Milk Free Cake

Updated on October 23, 2011
K.L. asks from Fort Stewart, GA
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My son's 1st birthday is coming up and I need to make a milk free cake for him (soy is OK). I am nervous about doing this as I have not had to bake like this before. Does anyone have any recipes that have worked well for you? Also, what do you do for frosting? I have read online that duncan hines cake and frosting is milk free, but have yet to go to the market to check it out. If anyone has any information or tips that would help me, that would be great! Thanks!

Edited: My son has a possible milk allergy, but will not be getting tested until he is 1 year. We need to avoid anything with any type of cow or goats milk.

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answers from Seattle on

Milk free or dairy free or lactose free or milk protein free?

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answers from Miami on

I use this recipe:

White Cake

Ingredients (use vegan versions):

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
1 tablespoon mild vinegar
1 tablespoon vanila
1/4 teaspoon almond extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix or sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

2. Measure in the wet ingredients, and stir with a fork until no lumps remain.

3. Pour into an 8 x 8" pan. No need to grease if you're serving it from the pan. Otherwise, grease and flour pan.

4. Bake for 35 minutes or until tests done.

Serves: one 8 x 8 cake

I get the recipe from this site:
It's pretty versatile. I know the vinegar sounds weird, but it's a delicious cake, especially if you add in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder. Make sure the vinegar is the last thing you add. You can also substitute almond (or soy) milk for water which is what I always do. Instead of worrying about frosting, just sift some powdered sugar on top.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I have a great recipe that I can email to you if you PM me your email address. It is chocolate and it is SOOOO yummy.

And yes, MOST Duncan Hines frostings are dairy free. We usually buy the "Classic Chocolate." Always read labels and remember to check for whey and casein/caseinates as well.

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answers from New York on

My best friend has a daughter who has life threatening milk allergies. I think she uses the A&P store brand cakes - I think the name of them is America's Choice. I don't know if you have that store where you are but if you do, check out that brand.

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answers from Austin on

I posted a recipe earlier that is dairy and milk free.... it is chocolate. I don't usually put icing on it, since it is so moist it doesn't need icing.

Wacky Chocolate Cake

3 C Flour
2 C sugar
6 T baking cocoa (the dry powder)
2 tsp baking soda
3 T vinegar
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 C oil
2 C cold water

Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa, and baking soda) in a 9 x 13 pan (don't grease the pan). Make 3 holes and add vinegar, vanilla, and veg. oil (I put 1 item in each hole). Pour cold water over all and mix well.

Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or longer.

Really yummy! This has been a long time favorite in our house, and I rarely buy a box cake mix anymore.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

I can honestly say I have never added milk to any cake I have ever baked. I do cook from scratch a lot so maybe if you look in cookbooks.

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answers from Portland on

You can substitute rice, soy, or coconut milk for the milk in any recipe. If you want to eliminate butter, use margarine or shortening.

You can make frosting using any liquid. It doesn't have to be milk. I've used powdered sugar, butter (margarine, shortening), and orange juice. Cream the fat with the powdered sugar and gradually add enough liquid to make the frosting spreadable. You can use rice, soy, or coconut milk and a flavoring such as vanilla.

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