The following cake recipe is not only great for kids’ birthday parties but it is also nut and lactose free so you don’t have to worry about allergies and reactions. In other words, you get to have a worry free party. This delightful rich chocolate cake recipe is an especially great 1st birthday cake recipes.
- Rice flour – 2 ¾ cups
- Cocoa powder – 1 cup
- Baking soda – 1 tablespoon
- Salt – ½ tablespoon
- Shortening (soy and dairy free) – 1 ½ cups (you will easily find this at any store)
- Sugar – 2 ½ cups
- Eggs – 4
- Rice or almond milk – 1 ½ cups
- Maple syrup – ¼ cup (you can replace this with jam)
- Vanilla extract – 2 teaspoons
- Beat the shortening and sugar in a mixer until light and fluffy. This should take about 3-4 minutes at high speed.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- In the meantime, sift together the rice flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. You can also add some chocolate chips if you want.
- Add the eggs to the sugar and shortening mix, one by one. Beat well after each addition. In the end, you will get a slightly viscous mix that is glossy.
- Now add the maple syrup or jam, vanilla extract and rice milk and beat well.
- Use a wooden spatula to mix the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the mix, spoon by spoon. Do not over-mix.
- Pour the mixture in cake pans and bake for 35 minutes. At the end of the baking time, a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake should come out clean.
- Remove the cake from the pan and let it cool on a wire rack.
- Your chocolate cake is ready.
For dairy free icing:
- Powdered sugar – 2 cups
- Dairy free margarine – ½ cup
- Almond milk – ¼ cup
- Cocoa powder (unsweetened) – ¾ cup
- Vanilla essence – ½ teaspoon
- Beat the sugar and margarine using an electric hand mixer until well combined.
- Add the almond milk, cocoa powder and vanilla to the mix and let it rest for some time.
- You can decorate the cake in two ways: one is to make the layers with frosting, and the other is to just spread the icing all over the cake and enjoy.
- When spreading the icing on the cake, start with the top and let it slide all the way down the sides. Put it in the refrigerator to set to get the ‘dripping chocolate’ look.
Remember the key to a perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe is to beat the ingredients to the right consistency. The cake batter should not be too fluid or too thick; dropping consistency is just perfect.