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30 March, 2015

Winnie the Pooh Chocolate Birthday cake (gluten-free, vegan, natural icing colors)- Meatless Monday

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It was time for another birthday cake in the family, this time for my son who turned four. As you would have guessed, Winnie the Pooh is his latest favorite.


This had to be a gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free cake, owing to some food restrictions. And if you know me, I try to use homemade icing colors as much as possible. That way, this theme was do-able in a simple sense.

I know that you may be thinking: What is the big deal with gluten-free (wheat-free) and dairy-free, it does not affect me; why should I care! But only when there is a necessity that we truly appreciate the amount of that work goes on to create new recipes that cater to people with special diets. I’m putting this out there even if only a small percentage of readers actually look for a GF, vegan cake. It matters to my family now, and may be it will benefit somebody else too, some day.

I have been working hard to get a good GF, vegan chocolate cake recipe. Tried some recipes on the web; but they contain xanthan gum that makes a very chewy/ gummy texture. So here, I tried my own flour blend without the gum. It works to my satisfaction, at least! And many people liked it at the party too. They are all friends of mine with no food intolerance and did not guess that this cake has no wheat in it. I’m hoping that they truly enjoyed the cake. πŸ˜‰

This is my second entry at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #61 co-hosted by Selma and Margy, and Poppy’s Virtual Vegan Potluck #32. I’m also linking this at Sweet and Savory Sunday #106 at Baking In PyjamasΒ and Tuesday’s Table @ Love From The Kitchen.

Chocolate cake (GF, vegan)

  • Servings: 12 cupcakes or one 8-inch cake
  • Time: 55 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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My Flour Blend:

Sorghum (Jowar) flour- 40 g

Oat flour- 20 g

Tapioca starch- 20 g

Rice flour- 20 g

Coconut flour- 1 tbsp.



Flour blend- 1 cup

baking soda- 1 1/2 tsp.

cocoa powder- 1/2 cup

brown sugar- 1 cup

salt- a pinch

ground chia seeds- 2 tbsp.


applesauce- 1/3 cup

unsweetened almond milk- 1/3 cup

canola oil- 1/3 cup

vinegar- 1 tbsp.

warm water- 6 tbsp.

vanilla extract- 1 tsp.


1. Preheat oven to 350 Β°F. Soak ground chia seeds in warm water and let it sit for a few minutes.

2. Combine wet ingredients and chia mixture in a big bowl.

3. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl and slowly add to the wet mixture in portions with stirring.

4. Pour into a greased 8″ pan or divide into 12 cupcake liners in a muffin pan.

5. Bake for 40 minutes (cake) or 28 minutes (cupcakes). Ensure that a toothpick inserted in the center comes clean.

6. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Frosting Ingredients:

Spectrum shortening, Powdered sugar, beet juice concentrate, carrot juice concentrate, cocoa powder, chocolate, black-strap molasses, water. Look at this Elmo cake post for more details.


20 thoughts on : Winnie the Pooh Chocolate Birthday cake (gluten-free, vegan, natural icing colors)- Meatless Monday

  • March 30, 2015 at 4:46 am

    Awesome Apsara!!! Happy birthday to your son πŸ™‚

    • apsara
      March 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      thank you so much, Malar.

  • March 30, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Happy Birthday to the little guy! That cake is adorable! And very special! Gotta appreciate Mom’s hard work making such a healthy cake. You are a wonderful Mom, Apsara! πŸ™‚

    • apsara
      March 30, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you very much for the lovely words, Angie. Made my day! Don’t you agree that the biggest satisfaction comes from making kids happy? πŸ™‚

  • March 30, 2015 at 9:36 am

    This is superb Apsara. Not only have you come up with a fantastic allergy-free bake, your skills as a decorator amaze me!

  • March 30, 2015 at 9:37 am

    A Very Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns to your son πŸ™‚

    • apsara
      March 30, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you very much, Anu. Will pass on your wishes to him!

  • March 30, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Wow! I love Winnie the Pooh. This cake is so adorable, I hope I could make a cake as cute as this. πŸ™‚ Happy birthday to your son. xx

    • apsara
      March 31, 2015 at 12:37 am

      Oh yes, you’re a big fan of the Pooh bear! I remember the cute videos you have shared. I’m so glad you like this Jhuls.

    • apsara
      March 31, 2015 at 12:44 am

      thank you, Margy!

  • March 30, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Happy birthday little hero:-) guess he must have enjoyed the day with this cake..looks awesome

    • apsara
      March 31, 2015 at 12:44 am

      Will convey your wishes, Vidya. Thank you!

    • apsara
      March 31, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      thank you, Poppy. xo

  • April 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Happy Birthday to ‘Winnie the Pooh’ fan! Hope your son enjoyed the cake as much as we adore this beautiful cake!

    • apsara
      April 1, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      thank you, Sridevi. Will pass on your wishes. He did enjoy it. Now, my kids have learned to demand new decorations, I think I’m in trouble. πŸ˜‰

  • April 11, 2015 at 9:26 am

    You did a fantastic job, dear Apsara! Well done you!
    I wish i was a kid again! πŸ™‚
    I love your recipe a lot too! MMMMM!

    • apsara
      April 11, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Thank you, dear. The kids loved it too. πŸ™‚

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