When you suffer from a gluten allergy or you are a vegan, food becomes in important focus in your life, this is due to the fact that you have to be careful what you eat because you might become very ill or it might go against your moral views on animal welfare. Normal everyday foods like soups, breads and pasta sauces can’t just be bought off the shelf in local markets and you normally have to go to large supermarkets and health food shops. When it comes to baking you hit a huge road block as most people use flour, eggs, milk and sugar.. but what if you can’t use these products? what do you use instead?. A real eye opener for this was when my girlfriend needed to bake me a cake for my 40th birthday and although it took her months to finally managed to find the right mix, the outcome was almost more enjoyable due to this epic culinary journey. The cake was delicious and you would not have known it was vegan and gluten free and it made a real difference that we could both eat it and enjoy it equally. The following infographic shows the types of ingredient alternatives my girlfriend used to achieve my birthday cake and has used for more awesome cakes, cupcakes and buns in the future.