Italian Cream Cake | Gluten & Dairy Free

Cake. Everyone’s favorite pastime. Desserts are a favorite for any occasion, and I can always use any excuse to eat cake. Being someone who has digestive issues and is super sensitive to gluten and dairy, it can be super hard to find desserts that are both equally as good as a regular dessert, but  without the products that make our stomachs scream at us in pain later.  Through the years of battling these sensitivities, I have learned a few tricks to make delicious desserts without using gluten or dairy in them. Today, I want to share with you a family recipe that is gosh darn delicious and is my husband’s absolute favorite cake–Italian Cream–and how to make it to where you can eat it and enjoy it without being in pain later!   Italian-Cream-Cake-Recipe This recipe is fairly easy, and should take less than an hour from start to finish. It is also super delicious, and in my opinion, you really can’t tell that it is gluten and dairy free. Mastering making allergy friendly desserts has been an adventure for me, but I am so glad that I am able to share these recipes with you. Whether you have sensitivities to gluten and dairy like myself, or you simply are just choosing not to eat it, this recipe will satisfy your tastebuds.  Living with food allergies or food intolerances is hard. I am hoping to share recipes that are both delicious and allergy friendly at the same time that make living life with food issues a little sweeter and less miserable. 

Allergy Friendly Italian Cream Cake

This is a new spin on a sweet dessert favorite, but without gluten or dairy! 

Course Dessert
Keyword cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author Hannah Hay


  • 1 package Gluten Free White Cake Mix
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 (3 1/2 oz) can Flaked Coconut
  • 2/3 cup Chopped Pecans

Dairy Free Buttermilk

  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice put in 1 cup
  • 1 cup Almond/Soy Milk Filled on top of lemon juice. Stir, then let stand for 5 mins

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 (8 oz) package Kite Hill Cream Cheese Spread
  • 1/2 cup Dairy Free Butter/Margarine of Choice
  • 1 (16 oz) Package Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans


  1. Beat the first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in the coconut and pecans. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.

  2. Bake at 350° for 15 to 17 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

  3. While the cake is baking, begin making your frosting and then set aside.

  4. Once your cake is done, assembled, and cooled, spread Cream Cheese Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Chill 2 hours before slicing.

The recommended tools for this recipe are: -Electric Mixer -Mixing Bowls  -Two 9” round cake pans -Icing Spatula If you’re planning on making this dessert for a Birthday, or any special occasion, be sure to share this recipe with them so that they can make it! I promise it will be so so worth it!
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