What Are the Best Dairy-Free Cake and Frosting Recipes?

Good Questions

Q: I have a dear friend who just turned 30 and I would love to make a birthday cake or cupcakes for her. But she is deathly allergic to dairy.

Other than boxed cake (yuck), could you recommend a nice recipe for dairy-free cake and frosting?

Sent by Ekatherina

Editor: Ekatherina, also look for vegan recipes since those will of course not contain any animal products at all. We'll throw this one straight out to the readers. Do you have good recipes for wacky cakes (no dairy involved) or meringue frostings?

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