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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!

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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 8, 2011 Sarah M said

    Oh my gosh, this looks delicious! I will have to make this Christmas morning (for our first gluten-free and dairy-free Christmas)! Thank you!
    Spending time with family makes this season bright for me.

  2. On December 8, 2011 Sarah M said

    Shared to facebook!

  3. On December 8, 2011 Carol, SGF said

    I can’t decide what I want to eat up more – your boys or the cinnamon bun!

  4. On December 8, 2011 Pamela said

    Looks delicious! Definitly trying for holidays.
    I also shared this on facebook.

  5. On December 8, 2011 Stephanie said

    This looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it for my boys.

  6. On December 8, 2011 Christa said

    What makes the season bright for me? Definitely the hope and joy that Christ’s birth has brought to our lives, especially this year when things have happened that have been very difficult for our family.
    Also, my four-year-old son makes the season bright. Each year, he understands Christmas time a little better, and seeing the world through his eyes is magical. He really enjoys everything about this season, and it makes it so much fun to experience those things as a family.

  7. On December 8, 2011 Christa said

    Shared on Facebook.

  8. On December 8, 2011 Karen said

    Wow! That looks amazing! Perfect for sharing with those I love during this season of wonder and joy…..

  9. On December 8, 2011 Michelle said

    This looks amazing! It will be perfect for Christmas morning with a plain vanilla icing; our first gluten free, vegan Christmas will be the best ever!

  10. On December 8, 2011 Karen, WA state said

    Shared on Facebook..

  11. On December 8, 2011 Karen, WA state said

    What makes the season exciting for me, is knowing that I have squirreled away suprises for each member of my family. Waiting for their excited faces on Christmas morning….

  12. On December 8, 2011 Karen, WA state said

    Can this be prepared at least partially ahead and then cooked on CHristmas morning?

    • On December 8, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Karen, I would say that the night before you can combine all of your dry ingredients in a bowl for the cake batter and also combine all of your filling ingredients as well (and then just heat them up in the morning so you can spread it easily). Then in the morning I would get out all of your wet ingredients (personally I would even get them out the night before – even the eggs – to make it all room temp and quick to throw together in the morning). It actually comes together really fast, for the most part!

  13. On December 8, 2011 Janet said

    For me it’s just the luxury of having several days off in a row to share with family and friends. This recipe looks awesome and is going into my “keep” pile. Can’t wait to try it.!

  14. On December 8, 2011 Janet said

    Shared on Twitter.

  15. On December 8, 2011 AnnMarie C said

    My boys, who were both diagnosed with celiac in 2011, make this holiday season and everyday bright. Watching my oldest inch closer and closer to healing makes me feel very grateful.

  16. On December 8, 2011 Denise M said

    That looks delicious!
    Spending time with my family and enjoying great food makes the holiday so special

  17. On December 8, 2011 Adria said

    We always had cinamin rolls for breakfast Christmas morning… this looks like a good replacement!

  18. On December 8, 2011 Normajean Rabideau said

    Children make the holiday season brighter for me.The season has become much brighter since the grand children were born.

  19. On December 8, 2011 Stephanie Sharp said

    Getting to see family that live out of town makes this season bright for me!

  20. On December 9, 2011 Jessy said

    Wwhat makes this season bright for me? Well, where do I start? I get to spend a week (or more) at home, sleeping in my own bad and having an access to real kitchen. (Otherwise I live in a dorm.) I get to play with my little nephews, take care of my dog, listen to Christmas songs and enjoy holiday food. I love holiday season!

  21. On December 9, 2011 Claire said

    I’m not sure if the giveaways are closed or not yet. But either way, this is an awesome recipe!!! Thank you so much for your hard work.

  22. On December 9, 2011 Joelle said

    OMGsh. One more thing I must add to my to-do list for the holidays!!! It looks sooooo GOOD!

  23. On December 9, 2011 Joelle said

    OOPS…I was suppose to mention what makes the season bright for me. Making things!!! Just wishing I would start making things sooner, and I can’t wait to make this Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Cake! (sorry about posting twice = )

  24. On December 10, 2011 Patricia J said

    Celebrating Jesus’ birth and having all the family together makes me happy at Christmas. Your Cinnamon bun Coffee Cakes looks delicious. Thanks.

  25. On December 11, 2011 InTolerant Chef said

    What lovely photos of the boys 🙂
    I like family traditions this time of year too!

    • On December 12, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much, IntolerantChef! It really is the traditions that make this whole season so special! 😉

  26. On December 15, 2011 Micki said

    I love seeing the anticipation on my girls’ faces and how much fun we have making treats for our neighbors and teachers.

  27. On December 15, 2011 Micki said

    Tweeted! (I know the giveaway is over, but I still wanted to share!)

  28. On December 15, 2011 Micki said

    Oh and I “liked” you on FB. I have several GF friends that follow my “likes” 🙂

  29. On December 15, 2011 Shaina said

    Yum, this looks so good! Family is definitely what makes my holiday season bright! Happy Holidays!!

  30. On December 17, 2011 Andrada said

    This looks so incredibly yummy! I haven’t had cinnamon rolls in over a year! Can you use more almond flour instead of millet? I’ve been addicted to almond flour lately since it just seems to agree with our tummies better. My kids (who are gluten free also my son is autistic) will love having a tasty treat on Christmas morning!

    • On December 20, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Andrada. You should be totally fine using more almond flour instead of the millet! I hope you enjoy it!! I hope you have a wonderful holiday! 😉

  31. On December 25, 2011 Jill said

    What makes the season bright for me is spending time with family, especially enjoying a festive meal together! I love cinnamon buns, so this cake will be wonderful!

  32. On December 25, 2011 Jill said

    Shared this post on Facebook (Apple Jenny)

  33. On December 25, 2011 Jill said

    Shared this post on Twitter (MeTweetingYou)

  34. On January 13, 2012 Vanessa said

    Does this really not crumble with no gums?

  35. On January 17, 2012 Jess said

    If you are corn free also, is there a substitute you can use for the Earth balance butter? I am pretty sure that has corn in it. thanks

  36. On November 30, 2012 yvonne said

    Sounds delish . Will definitely give it a try

  37. On November 30, 2012 Kelly said

    Shared on Facebook….Question though….instead of the 3 different flours….could you use a gluten free mix such as Bob’s Red Mills All Purpose? If so, would I need to make any other changes?

    • On November 30, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Kelly, You can definitely use an equal amount (2 cups) of an all purpose baking mix without any problem. I used Pamela’s new Artisan mix with this and worked out wonderfully. You should not have to make any other changes for it. Enjoy!

  38. On December 25, 2012 Tessa said

    Hi Kim! We enjoyed this for Chrostmas morn. I used a combo of quinoa, oat, brown rice and arrowroot flours and used the egg free version, subbing chia meal for the egg replacer. Super tasty…although without the guar gum is was a bit crumbly…albeit moist! Next time I would add a teaspoon of guar gum! Thank for our breakfast treat this morning!

    • On December 26, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Tessa!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Thank you so much for letting me know how it worked with all of your substitutions. 🙂 I agree that the guar gum would probably make the difference in this one. Glad you liked it! Enjoy the rest of your holidays, my friend! 😀

  39. On December 31, 2012 Domestic non-goddess said

    This recipe was by far one of the best gluten free recipes I have tried. Fantastic for Christmas morning with fresh fruit!. No one could even tell it was gluten free. Lovely!

    • On January 4, 2013 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Yay!! Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know that you enjoyed the recipe. We made it for Christmas morning too…along with a ton of other stuff 😉 . I am glad that everyone enjoyed it at your house! No one knew it was gluten free here either.
      Happy New Year!

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