Looking for a great egg-free vanilla cake

Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2007 - 10:48am
NicoleinNH's picture
Joined: 06/21/2003 - 09:00

My DD is turning 2 in March and she avoids eggs, peanuts, nuts like her 5 yr old sister with those known allergies.

I am going to make her a Dora cake with a Wilton pan, but my problem is that I haven't had good luck with the egg-free vanilla cakes--they tend to be sticky and not come out of the pan well, which makes decorating harder. I have the book "Bakin' Without Eggs" and I've had great luck with the chocolate cakes, but not vanilla. The soon-to-be birthday girl hasn't tried chocolate yet and I'd like to keep it that way for a while.

We've been using the Cherrybrook Farms vanilla cake mixes, but I'm not a huge fan of the taste. I like that those mixes are available when in a pinch, but I'm not crazy about the taste.

I appreciate any recipes. The vanilla ones I've tried are 1) too sticky or 2) take forever to cook and the middle is somewhat raw but the top is burnt.


Posted on: Sun, 02/04/2007 - 1:47pm
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

This makes a good sturdy cake, especially if you make it with all-purpose flour.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 2:09am
NicoleinNH's picture
Joined: 06/21/2003 - 09:00

Cathy-So instead of the cake flour, use all-purpose flour?
I'll give it a try.

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 6:09am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

Yes. Also, I've read that some people use parchment paper on the bottom the cake pan to help keep the cake from sticking. I've never tried that myself.
I've found that certain flours don't work because they don't absorb as much moisture. I tried the FAAN cake with a finely ground whole wheat pastry flour. The cake was crumbly and stuck to the pan. If I use regular all-purpose flour (like Gold Medal unbleached all-purpose) the cake comes out of the pan much easier. I always use round pans. If you are using a shaped pan, you might want to try using the parchment paper (note that this is NOT the same as wax paper!)
I hope it works for you!

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 6:42am
PurpleCat's picture
Joined: 01/28/2006 - 09:00

Parchment paper is great for regular cake pans.
Wilton character pans have details that will not come out if you use parchment paper. I have fabulous luck with using Pam with Flour or Bakers Joy spray. It gets in all the little details and my cakes come right out.
Good luck with the yellow cake and post how you make out and how you like the recipe. I have had terrible luck with yellow cakes. It would seem that egg is the ingredient that gives yellow cake it's special taste and texture. Without it they are just not right.
I agree with you, I do not like Cherrybrook Kitchens - that yellow cake doesn't taste good! I have the same cookbook as you and don't like those yellow cake recipes either. I have done lots of experimenting without success!
There are a few threads in the recipe section with lots of hints - I have tried them all, even to make the Cherrybrook yellow cake with soda. Still just not right! Most of them were pasty by the second day - yuck!
Good luck! I hope you have great success!!

Posted on: Mon, 02/05/2007 - 1:15pm
SallyL's picture
Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

I'd love to know too! I tried a couple with the Kingsmills egg replacer and it fell apart!! I did make the Wondermold with it and it held, but the 8 inch cakes fell apart as I iced it. It tried with a number of different mixes.
I've heard adding a can of sprite to the mix (and nothing else) works, but I haven't tried that yet.

Posted on: Thu, 02/08/2007 - 5:11am
NicoleinNH's picture
Joined: 06/21/2003 - 09:00

WESTPORTER posted the recipe--I found it when I did a search---IT WORKED!!!! YUMMY!
After many months of trying & failing with baking yellow cakes, I finally found one that is great and super easy. I have tried all of the FAAN cakes, including the hints of adding extra applesauce and dry pudding mix, but they still came out too crumbly. Anyway, this one below I've adapted from "Bakin without eggs" because my DS is very allergic to milk (and eggs, peanuts.
1 box Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Classic Yellow cake (this only contains wheat)
1 box (3.4oz) Jello Instant Pudding Mix, French Vanilla or Vanilla Flavor (without the pudding mix, the cake will be too crumbly)
1.5 cups ginger ale (can be room temp or cold)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons flour
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease either round pans or 13 x 9 pan. I use Pam spray. You MUST also line the pans with Parchment paper, because it will stick! I also spray the parchment paper lightly with Pam too(a tip from Martha Stewart). I did try making this cake in a bundt pan, but it stuck a little. So, it may stick in the character shaped pans too (bummer).
2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. With a handheld mixer, beat for 3 minutes until creamy.
3. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for 30-40 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes in pan on wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely before serving.
My quest for a great peanut-, egg-free vanilla cake might finally be over. The above cake is very good. I used Betty Crocker Yellow cake mix and a package of vanilla pudding mix, but followed the rest of the recipe. I made cupcakes with the paper liners--no problem. I greased and floured the cake pan (plain round one---I am going to try a character pan this weekend) and the cake came out great without stickiness.
I'm also going to try the other recipes sometime within the week.

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2007 - 5:33am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

Just saying thanks too...I just made my 1yr old her first cake, I used a cake mix though(it only mentioned wheat as an allergen, which was fine). I mixed in the oil/baking powder/water instead of eggs and then I added some applesauce...I just left it in the pan, it was very sticky so didn't even attempt it. But I will hold onto the above recipe, thanks!!! I have trouble finding vanilla cake recipies because one of my kids can't have chocolate....they always seem to be cocoa flavored!!! anyways, [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
edit...wish I could try the cake with the pudding mix, that sounds YUMMY!!! But we have 2 milk allergies [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)
[This message has been edited by chanda4 (edited February 19, 2007).]

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2007 - 6:55am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by chanda4:
[b]edit...wish I could try the cake with the pudding mix, that sounds YUMMY!!! But we have 2 milk allergies [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img][/b]
I don't know if it would work in the recipe, but Dr. Oetker pudding mixes are dairy and egg free. We use them to make pudding [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] all the time.
Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

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