The Best Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake

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My sweet mom has perfected the recipe of the best egg-free, dairy-free chocolate cake! Between my nut allergies and lactose intolerance, and my brother’s egg allergy, our family was never able to eat a store-bought cake. My wonderful mom never gave up on us, though, and continued to work through and find the perfect chocolate cake recipe.

This recipe is both simple and delicious! A common problem with baked goods made without eggs is that the dough never seems to rise – or lacks a fluffy consistency.

You can see from the pictures (and will experience this when you make this delicious cake) that this recipe somehow still gives that fluffy consistency.

I most recently made this recipe for my husband’s birthday. My husband does not have any dietary restrictions, but he absolutely loved the cupcakes! This man is used to store-bought cake with plenty of eggs and dairy, and he did not even notice a difference! I added some simple decorations to make these look like smore cupcakes. Simple graham cracker and dairy-free chocolate to decorate 🙂

I hope this recipe can make special occasions special again! I know how frustrating it can be to not share dessert in special occasions, or feel like you are always missing out.

The Best Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake  


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 T. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 5 T. canola/vegetable oil
  • 1 cup soy milk (or water)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 cake pan (or cupcake pan depending).
  2. In a medium bowl, add together wet ingredients.
  3. Mix in dry ingredients with wet ingredients.
  4. Pour ingredients into cake pan.
  5. Bake 35 minutes for cake, and 20-25 minutes for cupcakes.


Caitlin has grown up in Los Angeles acquiring food allergies, a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, a loving husband, and an amazing job as a Children's Librarian. She enjoys spending time with family, trips to the beach with her husband, Sundays at church, and writing. Having food allergies is a struggle, but Caitlin hopes with more resources available, people can learn to thrive with food allergies.

8 thoughts on “The Best Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake

  1. Thank you so much for this recipe! We are egg free but not dairy so I’m curious to know what you think about adding a little sour cream to the recipe. Do I need to sub something or can I add a bit without changes?

    1. Thank you for the compliment, Erin! I have never been able to use sour cream in baking, so I do not have personal experience with that. However, I have done some research and found that you can use 1 cup of sour cream to replace 1 cup of milk in recipes.
      Decrease the baking powder in the recipe by 1 tsp. for each cup of sour cream used, and increase the baking soda by 1 tsp.

      I cannot guarantee how this will work, but I hope this helps! Enjoy 🙂

  2. These look great and I cant wait to try it. Is the frosting egg and dairy free as well? Do you have a recipe for that?

  3. I’ve been asked by a bride to make a nut-free and dairy-free cake for some kids at the wedding, my only concern with cocoa is: can I stop my worry of nut allergies? Do I need to read labels to make sure it’s 100% nut free as some places make multiple things in a place that has nuts. I don’t want to be that person! 😉 I’m so excited to try this out!!!

    1. That’s so great that you are making allergy-friendly cake for the kids at the wedding. Definitely check all labels to make sure that they are completely nut-free and dairy-free!

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