Have a baby turning one? If you are as diligent as I was with my kids, then she hasn’t been exposed to lots of allergens yet. So why make her birthday the first time? Make a cake just for her without tree nuts, peanuts, soy, eggs and dairy and you can have fun on her big day instead of worrying about something like this: my son has a sensitivity to milk and the dairy-filled frosting he smeared all over himself on his first birthday put a damper on the festivities as we had to stop the party to give him a full bath to calm his itchy, red skin. This recipe is worth the trip to the healthy food store for a little peace of mind.
one messy baby

Simple Cake

2/3 cup rice milk
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup light agave nectar
1/3 cup applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 325°. Cut 2 circles from parchment paper to fit 2 six-inch round cake pans. Lightly oil and flour the round cake pans and place parchment circles in the bottom. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice milk and apple cider vinegar. Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes to curdle. With a stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat in agave nectar, applesauce and vanilla. Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until smooth. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of both cakes comes out clean. Let pans cool for 30 minutes and then carefully turn out onto a cooling rack. Once both cakes are completely cooled, stack (with a layer of frosting or organic jam between cake layers) and frost.


(this may contain soy, depending on your margarine):
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated shortening
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated and dairy-free margarine, like Earth Balance
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup rice milk
Beat the shortening and margarine together until well combined and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for about 3 more minutes. Add the vanilla and rice milk. Beat for another 5 to 7 minutes until fluffy.

(Both recipes adapted from the book “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World”)

For all of the adorable pictures and posts from the Pink First Birthday Party, click on the tag below.


  1. Brittany ~ I thought my bib was cute until I saw it pictured on the "birthday girl"!!! She is just precious… Thanks so much for your support of my shop! As always, all the best to you and One Charming Party!!! ~ Karen

    Karen Wilson/lillybelle Designs    Saturday, July 11, 2009
  2. Such a wonderful recipe! I have used it several times for my daughter who is allergic to many food as well as has seasonal allergies. My husband and I have put her on many medications and have found that Flonase over the counter is the only medication that"ll take care of the sniffles and sneezing. We did some research on allergies and found "kiwi drug" news to be the most helpful. Allergies are a terrible thing and food allergies or seasonal i feel so terrible for my child thats until I found your posting! Thank you so very much!

    Happy mother!    Wednesday, October 28, 2009
  3. Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking you feeds also, Thanks.

    Julie McCullough    Friday, February 19, 2010
  4. oh my goodness! thank you so much for posting this. I just came acrossed your website and was cruising the first birthday tags– and this is what I have been looking for! I want to make a dog cake for my son, but I didn’t want anything toooo bad in it. Thank you again! when I blog about my son’s cake later this month— I will be be giving you the credit for the recipe!

    Aaryn    Saturday, April 3, 2010
  5. Wonderful idea posting this age appropriate cake recipe. Thanks!!

    Shalimar    Monday, May 17, 2010
  6. Thank you do much!! I look forward to adapting this for my sons 1st Birthday!

    Robyn Beazley    Sunday, December 18, 2011
  7. Love this recipe! And where can I buy this bib!?

    Katie    Sunday, July 15, 2012
  8. Hi Katie–I think the bib link is in one of the other posts. Look here: http://onecharmingparty.com/2009/07/02/etsy-love/ Or the etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lillybelledesigns xo

    Brittany    Sunday, July 15, 2012
  9. Great recipe! Do you know if I could sub an all purpose gluten free flour? If not, any suggestions on making it GF too? Thanks!!!

    Jennifer    Friday, May 31, 2013
  10. Hi there. I just made the cake and icing. I taste tested both and they’re delicious. The only problem I am having is that the icy is runny :(. Any tips to fix it and make it harden?? I put both the excess frosting and frosted cake in the fridge hoping it’ll harden :-/…not sure if it’ll work so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    Jenise    Saturday, February 15, 2014

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