Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Vanilla Cupcakes

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egg-free dairy-free vanilla cupcakes

Quick side note: Over the last month, I’ve taken a bit of a break from the blog. Along with my husband’s new job, moving to new a place, and getting a puppy (who is the cutest little terror), I also received some criticism of my blog, which caused some discouragement. I received a message from a few members of the food allergy community that felt my voice wasn’t of value because I don’t have children of my own. I have lived, and thrived, with life-threatening food allergies for my entire life (almost 26 years). I have worked on new recipes for myself and my younger brother who has additional food allergies. I have been to countless doctor appointments, and lived through terrifying reactions that sent me to the hospital. I hope the fact that I am not a mother yet (though I do hope to be one day) does not invalidate my voice, since I am living with these life-threatening food allergies myself. I have never tried to pretend that I am a parent, or that I know what parents go through, but I do feel that I have a unique perspective to share, and to potentially help parents and children that are walking through the same food allergy journey that I have lived through. The goal of my blog has been to share help and encouragement with others in the food allergy community (whether they themselves have food allergies, or know or love someone with food allergies). I hope that this blog can continue to help others 🙂

egg-free dairy-free vanilla cupcakes

With that being said, I am happy to say that I spent all day this past Friday working on new recipes, practicing my food photography, and thinking of new posts. While I have a few posts coming down the pike, I wanted to share my vanilla cupcake recipe, as this has been requested by a few different people!

egg-free dairy-free vanilla cupcakes

While I will always stand by the fact that chocolate is better than vanilla, I have to say these cupcakes are delicious (and definitely easy to make). My husband would disagree with me, though, and say that these vanilla cupcakes are his favorite. You should have seen his face light up when he got home from work on Friday and saw that I was working on these cupcakes. He grabbed two before he even said hello!

egg-free dairy-free vanilla cupcakes

These allergy-friendly vanilla cupcakes are super simple to make, and do not require any weird or expensive ingredients (especially if you already have non-dairy milk in the fridge).

egg-free dairy-free vanilla cupcakes

Depending on your allergies, if you can eat egg (I technically can, but my brother cannot), I recommend my dairy-free meringue frosting, that does include egg. However, if you cannot have egg (like my brother) you can use my favorite egg-free, dairy-free buttercream frosting (shown in the pictures). Enjoy!

egg-free dairy-free vanilla cupcakes

Egg-free, Dairy-free Vanilla Cupcakes 


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (or for a hint of lemon, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 tsp. lemon extract
  • 1 egg substitute – 1 tsp. baking powder + 1 1/2 T. water + 1 1/2 T. oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cupcake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, add together wet ingredients.
  3. Mix in dry ingredients with wet ingredients.
  4. Pour batter into cupcake pan (fill each cup 1/2 to 2/3 full)
  5. Bake 15 to 18 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean).
  6. Frost with your favorite frosting (I suggest my meringue frosting or buttercream frosting). Enjoy!

egg-free dairy-free vanilla 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.

37 thoughts on “Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Vanilla Cupcakes

  1. I would have done just about anything to have a resource like you, when I was raising you kids. Some light on the future ahead, someone to ask questions, not just about food, but how to help kids feel confident, strong and safe. Strange that this group would ignore that. However, knowing your blog is helping so many others, I would simply disregard and refocus your energy on the grateful ones.

    1. “Grateful one” like me!! I don’t care if you have no kids or 10, I am thrilled when others “get it” and so, so grateful for safe ideas and inspiration for my family. Many thanks! Can’t wait to try these 🙂

    2. I would completely agree, as a mother of children with food allergies, I have always wondered how they felt. You know first hand what they are going through. I don’t, i can only see the effects food have on them. I’m so glad to come across your blog and cant wait to try this recipe out. i’ve always struggled finding deserts that taste similar to ones from my childhood.

      1. Thank you so much – that is good to hear! Definitely look through my different recipes – my mom and I have both worked hard on dessert recipes that taste like the actual desserts!

    3. Don’t listen to others, obviously they have nothing else better to yap at! I appreciate these recipes! I have food allergies and my 18 month great niece. Breaks my heart she cannot enjoy a cookie or cupcake with others! Aunt Sis is making her your cupcakes and frosting today!!! Extra frosting!!! Can’t wait to see her with icing on her sweet little face! Thank you and “KEEP” up the wonderful work!

  2. Might be a silly question BUT can use lactaid? I am TERRIBLE at these things and thought I would ask before destroying a batch!

    Thank you so much for posting!!!

  3. I can’t wait to try making these. I have food allergies (mosty nuts and coconut) but my kids don’t. As i get older my allergies are getting worse. I love baked goods but HATE to have to make special food for me and “regular” food for everyone else.

    1. I totally understand feeling like you have to make multiple batches of the same food depending on allergies. My husband does not have food allergies, but had to assume the same dietary restrictions at home to keep me safe. I try to work on recipes that I know he will enjoy too – and he loves these! We’ve made these for friends too, and they didn’t even realize that they were free of eggs, dairy, and nuts! 🙂

  4. I am so sad to hear that you’ve received criticism of ANY kind from the food allergy community. You are LIVING this yourself, and clearly understand better than anyone what parents of food allergy kids are going through. My sincere belief is they every voice we have in this community is invaluable, and I thank you for yours! ? As far as these cupcakes… I’ve been searching high & low for a good vanilla one and can’t wait to try these- they look perfect! Hang in there & keep up the awesome work!

  5. I love your blog! I think it’s ridiculous that people were upset that you are sharing allergy friendly recipes and don’t have children. What does it matter if you have kids or not? I’m grateful that you are sharing these recipes. I myself don’t have food allergies but my daughter does and I’m always looking for new things for her to try. She also has life threatening allergies so that makes it even more challenging. Thank you so much for all that you do here!

  6. Hi! These sound delicious and I’m going to try them for my peanut free and egg free son! One question – he can do dairy, so can I do an even swap of regular milk for the non-dairy milk? I wasn’t sure if the consistency would change. Thank you and I’m looking forward to catching up on all your posts!!

    1. Hi Jaime! I am so sorry I’m just getting back to you – I have been out of commision for health reasons, but am just getting back to the blog! In case you are still wondering, you absolutely can still use regular milk in this recipe.

  7. I have to thank you for saving my toddler’s birthday. This was the only recipe that worked as written every other recipe I tried was a disaster. I’m about to pull the cupcakes out of the oven and they look gorgeous. Thanks for saving a very desperate and frustrated mom you’re awesome!

    1. I am so glad to hear that the recipe worked for you! I definitely know how you feel when you try to find safe recipes, and they are a total flop. Happy Birthday to your toddler!

  8. I am making this cake for Easter and I am so excited! I have a Granddaughter that has dairy allergy and as a result misses our on so much!!!
    I just have one question, the picture shows cupcake wrappers but the recipe says to grease the cupcake pan. Can I use paper wrappers?

    1. Yes, you can absolutely use wrappers and skip greasing the pan! (This also makes for an easier clean up ?). I’m so glad you are able to make this for your granddaughter! I hope you enjoy, and have a wonderful Easter.

    1. I use all purpose flour for this recipe. I have never tried this recipe with coconut flour. If you do make this recipe with coconut flour, please let me know how it turns out!

  9. Just stumbled across your blog and I’m loving it. My 18 year old daughter has had food allergies since she was 18 months old and she will be graduating HS in 3 days. Your info,experiences, and recipes are still valuable to everyone in the FA community,especially those young adults heading out on their own who now have to step outside their comfort zone! Whatever path our daughter takes, she will always have a safe place to come home to because FA are our way of life. Always share your experiences because it will help those who are newly diagnosed and don’t know what to do. Don’t get discouraged. Keep up the fantastic work.

    1. Congratulations to your daughter! Graduating high school is a very exciting time. Sounds like she has a wonderful family that helps to keep her safe 🙂 Thank you for your encouragement as well! Feel free to contact me if you have any ideas for posts or questions. I’m happy to share my experiences and knowledge!

  10. Will this recipe work replacing the regular flour with a gluten free flour blend? Thanks, Leanne

  11. I am excited to try these as my husband is lactose intolerant and I have been looking for a good cupcake recipe to make him. I am just wondering though how many cupcakes this recipe with make? And if we can have eggs can I include 1 egg in recipe opposed to the egg substitute?

  12. Thank you so much for posting this. Currently trying to plan my sons birthday and one of the kids coming is allergic to eggs, dairy, and nuts. This helps me out so much.

    1. You’re so welcome! What a wonderful mom you are to make something for one of your son’s friends that is safe. That really goes a long way to make an allergic family feel safe and welcome!

  13. Can you use it for cake batter too? The ingredients are so safe for my daughter who has many food allergies and her birthday is approaching so I’m looking for a cake recipe to try. Thanks!

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