The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies

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A follow-up and companion to The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread, this book is designed for anyone who needs to avoid gluten, dairy products, eggs, soy, and other common food allergens but doesn’t want to feel deprived. Just think: layered cakes, moist cupcakes, tender cookies, gooey bars, and crunchy biscotti. These sweet treats are perfect for everyday snacks, fun celebrations, morning brunch, and everything in between. All recipes indicate whether they are free of dairy, eggs, gluten, nightshades, soy, wheat, legumes, nuts, peanuts, seeds, or yeast.


Tips on interpreting food labels, preventing cross-contamination, and making ingredient substitutions.

Over 50 pages of tips, techniques, and details on living gluten-free, vegan, and with food allergies.

Information on creating your own flour mixes, and an annotated glossary of popular allergy-friendly ingredients.

Part 1: Gluten Sensitivities and Food Allergies

  • Check Allergen Information for Each Recipe
  • Check Food Labels Carefully
  • Combat Cross-Contamination

Part 2: Gluten-Free Ingredients and Tips for Success

  • Stock Up: Essential Gluten-Free Ingredients
  • Banish Common Allergens
  • Tips and Techniques
  • Storing Gluten-Free Treats Properly
  • Use the Right Tools

Part 3: The Recipes

  • Cakes
  • Cupcakes and Mini Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Bars, Squares, and Biscotti

Part 4: The Extras

  • Conversions
  • Glossary
  • Suppliers
  • Resources
  • About the Author



Chocolate Chunk-Orange Bundt Cake
An orange cake loaded with chocolate chunks, then topped with an orange glaze and silky chocolate ganache.

Caramel Macchiato Bundt Cake
Coffee-lovers will swoon over one bite of this caffeine-spiked cake, with a caramel undertone and a gooey caramel glaze.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Explosion
Peanut butter cake explodes with flavor, with a chocolate truffe filling, peanut butter buttercream, and sweet chocolate ganache.

Boston Cream Pie
Fluffy, light, and moist, the best birthday cake gets a bit of a twist with a pastry cream filling and chocolate glaze. One of my favourites!

Triple Chocolate Layer Cake
Chocolate cake. Chocolate mousse. Chocolate buttercream.

Pumpkin Cake with Cranberry Filling and Maple-Pecan Streusel
Get festive with a moist pumpkin cake, tart cranberry filling, and a crunchy, sweet streusel topping.

Loaded Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting
Made with my dad in mind, this carrot cake has all the extras: nuts, pineapple, raisins, and a hint of spice. Round it out with a pineapple filling and a coconut cream frosting.

Chocolate Carrot Cake with Good-For-You Frosting
A denser chocolate cake, thanks to the carrots, with a silky chocolate frosting that holds a secret ingredient.

Wild Blueberry Brunch Cake
Perfect for brunch, this cake is loaded with blueberries and topped with a sweet lemon glaze and a crumbly streusel.

Orange-Olive Oil Cake
Simple and delicious, a hint of orange and olive oil flavors round out this cake, with a unique texture thanks to the cornmeal-based batter.

Simple Blackberry-Buttermilk Cake
Looking for a last minute dessert? This cake comes together in moments, can be made with any berries, and is delicious topped with a scoop of nondairy ice cream.

New Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake
A biscuit-style cake is loaded with fresh whipped coconut cream, sweet, juicy strawberries, and a lemon curd filling for the right amount of zing.

Festive Fruit and Nut Cake
Say goodbye to old-fashioned fruitcake: this version uses dried fruits and plenty of nuts for a twist on the original.

Autumn Apple Cake with Cider Sauce
A super-moist cake brings apples to the forefront, especially when it soaks up the apple cider sauce.

Greek Tahinopita
Inspired by the classic Greek dessert, this cake uses tahini as the main ingredient for something unique, but delicious.

Armenian Nutmeg Cake
A fluffy, moist nutmeg cake is baked inside a sugary crust, for a different texture combination in every bite.


Double Cashew Butter Cupcakes
Super moist cupcakes with a double-dose of cashew butter.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
Better than the ones out of the box, these cupcakes are adorned with a simple chocolate frosting. 

Strawberry-Vanilla Glazed Cupcakes
A vanilla cupcake is topped with a vanilla glaze…. and a surprise stuffed right inside!

Banana Chai Cupcakes
Chai-spiced banana cakes are bright basic banana-flavor to a whole new level.

Orange Pineapple Cupcakes
Pineapple cupcakes with a hint of orange and a sweet orange glaze. Simple and delicious.

French Toast Cupcakes
My favourite cupcake at all, these maple cupcakes feature a cinnamon-sugar swirl, then are topped with even more maple in a glaze… and taste just like your favourite breakfast.

Sticky Date Cupcakes with Toffee Chocolate Sauce
Sticky. Gooey. Toffee. Chocolate. Oh, so good.

Molten Mini Cakes with Raspberry Sauce
For serious chocolate lovers, these generously-sized mini cakes are filled with melted chocolate ready to break open with the first bite.

Individual Pear-Cardamom Upside-Down Cakes
Easy little upside-down buttermilk-based cakes with the fall flavors of pears and cardamom.

Mini Triple Coconut Cupcakes
Coconut cakes are topped with a coconut glaze and toasted coconut for two-bite treat that coconut lovers will adore.

Two-Bite Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cupcakes
Mini brownie cupcakes are topped with a sweet cherry, crowned with a hi-hat vanilla buttercream, then dipped into a chocolate glaze.


Chocolate Almond Butter Surprises
Soft chocolate cookies are filled with an almond butter and chocolate chip filling.

Holiday Candy Cane Snowballs
Shortbread-like cookies have a hint of peppermint and chunks of candy canes, then are rolled in confectioners’ sugar.

Mexican Wedding Cookies
These classic cookies are tender, soft, and have a hint of pecan flavor, then are rolled in confectioners’ sugar.

Chocolate Chunk Tahini Cookies
Chewy and soft with big chocolate chunks, the unique flavor of these cookies comes from tahini paste.

Essential Chocolate Chip Cookies
Everyone needs that slightly chewy, crisp-edged CCC recipe. This is it.

Double Macadamia Cookies
Salted macadamia nuts and homemade macadamia butter gobs are what makes these cookies a stand out among the rest.

A-Little-Bit-of-Everything Cookies
Chocolate, nuts, dried fruit, buckwheat, coconut… these live up to their namesake.

Orange Spice Cookies
A crowd favorite, these soft, chewy cookies are similar to have a hint of holiday flavor with orange, cinnamon, and other spices.

Mint Brownie Ice Box Cookies
Brownie-meets-cookie in these easy-to-make treats that can be made without mint, too.

Noatmeal Raisin Cookies
Using buckwheat instead of oats, these are a crowd favorite and are completely deceptive to their deliciousness.

Double Chocolate Raisin Cookies
Inspired by Rasinettes, these chocolate cookies feature chocolate chips and chewy raisins.

Really Good Peanut Butter Cookies
Exactly what these are: really (really!) good.

Chocolate-Hazelnut-Raspberry Thumbprints
Hazelnut butter cookies are filled with raspberry preserves, then drizzled with melted chocolate.

Shortbread with Dried Cherries and Cacao Nibs
A different type of shortbread, made with coconut oil, then dotted with dried sour cherries and bitter cacao nibs.

Noreos Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Just like the storebought brand… though a thousand times better.

Cream-Filled Maple Leaf Cookies
A classic Ontario treat, the maple flavor of these cookies comes from a maple sugar and maple syrup cookie, then filled with a sweet, maple buttercream.

Traditional Gingerbread Men
Soft gingerbread cookies with a workable dough with the right hint of spice and molasses.

Squares, Bars, and Biscotti

Canadian Nanaimo Bars
A version of the classic treat hailing from BC, you’ll never notice the difference between the veganized gluten-free version and the original.

Triple Almond Butter Squares
A chewy almond butter cookie base is topped with a silky almond butter filling, then loaded with candied almonds.

Peanut Butter and Jam Blondies
Peanut butter blondies only get better when swirled with fresh strawberry jam.

Chocolate, Raspberry, and Pecan Blondies
A crowd pleaser, these rich blondies include chocolate chunks, fresh raspberries, and toasted pecans.

Rich Fudgy Brownies
A hint of hazelnut makes these brownies among my favourites. They are dense, moist, soft, chewy… everything a brownie should be.

No Bake Frosted Mint Brownies
Inspired from raw vegan desserts, you’ll get a double dose of chocolate with a rich frosting, too. Mint flavor optional.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Topped Brownies
Okay, these are really my favourite. You’d never say no to moist brownies topped with chewy, gooey chocolate chip cookies… all baked together in a mass you’ll never forget.

Coconut-Walnut Squares
Coconut, walnuts, caramel… you can’t really go wrong here. And you even have the option of adding some chocolatey goodness.

Billionaire’s Shortbread
These are one step above those “Millionaire’s” shortbread… a taste experience you’ll never forget.

Apple Crumb Squares
Like portable apple pie in a square–perfect for that fall picnic.

Pumpkin Pie Squares with Pecan Crumble
And you might as well make some portable pumpkin pie to go along with the Apple Crumb Squares, too.

Glazed Date and Pear Squares
Dates, buckwheat, cinnamon, pears give something new to a soft square with a crunchy topping.

Nutty and Crunchy No-Bake Bars
Easy snack bars, these feature rice crisps, dried fruit, and nuts for a portable, on-the-go treat.

Double Chocolate-Almond Biscotti
I’ve been told I need to box and sell these. Convinced?

Maple Cinnamon Biscotti
Super crunchy biscotti thanks to buckwheat cereal, this biscotti has a hint of cinnamon and a sweet maple glaze.

Cashew Butter-Date Biscotti
The cashew butter brings a softer biscotti with sweet dates and toasted pecans in each bite.

Hazelnut Biscotti
A classic, simple biscotti featuring only hazelnuts and the right amount of crunch.

Sample Recipes

Fudgy Mocha Pudding Cake