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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 7, 2011 Valerie said

    I love getting together with family around the holiday season!

  2. On December 7, 2011 Valerie said

    I tweeted about the giveaway

  3. On December 7, 2011 Jeanne said

    Thanks so much for this great recipe! My 4 year old was recently diagnosed as gluten intolerant and you are going to help make this Christmas season bright for him! :) (I’m still learning and trying to stockpile as many new ideas as possible!)

    As for me, we recently moved to a new state and I am looking forward to going back “home” and seeing family and friends. Being surrounded by those who know and love us is a much anticipated “season brightener” for us!

  4. On December 7, 2011 kelly said

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. Me and my daughter are both gluten and casein free but this is our first Christmas and I’m struggling with what treats to make but still keep it yummy for everyone. This looks like a super winner!

    Spending time with immediate as well as extended family is what makes the holidays special to me. We all live such busy lives and don’t spend nearly as much time together as I would like. With two of children away at college and the others busy with their personal lives and my husband so busy with his job sometimes it feels like we are strangers. Everything slows down a bit and we can catch up and laugh together for a week or two. LOVE IT!

  5. On December 7, 2011 Sarah L said

    This looks sinful but oh so yummy! It is going to be hard to pick only one or two of these fabulous recipes to share with my family. Since we are traveling to my brother and sister-in-laws, they tend to already have so much food already made so I will pick a couple that I can take along so I can enjoy, too!

  6. On December 7, 2011 Linda C said

    What makes the season bright for me is the wonderful Christmas songs and carols!

  7. On December 7, 2011 Neva said

    What makes the season brighter for me is reconnecting with all of the people we often don’t see day to day through the year. The joy and happiness shared, the good wishes and the spirit of the season – Jesus – shared will all during the concerts and caroling.

  8. On December 7, 2011 Sarah said

    what makes the season bright? time with friends and family. early morning coffee with my husband. (it’s our first xmas as newlyweds!)

  9. On December 7, 2011 Sarah said

    shared this over on FB on my Celiac in the City page!

  10. On December 7, 2011 Suzanne said

    I love decorating the tree with ornaments from places we’ve traveled to. The giant cinnamon bun looks to good to be true – can’t wait to make it.

  11. On December 7, 2011 KellyB said

    The thing that makes the season bright for me is just seeing all the christmas lights outside . Even just a simple string of them across the front of a house at night glowing is neat.

  12. On December 7, 2011 vanessa toll said

    This holiday season my husband and I get to share it as newlyweds! I love spending time with each side of our families and can’t wait for the first real snowfall. :)

  13. On December 7, 2011 Venessa said

    All of the pumpkin food items make this time of year delicious for me! :-)

  14. On December 7, 2011 MaryK said

    I love fresh snow.

  15. On December 7, 2011 LisaB said

    Wow! This is definitely on the Must Test list. We live at 7,000ft altitude, and baking GF at altitude can be a challenge. I’ve found that yogurt (or coconut milk yogurt) really helps maintain the structure of high altitude GF baked goods. I was really excited when I saw the coconut milk yogurt in your recipe! I’ll let you know how it goes…
    What makes the season bright for me is knowing that I can make holiday treats that are safe for my son and me to eat. There are so, so many holiday treats that we *can’t* have. It’s so much fun to try out new treats that we *can* have.

  16. On December 7, 2011 Andrea said

    I’ve just recently had to go gluten free/dairy free and your sight is a God send!! I never knew all of the fun amazing things you can do GF! I love to bake and I’ve felt like I was living without until I found this sight! When I tell people these recipes are Gluten Free and Dairy Free they don’t believe me :0)

    • On December 7, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Andrea, thank you so much for the kind words. These types of comments are what make this all worth while every day. I hope you and your family and friends have an amazing holiday season! 😉

  17. On December 7, 2011 Anna said

    The thing that will make this season bright for us is going to DisneyLand! My food allergic son is thrilled to be going back on Christmas day and being able to order food that is safe for him to eat! (and his celiac Mom is too)

  18. On December 7, 2011 Jennifer said

    My children’s laughs, smiles and our chance to love on each other…especially with 3 snow days.

  19. On December 7, 2011 sandra guetthoff said

    First off, oh man, a big cinna cake! Yummy..
    I’m from the old school & love the old fashion Christmas where we would go to church, pray & honor our savior, go home to a wonderful buffet of foods, sing, & go our to separate homes for the kids to snuggle in their beds & await for the sleigh & reindeer to carry Santa to each house in hopes of receiving that very special item….These were the good ole days….

  20. On December 7, 2011 Melissa C. said

    Getting together with family and friends is what makes this season special for me. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks really delicious!

  21. On December 7, 2011 Alisa said

    OMG, cute little one pics and a giant cinnamon bun pic – this post is like sweet overload! Pinning :)

  22. On December 7, 2011 Ellen C. said

    This sounds and looks absolutely delectable!!! I must try this recipe. Thank you so much for creating a delicious treat and your pictures of your boys are so sweet! Have a blessed Christmas and wonderful 2012. Please include my name in your SWEET giveaways.

    Ellen C.

  23. On December 7, 2011 Audrey J said

    What makes my season bright is having my adult children coming home and spending time hanging out, and playing games.

    Audrey J

  24. On December 7, 2011 Nikki said

    I love catching up with family and friends! Makes me feel more at home. I’ve been craving cinnamon buns all day, so I’m also excited to test out this recipe :)

  25. On December 7, 2011 Chrystal in Canada said

    Learning more about Channukah has been a new cheer for me this year!

  26. On December 7, 2011 Sandy Crawford said

    I love being with my family and friends and baking for them, and playing lots of board and card games.

    Sandy C

  27. On December 7, 2011 Davina Stuart said

    this sounds wonderful! I’ve had to go gluten free this year and we just found out that my 13 yr old step daughter is lactose intolerant so I’m scrambling to find alternatives for some of our usual holiday fare..

  28. On December 7, 2011 AJ said

    These look so good!

    What makes the season bright for me is being able to do a lot of baking.

  29. On December 7, 2011 Chelle said

    Your cinnamon bun looks awesome! I am going to have to try this as soon as the kids are out of school and allowed to have sugar. Thanks so much for putting all the substitutions in the recipe.

  30. On December 7, 2011 Allyssa B said

    I’m so glad so many awesome food bloggers are doing this. This is my first holiday GF. I’m so excited to try this to make for my parents for breakfast on Christmas. Yes, breakfast. Why not? Cinnamon buns are excellent for breakfast and all the more exciting as a cake to share! lol!!!

  31. On December 7, 2011 Shannon Brown said

    This is my first Christmas gluten-free (and casein-free) so it’s also the first Christmas when I know I’ll feel great. That’s worth celebrating! I love cinnamon rolls so I’m definitely going to make this. Thank you for creating this recipe.

  32. On December 7, 2011 karen roush said

    Letting the kids decorate the tree…writing letters to Santa…and getting cuddly around the fire…love this time of year!

  33. On December 7, 2011 karen roush said

    Shared on Facebook…can’t wait to try this cinnamon bun recipe!

  34. On December 7, 2011 Theresa said

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! I love anything with cinnamon.

    We enjoy driving around looking at Christmas lights while listening to our favorite Christmas songs. My son prints up a card for the grand prize winner of the light display and we present it to the owner of the house. This is always so much fun to see their faces as we tell them. Love to brighten someone’s day.

  35. On December 7, 2011 Heidi Fluegel said

    I love to decorate my house and see the joy in my kids’ eyes.

  36. On December 7, 2011 Heidi Fluegel said

    I shared on FB.

  37. On December 7, 2011 Sharon said

    OMG!!! Dreams do come true!! The giant cinnamon bun (cake) looks incredible!!! The Holidays are full of LOVE for me….everywhere I look!!

  38. On December 7, 2011 Sue said

    Having my family together. I did not have that growing up. It is so important to me along with the holiday foods.

  39. On December 7, 2011 Laura H said

    I love church on Christmas Eve and Christmas lights!

  40. On December 7, 2011 Rebecca said

    I can’t wait to try these recipes!

  41. On December 7, 2011 Rebecca said

    What makes this season bright for me is not having a stomach-ache and bright red face all the time b/c now I am g.f!

  42. On December 7, 2011 Karen said

    Oh Wow! First Christmas Gluten free and I can’t wait to make this “giant” cinnamon bun! I really miss a good cinnamon bun. :) LOVE!!!

  43. On December 7, 2011 Sarah L said

    Just posted the link on Facebook!

  44. On December 7, 2011 Jen said

    This season is made bright by spending time with loved ones!

  45. On December 7, 2011 Jen said

    I shared on FB.

  46. On December 7, 2011 Krista said

    Family and friends are what makes this season bright…. as well as cooking all the goodies I can!

  47. On December 7, 2011 Rowan said

    This holiday is going to be bright because I’ll be able to spend time with my brothers who have both been overseas! I can’t wait.

  48. On December 7, 2011 Rowan said

    Just shared on Twitter!

  49. On December 7, 2011 Rowan said

    And shared on Facebook for all my gluten free friends!

  50. On December 8, 2011 Keith said

    My favorite part of the holiday used to be eating all the gingerbread and Christmas cookies that I could get my hands on. Since I have to be gluten-, dairy-, and sugar-free now, I have to be content with what used to be my 2nd most favorite part: buying presents. I hate crowds, but online shopping is a lifesaver.

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