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Cinnamon Cake – King Arthur GF Box Cake Made Vegan < Yes Yes Yes.

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on September 30, 2014, 2 comments

This Summer we were invited to a pot luck and asked to bring “A Dessert”.  This terrified me.  I wanted to bring something that I could eat (dairy free / gluten free) – but that everyone else would like as well.  

I was also majorly short on time.  I was walking through the grocery store and this little gem stood out at me.  Cinnamon Cake - From a Cake Mix #Vegan #GlutenFree
King Arthur Yellow Cake Mix.  I decided I may as well give it a shot.  Everyone likes cake, right?! (well, in our family we least!).  

The next thing I had to decide is how to substitute for all of the normal instructions on the back of the box.  I kept the ingredients pretty true-to-form as far as amount, but I made substitutions to make the cake dairy and egg free.  (I did a new combo for the eggs – you’ll see it below – I can’t wait to try it in more things!) If you eat dairy and eggs, you can feel free to make the cake as-box-described.  

When I smelled the batter I felt like it was missing something.  I wanted this cake to be special…  So I dumped in my go-to combination – 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  And – suddenly – it was amazing.  Cinnamon Cake - From a Cake Mix #Vegan #GlutenFree It baked up beautifully into a moist and light cake.  It tasted awesome – but I was worried when I served it that everyone would think it tasted strange – perhaps my taste buds have finally evolved and I think gluten free tastes normal?  < But, apparently – it was just actually good.  Because people just kept eating it.  πŸ™‚ 

Cinnamon Cake - From a Cake Mix #Vegan #GlutenFree

No one should be without cake.  Cinnamon Cake - From a Cake Mix #Vegan #GlutenFree

This cake is for you.  πŸ™‚ 

Box Cake Made Vegan/Gluten Free < Yes Yes Yes.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
  1. Β½ a cup earth balance or other vegan butter substitute – softened
  2. 2 tablespoons coconut oil – softened
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  5. 1 box gluten free yellow cake mix (22 oz) – I used β€œKing Arthur Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix”
  6. 2 flax eggs – (2 tablespoons of flax meal mixed with 6 tablespoons of warm water)
  7. 2 coconut oil eggs – (4 tablespoons warm water mixed with 2 tablespoons coconut oil and 1 teaspoon baking powder) (your baking powder should make a small bubble/sizzle when added – if not – it’s old and needs to be replaced)
  8. ΒΎ cup non-dairy milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom (just the bottom) of a cake pan – I used a 7 X 9 pan – but you can use any similar size (or the size described on your cake box).
  2. Using an electric mixer beat the butter substitute, first 2 tablespoons coconut oil, vanilla extract and cinnamon until well mixed. Then, add half of the cake mix, mixing well.
  3. Turn on the lowest speed of the mixer and add Β½ of the flax egg mixture. Mix well. Add the other half of the flax egg, and mix well again. Repeat this step for the coconut oil – mixing Β½ at a time. Now you’ll have the butter, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, Β½ of the cake mix, flax eggs and coconut oil eggs mixed together.
  4. Add 1/3 of the milk at a time, alternating with 1/3 of the remaining cake mix, until both are all added. Mix until just combined – scraping the sides as necessary. Mix until just combined.
  5. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes, until firm on top when pressed.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool completely. Eat with love. If not going to eat in the next 24 hours, refrigerate to keep it fresher.
  1. You can certainly add icing to this cake - it's delicious on its own, though!
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