Dairy Free Cake

I read about this recipe for a Dairy Free Cake on Rita’s, The Culinary Taste blog.  It is a great alternative for those who are lactose intolerant or who are vegans.  I could not resist the urge and turned the cake into cupcakes and they were lovely.  I did not have any icing sugar (confectioners’ sugar) on hand to sprinkle over the top so I dipped them in brown sugar instead and the crunch added a nice texture contrast to the lovely soft and moist crumb of the cupcake.

Dairy Free Cake / Cupcakes


1½ cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
5 tbsp oil
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup water


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix.
  4. Divide the mixture into 12 muffin tins lined with paper cases.
  5. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes.
  6. Once cooled, dip into sugar or sprinkle with icing sugar (confectioners’ sugar).

33 thoughts on “Dairy Free Cake

  1. Nice one, I read the recipe on Rita’s blog and made a note to try it. And then completely forgot about it … getting old is not for sissies ;p

  2. I love the idea of using sugar crystals for icing – I keep the multi coloured ones on hand for guests so will save this idea for next time we entertain 🙂

      • They’re also much lighter than common chocolate cakes. Absolutely wonderful!!!
        P.S. Mandy, I’ve made cupcakes using this recipe, too!! They’re for Lapo’s first birthday (that is, today). They’re marvellous!!!
        P.P.S. Thanks for the mention! 😉

  3. Water makes an awesome chocolate cake. I havent tried it yet with vanilla or other cakes. Had to do a dairy free wedding cake a couple years ago. Your cupcakes look so pretty with the sugar crystals. A great idea. Thanks for sharing xx

  4. I actually haven’t decorated them. I kept them plain and simple because we’re celebrating Lapo’s b-day on Sunday and we’re planning some pretty decorated cakes for that day… Surprise surprise… I will surely post the pics on facebook and maybe on the blog! 🙂

  5. I actually know quite a few people who would LOVE this recipe (their children have dairy allergies). These turned out really lovely!

  6. I like the sugar as sprinkles. While my kiddos would totally disagree, I kinda like cupcakes w/o all the frosting piled on top.

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