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Steamed Rice Flour Cake


One of our members, Maren, contributed this recipe to our Safe Eats allergy-friendly recipes collection.  It has very few ingredients, making it a great option for kids with restricted diets due to multiple food allergies or eosinophilic disorders.


This is a steamed cake and will be very moist and not the same as a oven baked cake:

1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups rice flour
2 tsp baking powder*

In a saucepan, heat water and sugar, stirring until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool slightly.

Set up a steamer. I use a large soup pan with a cooling rack set inside.

Fill bottom with water and heat until it reaches a low boil. Water should not go above the rack.

Line the bottom of and 8" round cake pan with parchment paper or waxed paper. Put in steamer.

In a bowl, stir rice flour and sugar water until blended. Stir in baking powder. Pour into cake pan.

Cover pan, and steam for 30 minutes. (You can open lid mid-way to add more water, if necessary.)




This recipe is free of: Milk, Peanut, Soy, Tree Nut, Wheat, Gluten, Egg, Corn, Fish, Shellfish, Sesame, Other

Baking Powder:  To make this recipe potato- and corn-free, you can make your own baking powder using this recipe, submitted by KFA member Irene:

1/3  cup  baking soda or potassium bicarbonate
2/3  cup  cream of tartar
2/3  cup  arrowroot powder

To use: 1 tsp of regular baking powder = 1 1/2 tsp arrowroot baking powder


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  • Steamed Rice Cake: Get the recipe for this 3 ingredient cake on KFA's Food Blog.

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THat is what I was afraid of. I worked with rice in our last trial, so I KWIM. I also have found that potato treat the same tends to be a lump. Unfortunately, no, we don't have anything else for flour. HOwever, I have found that when things go ary, DS still doesn't mind trying them and we DO find "new foods". So thanks!! If I go for it, I"ll let you know how it turns out.


Monster Mom

I think you will wind up w/ a big lump of glue if you try using potato flour.  I'm assuming you really mean potato flour and not potato starch (which I don't think would work either).  Potato flour is more like dehydrated potatoes and is really, really gummy (I clogged all the pipes in my sink when I dumped some down the drain while running hot water!)


Do you have any other flours to work with??

Kathy P

I don't know that it would work.  Rice flour is super-fine ground rice--think of rice that has gone through a grinder--and it has the properties of rice, so it will absorb water like rice does when you cook it.  Potato flour is form potatoes that have been dried and I don't know that they would re-hydrate the same way.


BUT potato flour isn't so terribly expensive and I would encourage you to try it.  Assume it will flop and if it doesn't you will be pleasantly surprised.  Also keep in mind that you might not get the same sort of cake but you might get something else that is good.


And now I wait to see if someone posts that they have tried it!

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