How to Make a Ladybug Cake – Gluten, Dairy, and Soy Free!

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Some of you guys saw my son’s ladybug cake for his birthday the other week and I thought I’d give a quick explanation of how I made it. My kids have numerous food allergies so when it comes to birthday parties things get a little sticky! Instead of trying to bake a special allergy-free birthday cake this year I decided to make a rice krispy ladybug cake. It was SO easy!

I actually made my own homemade marshmallows as well (you can find my recipe here). Basically I just made a batch of rice krispies, smooshed them into a mixing bowl, and flipped it upside down to make the ladybug body. Since my kids are on an artificial dye free and dairy free diet, I couldn’t use any pretty fondant or red coloring. I bought some natural red food dye but since it’s made from beets it made my cake taste HORRIBLE!
So I settled for no color on our ladybug. Since I couldn’t use frosting I used pipe cleaners for the spots, smile, and antennae. Then of course, I added google eyes too! Voila! It was SO incredibly simple!


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  2. your ladybug is so cute! bummer about the beet food dye 🙁

  3. Kathleen@CeliacBaby! says:

    My son is gluten and dairy free as well. Love the homemade cake, it's really cute. In Canada Rice Krispy Cereal isn't gluten free, but I could definitely give this a go with a GF rice cereal.

    Found you on the Teacher's Group at Bloggymoms. I'm a teacher in Canada.


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  5. Keenly Kristin says:

    Oh, the challenges when it comes to dietary restrictions…but this definitely works! Homemade marshmallows? You rock!

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  7. I just stumbled your, an excellent post, and quite a lovely blog. I am also gluten free, and dairy free, so I really appreciate this post.

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  10. You have been Stumbled! 🙂 This is a great post!! My cousin has severe food allergies as well, I know how hard it is to get creative, especially with birthdays and holidays. This was really neat, I can't wait to share it with my Aunt. I will definitely be checking out your homemade marshmallows!! Following in all ways available as well. 😀

  11. Stephanie says:

    So super cute – and I love that it's so easy!

  12. Maple Leaf Mommy says:

    Super cute. And with various food allergies throughout the family I really appreciate this recipe. I’ve Stumbled you.

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