Here’s a little treat for you today! When planning a low-key, afternoon party for Elsie’s first birthday a few weeks ago, I knew I wanted to provide a few special desserts for our guests. I wanted to keep the desserts–like the whole party–simple not fancy. But there was a catch: I needed to accommodate several allergies (dairy, eggs, nuts) and celiac disease (gluten) of friends and family. I wanted everyone to be able to enjoy some cake to help us celebrate.
Finding allergy-friendly recipes that you can trust without testing is a challenge. I did a lot of cake research! Luckily an acquaintance came through and shared her chocolate cake recipe with me, and it was a winner. It’s moist, decadent, and dairy-, egg-, and nut-free. I substituted a gluten-free flour mix, doubled the recipe to make two 9-inch round cakes, and layered them with dark chocolate frosting and flowers on top. The cake was not only easy to make but also a hit, and even those without allergies couldn’t tell the difference! This is definitely one to file away as a must-have recipe for celebrations.
P.S. I also made a vegan vanilla cake, which I used for Elsie’s smash cake as well. Stay tuned for that recipe!
Dark chocolate frosting (homemade or a dairy-free, store-bought brand)