Funfetti Cake (Dairy & Grain Free + No Added Sugars)

Happy Sunday, Everyone!

Well, the “Funfetti birthday cake” and “yes to Sunday recipes” won in the blog polls last week. So here I am sitting on the couch, currently binging on a new Netflix series (Seven Seconds), and blogging the deliciousย dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, and no added sugar Funfetti birthday cake recipe on this lovely Sunday night.

Rewind to January. I thought it would be fun to come up with a unique cake recipe for my birthday. I do LOVE birthday cake, but for some reason my body hates it. Every time I eat frosted cake, my stomach bloats, and I feel sick. I end up guzzling down the tums and using the heating pad on my stomach to fall asleep. I think it’s the combination of the dairy, sugar, and flour heavily thrown into a dessert. Or, it could be the fake dyes/flavor in the frosting when I buy them at the grocery store bakery. I’m the same way with Christmas cookies. The past couple of years, stomaching certain foods has become an issue. Moral of the story, I wanted to avoid feeling like complete crap on my birthday. I literally get sick every year.

**This does not mean that you should avoid birthday cake, eat as much of it as you want! I just chose to make a recipe that I could eat without feeling ill.**


5 from 1 vote

Funfetti Birthday (Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Grain Free/No Added Sugar)

Course Dessert
Prep Time 16 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 13 Servings


Cake Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Swerve (or your choice of sweetener)
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 3 Tsps. Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or your choice milk)
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/4 Cup Rainbow Sprinkles (optional)

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Swerve Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tub Coconut Milk Whipped Cream (I used sodelicious brand)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a cake pan. 

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, applesauce, and almond milk together. Set aside. 

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, swerve, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt together. 

  4. Add the wet ingredients in the bowl with the dry ingredients and combine. 

  5. Stir in the sprinkles. 

  6. Bake cake for 20-25 minutes. 

    Keep an eye on it because all ovens cook differently. 

    Use the toothpick method to determine if it's finished. The edges will be slightly golden. 

  7. Place the cake in the freezer to cool. 

  8. Mix the coconut milk whipped cream and the confectioners Swerve together. Place in the fridge to firm. 

  9. Once the cake is completely cool, pour the frosting onto the cake and spread evenly. 

    Add sprinkles if you want!

  10. Store in the fridge or freezer. 

Curious about Swerve? Here is the link to the variety pack for the granular and confectioner!ย 
Oh, and this recipe also makes cupcakes! I made five cupcakes on the side.ย 
You’ll know when the cake is done if your toothpick comes out clean after poking the middle. The edges will be slightly brown.ย 
Frosting perfection.
So the verdict? Delcious!

This isn’t going to be a fluffy and flour-y birthday cake texture. You could skip out on the almond flour and coconut flour and use a gluten free flour to get the fluffy texture. I may try to make a vanilla cake recipe (the classic way) soon. The flavors are there for sure, though! We all enjoyed this cake, and my family was impressed. I cut the leftover cake into small bites and ate it with my yogurt all week long.

Nutrition Per Serving (Recipe Makes 13 servings/5 were made into cupcakes)
210 Calories, 14g Fat, 17g Carbs, 5g Fiber, 5g Sugar, 8g Protein
Questions for you!

  1. Are there any foods you LOVE, but they make you sick?
  2. Are you a birthday cake or pie person?
  3. Are you watching the Oscars?


  • cynthia

    Question! I’m not a fan of apple sauce, I was wondering if the consistency and or taste of the cake would be the same without it?

    Reply to cynthia
  • Shawnie

    What size pan is used?

    Reply to Shawnie
  • Poche

    5 stars
    What sprinkles do you use? When I bake with them they tend to loose colour apart from like blue ones and it looks awful! I’m in uk though so might need something I can get online easily!

    Reply to Poche
  • Jane

    Hi Taralynn!

    Is the Swerve for the cake and frosting ingredient the same? (both the powdered sugar kind)?
    And do you prefer it as a more dense consistency or the usual fluffy?

    thanks for the recipe!

    Reply to Jane
  • Natalija

    5 stars
    First of all can I simply say that the cake idea you came up with is AWESOME? I really needed something like this and will definitely be trying the recipe out with my daughters. Not only it looks gorgeous,but also has no harmful,heavy,unnecessary load. Thank you for sharing!
    Regular,sugar and icing loaded cakes make me sick,too. Not only I feel bloated, I also start feeling itchy and end up with a massive headache after the initial sugar rush wears off. I looked at some raw/vegan food websites and sometimes purchase their cakes made with amazing ingredients like organic raw cacao powder, organic lucuma and organic agave.No sugar,no dairy, just perfection ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m definitely a birthday cake person, but rather than icing I’d go for light cream and fresh fruit topping. Pies for me are a comfort late autumn/winter food,at least at the moment. The smell of baking cherry pie brings such cosiness into our rainy and windy British evenings.

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  • Shannon

    Okay totally forgot to answer your ??

    1: all things dairy and they make me sick ๐Ÿ™ Why can’t the people that don’t like dairy be allergic to dairy.

    2: I’m a birthday cake, cookie, pie or anything sweet person. Although for my work bday instead of cake I asked for chips and guacamole! YUM!

    3: I didn’t watch the Oscars because I rarely have seen the movies that are up for the awards.

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  • Jessica

    Thanks for this recipe! Do you think I can bake it without eggs? I would love to make this cake vegan but I don’t know which egg replacement will be the best.

    Reply to Jessica
  • Shannon

    Looks good reminds me of a cookie cake in texture. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Andy

    My cake turned out great. It was very dense and I used chocolate frosting!

    Reply to Andy
  • Charne

    I LOVE pineapples, but Iโ€™m allergic to them! Iโ€™m also allergic to bananas and artificial orange flavoring. I take Benadryl before eating pineapples (because I canโ€™t resist!), but I always end up with a tummy ache later! Iโ€™m better about avoiding the other two. Fun fact: every time I go to the doctor or hospital, they ask me if I have a latex allergy. (I donโ€™t) Apparently there is a correlation between tropical fruit allergies and latex allergies. Who knew? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

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  • Emily

    Can cane sugar be used instead of Swerve? I really want to make this recipe because it looks soooo good but that is the only sugar/sweetener I have in my kitchen.

    Reply to Emily
  • Olivia

    Was the cake a soft, fluffy texture like normal cake? It looks more like a thicker more dense cookie cake texture. My cousin in gluten/dairy free and her birthday is coming up. I would love to make this for her!

    Reply to Olivia
    • Taralynn McNitt

      More dense! If you want to do a floury type, I’d suggest making one with gluten free flour ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Tara

        Have you made it with the gluten free flour? Would the measurements equals the other flours in the recipe?

        Reply to Tara
  • Nadine

    5 stars
    Love your blog, pictures, and recap posts Taralynn! I’ve been waiting for you to post this cake since you teased it a few weeks ago. Got so excited and made it yesterday morning. It was amazing (and works with oat flour instead of almond flour)! And healthy enough to eat for breakfast today!!

    Reply to Nadine
  • Steph

    5 stars
    Pizza is my kryptonite but since I discovered The Protein Bread Co I can finnnaaallyyy have pizza without the awful tummy feeling afterwards! Their products are amazing, definitely worth checking out โ˜บ

    Reply to Steph
  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    YES. It doesn’t matter how old I get, funfetti will always be one of my favorite flavors. I don’t care if I’m supposed to like more ‘adult’ flavors by now haha. I LOVE everything about this recipe, especially all the vegan swaps! Can’t wait to make this this weekend. AND for Ben’s birthday coming up!

    One of my favorite foods in the whole world used to be tortellini alfredo from this place in Boulder called Pasta Jay’s. But I literally just can’t eat it. I get SO sick from the heavy dairy and it’s not worth laying in pain for the rest of the night. But I’ve discovered cashew sauce alternatives that are so yummy, so I can get that alfredo fix!
    Ummm can I have both? Let’s just same I’m a desserts person :).
    We don’t have a TV, so no Oscars for us!

    Reply to Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
  • Susie

    Such a pretty cake!

    I’m not a big red-meat person, don’t like steak, but I do crave a juicy burger now and then but…my body doesn’t process it well.
    I’ll take ice cream over cake or pie any birthday!
    Nope, didn’t watch. Takes up too much of my time, and I just really don’t care.

    Reply to Susie
  • Siobhan

    I am definitely a birthday cake kind of person – chocolate cake all the way! I love how colorful funfetti cakes are though.
    This recipe looks awesome! I have a friend who is allergic to dairy and this recipe would be perfect to make for them. I’ve already added it to my dessert board on Pinterest.
    I watched the Oscars last night! None of my favorites won though ๐Ÿ™ Except for Jordan Peele for Best Screenplay. Who were you rooting for to win?

    Reply to Siobhan
  • Claire

    Have you completed the personal training certification you mentioned awhile back? I would be interested to know about the program/if it’s recommended.

    Reply to Claire
  • Jeni

    That cake looks so gorgeous!

    To answer your question, I’d have to say ice cream! It’s the only sweet food I actually like, but I always feel sick after eating it, and my skin suffers the next day. Halo Top has become my saving grace!

    Birthday cake all the way!

    I missed the Oscars but saw a bunch of the nominees for Best Picture! Haven’t seen The Shape of Water yet but hope to remedy it soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply to Jeni
  • Krista

    This looks amazing!! I get crazy heartburn and feel crummy from foods with oil in them, but I. love. fries. I could eat them all day, if it weren’t for how I’d feel afterward! I’m not sure of whether I’d choose cake or pie, but for our wedding in a few months, we’ve finally decided on doughnuts instead of cake!!

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  • Ali

    1.Are there any foods you LOVE, but they make you sick?
    anything really rich lol. I eat mostly fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats and if I splurge and have a piece of pizza or a cookie then I always feel so fat and ill. gives me a stomach ache which I guess is good bc it keeps me from eating that crap lol!

    2.Are you a birthday cake or pie person?
    I have never heard of birthday pie lol. my birthday is in the summer so I actually love watermelon cake, I’m just not a big fan of sweets lol. so I just do sliced watermelon with whipped coconut milk and shredded coconut, it is so good.

    3.Are you watching the Oscars?
    nope, I haven’t seen any of the movies so it would be pointless lol!!

    Reply to Ali
  • Linda @ the Fitty

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh I could eat the entire thing in one sitting!

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  • Anonymous

    You’re a genius!

    Reply to Anonymous
  • Kyla

    This cake looks delicious! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ‚

    * Cinnamon rolls are amazing, but they always make me sick, so I have to stay away from those. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ
    * Hard decision but ultimately, cake wins!
    * I missed the Oscars last night but catching up now on all the gorgeous gowns! Any favs?

    Reply to Kyla
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Ohhhhh me too! They were/are my WEAKNESS! I used to get so sick as a kid after eating them, but couldn’t stop! so good.

      I actually watched Netflix last night because I was so addicted to that show so I missed it! I heard the Shape of Water won and that’s all I really cared about! loved that film

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  • Charity

    Mac-n-cheese & chicken alfredo! I love it but they both make me feel terrrrrible! ๐Ÿ™

    Loved the blog post…I’ll definitely have to try making this! โ™ฅ

    Reply to Charity
  • Rayna

    5 stars
    Holy Moly! This looks incredible!

    Reply to Rayna
  • Hannah

    Thank you for this recipe!!!!!

    Reply to Hannah
  • Nora

    I’m excited to try this! I can’t have gluten or dairy because it makes me feel sick too. I’ve been keeping all dairy and gluten products out of my house and luckily my husband is on board with me.

    Reply to Nora
  • Karie

    Could I just use the whipped topping for the frosting? Recipe sounds great.

    Reply to Karie
  • Lisa

    Pizza. Pizza makes me sick.
    I love pizza but it doesnt feel the same about me.

    Reply to Lisa
    • Lindsay

      Me too!! It’s such an awful way to live ๐Ÿ™

      Reply to Lindsay
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hahaha, me too, girl!! That’s why I usually do zucchini pizzas or tortilla pizzas! The Daiya brand is pretty good as well.

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
      • Shannon

        I love Follow Your Heart and So Delicious mozzerella “cheese” it melts like regular cheese.

        Reply to Shannon
  • Emily

    Can you add a link to swerve on the post? My grocery store doesn’t carry it.

    Reply to Emily
  • Anonymous

    Where do you get swerve?

    Reply to Anonymous
  • Holly

    This looks so delicious, I am wheat free and one of the things I most hate missing out on is birthday cake so will definitely be giving this a try! Amazing that it has no added sugar too, yay! I might try it with the gluten free flour just to get it a bit more fluffy – thanks for the top tip!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

    Reply to Holly
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Holly!

      I’m not sure how using the regular gluten-free flour will work out with these ingredient measurements. I’m going to work on a regular gluten-free flour birthday cake next.

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  • Caroline

    This cake looks too pretty to eat! I bought swerve because of your blog and love it!

    Reply to Caroline
  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, Taralynn! I love how colourful the cake looks. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’d be awesome for parties and celebrations! Can’t wait to try the recipe out! โค๏ธโค๏ธ

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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