forth.

  8. On December 6, 2011 Natalie said

    My family makes this season worth it.

  9. On December 6, 2011 Meghan W. said

    Oh now that looks tasty. Something I’m now going to have to make. But what makes the season bright for me, is slow downing and taking in the change of seasons. Enjoying good times with friends and family and being able to share good meals, laughter and company of one another, which the holidays should be about.

  10. On December 6, 2011 dawn said

    Wow! I am glad i found your blog. I see lots of good helpful info and recipes. Loving the jumbo cinnamon bun.
    It’s is the simple things that make the season bright for me… twinkly lights, a child thankful for a simple gift, and mostly thinking of the first Christmas and the light that Jesus brings to this world… no matter how difficult life is, He gives hope.

  11. On December 6, 2011 Arlee said

    What makes this season bright for me is, to be able to spend time with my loved ones and cherish these wonderful memories .

  12. On December 6, 2011 Arlee said

    I just shared this giveaway! Thanks for the yummy recipe.

  13. On December 6, 2011 Anna said

    Yumm, this looks delicious. I’ve missed cinnamon buns so much since eating gluten-free…. time to bring them back just in time for the holidays!

  14. On December 7, 2011 Carol said

    Our Christmas breakfast is always such a sweet way to start our family’s day; your recipe looks like a great new tradition in the making!

  15. On December 7, 2011 Andi said

    The joy I see in my daughter’s eyes she gets to experience the holiday is my favorite thing ever. Doing all the traditional things is so fun! And learning all about GF living is makeing them even happier!

  16. On December 7, 2011 Cindy Padgett said

    Wow, I am making that for Christmas morning! What makes my holiday bright? Now that my daughters are are young adults its having them here for the holidays. My younger daughter is in college, and I am so impatient to have her home again! The older one lives with us, but works and is out and about more often than not. Happy holidays to all!

  17. On December 7, 2011 Cindy Padgett said

    I like this post on facebook.

  18. On December 7, 2011 moriah said

    i tweeted this post/giveaway

  19. On December 7, 2011 moriah said

    i liked on facebook

  20. On December 7, 2011 moriah said

    this recipe looks wonderful!! cannot wait to try it this weekend! thanks!

  21. On December 7, 2011 Cara said

    I think what makes this season the brightest is all the holiday lights in the midst of the cold weather! 🙂

  22. On December 7, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    I don’t think I’ve commented yet, Kim (it’s been a crazy few days of busyness!), but this post is sweet, sweet, sweet—I love it! 🙂 Many thanks, too, for your lovely words about me and the event … I’m so very glad you joined in for our Home for the Holidays event! Anyway, you always give us all the good stuff in your posts … belly laughs from the boys are definitely some of the best things in life. 😉 It’s important to know what matters most during the holidays and you certainly do, dear. Definitely the time spent with family enjoying simple routines and sharing special food and memories makes the holidays brighter for me! 🙂


  23. On December 7, 2011 Diana G said

    what makes this season bright is that my husband takes most of his vacation time at the end of the year and we can spend lots of time together just relaxing.

  24. On December 7, 2011 Sarah Louise said

    Lovely recipe; thanks Kim! What makes this season bright is my return to the Sonoran desert, land of Sunshine 🙂 Was away at school in NY for many years, so now I am grateful to be with my family for the holidays once again.

  25. On December 7, 2011 Denise Fedor said

    All these wonderfull recipes! What to make first? Thank you for putting in hints for subs. We have to be nut free here too. So many people use almond flour now that I just skip over many recipes. Thanks, Dee

  26. On December 7, 2011 Joyce said

    Wow! That looks wonderful!

  27. On December 7, 2011 Joyce said

    Shated this on Facebook.

  28. On December 7, 2011 Cara said

    What a great recipe Kim! I’m seriously ooing and aah-ing. I wonder if small cinnamon buns could be made by using a muffin tin? hmm…

    As for what lights up my holiday season? Simple but true, I look forward to a few days off this month 🙂

  29. On December 7, 2011 Cara said

    shared on FB!

  30. On December 7, 2011 Cara said

    shared on twitter too 🙂

  31. On December 7, 2011 Diane Eblin-thewhole said

    I think this might make a great birthday cake. Checking for ingredients now!

  32. On December 7, 2011 Molly said

    The thing that makes this holiday season brightest for me is getting to spend time with my family.

  33. On December 7, 2011 Joey said

    The smiles on the faces of loved ones is what make the season bright for me!

  34. On December 7, 2011 Jennifer C said

    Spending time with my family is what brightens the season for me. Thanks!

  35. On December 7, 2011 Amanda said

    My favorite thing about this season is coming home from college for winter break and joining my family in decorating the christmas tree, holiday parties with friends, and playing in the snow 🙂

  36. On December 7, 2011 Amanda said

    Just shared on twitter

  37. On December 7, 2011 Amy said

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I miss cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning…this may be a new tradition! I love this time of year with my children when we can play in the snow, build snowmen, and cross country ski…escape into our beautiful Montana winter wonderland!

  38. On December 7, 2011 Amanda said

    Which linked to my facebook! Yay!

  39. On December 7, 2011 Amy said

    Just “liked” this link AND shared on my Facebook…hope I’m not too late? ♥

  40. On December 7, 2011 Diamond said

    What a COOL idea!
    What makes the season bright? The excitement of my kids over each little thing. This year, especially, the thrill of opening the door on our new advent each night. They anticipate it all day.

  41. On December 7, 2011 Samantha said

    OMG! This looks wonderful. I’m going to make it tonight to see if it is worthy of Christmas morning breakfast.

  42. On December 7, 2011 Glynnis said

    What makes the holiday season brighter for me is creating new memories with my family. Such a special time of the year for all of us. The decorations, gifts and delicious food are just a bonus!

    Your cinnamon bun christmas cake is definitely being added to this year’s christmas morning feast. Thanks so much!

  43. On December 7, 2011 Linda S. said

    That looks amazing! We will have to try it! Way easier than cinnamon rolls! Thank you for sharing!

  44. On December 7, 2011 Linda S. said

    I shared this on facebook.

  45. On December 7, 2011 Carren said

    Family, decorating, listening to Christmas music all make me happy. Can hardly wait to try this recipe!!!!

  46. On December 7, 2011 debra z said

    The smell of pine trees and cinnamon make the season bright for me. And as much as I pretend to be a grouch about Christmas music I love listening to it! 🙂 (Just maybe not before Thanksgiving).

  47. On December 7, 2011 Carolyn said

    Christmas is all about family!

  48. On December 7, 2011 Michelle said

    This recipe looks great! I love spending time with family over the holidays!

  49. On December 7, 2011 SherriS. said

    It’s everything Christmas to me~ decorating, the music, food, FAMILY. This year it will be experiencing it thru my grandson’s eyes for his first Christmas!

  50. On December 7, 2011 Catherine said

    I love everything about Christmas time – the music, the lights, time with family!! Anything with cinnamon is a winner in my book – and that cinnamon bun cake looks great!

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