Whether it’s time for a smash cake or a birthday cake for any age, this egg-free dairy-free nut-free gluten-free CHOCOLATE CAKE is sure to hit the spot. This allergy friendly cake is perfect for adults and kids allergic to eggs, dairy, nuts, and gluten.

No eggs. No dairy. No nuts. Gluten free.

If wheat flour agrees with you, this recipe also works with regular all purpose flour. Just substitute 1:1.

Not into chocolate? Try our Vanilla Wacky Cake.

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This type of cake made with basic ingredients became popular during The Great Depression when supplies were in limited supply. It doesn’t use milk, butter, or eggs which is actually what makes it semi-allergen friendly.

Call it what you want, but this extremely simple cake has been passed down for generations and has gotten different names as time passed.

But does it still taste good?

Yes! It’s sweet, it’s spongy and it’s got a good rise. Eat it plain, with an elegant dusting of powdered sugar, or topped with frosting and sprinkles. It’ll work any way you want it to!

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Egg-free Dairy-free Nut-free Chocolate Cake

egg-free dairy-free nut-free gluten-free chocolate cake

Original and Double Stuf varieties of Oreos are made on peanut and tree-nut free lines. Oreos make great toppings!

We like Pillsbury Frosting, which is free of nuts, dairy, and eggs.

 Cherrybrook Kitchen has a chocolate frosting mix that is from a peanut and nut free facility. Dedicated equipment free of dairy, egg, and gluten. They also carry a vanilla frosting mix.

Miss Jones Baking frosting is made in tree nut and peanut-free facilities (with the exception of coconut oil). It comes in a variety of flavors.

The Festival brand of sprinkles are from nut-free lines.

Gluten-free Egg-free Cake

For a gluten-free flour, use a gluten-free blend such as Namaste Perfect Flour Blend.

Products from Namaste Foods are allergen friendly and free of wheat, gluten, egg, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy. All their products are Top-8 allergen free and can be found in grocery stores and online. They have their own dedicated facility and offer regular as well as organic varieties.

I love that Namaste Foods is a women-owned and family-operated.

chocolate wacky cake

Gluten-free Chocolate Wacky Cake (allergy friendly)

A delicious allergy friendly cake that is egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free. Great as a smash cake or birthday or any occasion. Can be made into 12 cupcakes.

Course Dessert
Keyword dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free
Cook Time 30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 Cups gluten-free flour (or regular all-purpose flour)
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¾ Cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup water


  1. Mix all ingredients together.

  2. Pour cake batter into 8.5" diameter x 1" cake pan.

  3. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or 15-20 minutes for cupcakes. Done when a toothpick comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

  1. Makes 1 cake: 8.5” diameter x 1” tall or 12 cupcakes.
  2. For a double layer cake, make 2 cakes and stack them with frosting or jam in between.
  3. Oil can be melted coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, vegetable oil, etc.
  4. If you are not sensitive to gluten, this recipe works with regular all-purpose flour.

Not into chocolate? Try our Vanilla Wacky Cake. It’s also Egg-free Dairy-free Nut-free.

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Whether it’s time for a smash cake or a birthday cake for any age, this egg-free dairy-free nut-free gluten-free CHOCOLATE CAKE is sure to hit the spot.


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