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10 April, 2016

Fun Chocolate Birthday Cakes (gluten free, vegan, natural icing colors)

Comments : 9 Posted in : Desserts, eggless cakes, Gluten free baking on by : apsara Tags: , , , , , , ,

Regular readers of this blog know that I am passionate about avoiding artificial flavors and colors, even in cakes and icing. Many synthetic colors that are used in food are known to have harmful effect on the body, especially in children. Read this article about the dark side of food colors from Food Matters.

One of the main reasons I started baking my kids’ birthday cakes was to avoid artificial ingredients in store-bought cakes. Yes, it may be “just that one time” and the cake is consumed by many people, so “it may be O.K”. But then these effects add up over time and toxins build up in the body this way. And usually, the host gets the remainder of the cake after the party and tends to eat it over the next couple of days. 

Baking my kids’ birthday cakes was another fun opportunity for me to experiment with icing colors. My son wanted “Sid The Science Kid” cake and wanted it in blue!


Blue color is something hard to make at home, especially with icing. So, I tried this spirulina based blue color that I recently bought at Thrive Market. It worked so well and produces a vibrant color.


I also used a kit from India Tree that I have mentioned in this earlier post:


What about the cake? It is a gluten-free chocolate cake with strawberry filling. The cake is made moist with zucchini, and tastes actually better than a regular chocolate cake made with flour.

My daughter is a fan of Wild Kratts. So I made another simple, 6″ 2-layered cake with that theme.


Ingredients of the cake:

GF flour blend with sorghum (jowar), oat flour, tapioca starch, rice flour, psyllium husk or isabgol

cocoa powder,

grated zucchini,

almond milk,

unsweetened applesauce,


grapeseed oil

baking powder, baking soda, salt


vanilla essence

Filling: organic strawberry fruit spread

Ingredients of icing:

Spectrum organic vegetable shortening, powdered sugar, cornstarch, vanilla essence and natural color

I will post the detailed recipe soon.

Sharing these cakes at Fiesta Friday #114 at Angie’s blog co-hosted by Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook and at Real Food Fridays #134 at Organic4GreenLivings.






9 thoughts on : Fun Chocolate Birthday Cakes (gluten free, vegan, natural icing colors)

  • April 10, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Fantastic post Apsara

    • apsara
      April 10, 2016 at 3:06 am

      thank you, dear Sonal

  • April 10, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Apsara, the cakes are so pretty! I love that you stick to not using artificial colors. Using them is really not good. I have made colorful cake, but you inspire me now. Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you are enjoying Fiesta Friday. 🙂

    • apsara
      April 10, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      You’re so sweet with your comments, Jhuls. Thank you for co-hosting FF and I’m so glad you like these little cakes.

  • April 10, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Apsara,
    Thanks for sharing these natural dyes and alternatives to conventional food coloring. Dyes cause so many health problems especially in children. I cannot consume any type of dye – they cause an allergic reaction – usually hives, anxiety and insomnia. I love your cakes they are very creative and colorful. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!

    • apsara
      April 10, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Marla, thank you for sharing your experience with food dyes. And for the excellent blog hop opportunity!

  • April 10, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Great going Apsara. I avoid colors in my cake only because I hate artificial food coloring. I will check out these options that you used. thanks!

  • Manasa
    April 11, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    I really love the way u r taking care of children food, I too wanna make like this. And particularity in each one , superb.

    • apsara
      April 12, 2016 at 12:16 am

      Thank you so much!

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