Cakes are one of my favorite things in the world to make, eat and photograph. You may think that a gluten free cake can’t possibly be as good as a gluten containing cake, but seriously, any one of these recipes will prove you wrong!
From red velvet, to paleo chocolate, vegan funfetti, gluten free carrot cake and everything in between. These cakes taste no different than a gluten-filled recipe, I promise you can fool anyone with these! And did I mention they’re all dairy free?! But again, you’d never know!
The best flour
There are SO many gluten free flours on the market these days. Maybe too many! But, you probably know by now that when it comes to gluten free all purpose flour, I am very loyal to the Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour.
Some of these recipes also call for almond flour, some rice flour, but most call for a formal all purpose blend. I love using a mix of almond flour and all purpose flour because it keeps the cake really moist and fluffy thanks to the high fat content.
The most important thing to note is that if a recipe calls for gluten free all purpose flour, you can use a different brand than the one listed, but make sure it has xanthan gum in the mix unless otherwise noted. Xanthan gum is an important ingredient for binding in gluten free baked goods.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do cakes sink in the middle? This is generally due to over-mixing the batter, too much leavening agent, or too much liquid. Those are problems I usually encounter when testing a recipe, so you shouldn’t have any sunken middles if you follow the recipes!
How do you keep a cake moist? A few things! If made properly, all of these gluten free cake recipes are moist as soon as they come out of the oven and for a few days after. You’ll want to store these cakes in tight containers or on a cake stand with a lid to prevent them from drying out.
What cake pan size it best? I love using 8 inch round cake pans or 9×13 pan for a sheet cake. Each recipe has notes listed if you want to use a different size pan, but I always refer to this post about cake pan conversions! If you still aren’t sure how to scale a recipe, leave a comment and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
Without further ado, my favorite gluten free cake recipes!
1) Gluten Free Carrot Cake
This truly is the best gluten free carrot cake recipe! It’s made in one bowl, incredibly moist, full of fresh flavor and so easy to make. Top it off with a dairy free cream cheese buttercream frosting.
2) One Bowl Chocolate Cake
This one bowl gluten free chocolate cake is perfect for birthdays, celebrations, or just because! It’s moist, fluffy with the perfect crumb, and I promise you’ll have no idea it’s gluten free!
3) Vegan Funfetti Cake
The best vegan cake, gluten free or not! This recipe is quick and easy to make, completely oil free but still moist, fluffy and undetectably vegan and gluten free! This funfetti cake is perfect for a birthday party or just for fun.
4) Banana Cake
This gluten free banana cake is a one bowl recipe that only takes about 10 minutes of prep! With a light and fluffy texture, the perfect banana flavor with hints of cinnamon and finished off with a simple cream cheese frosting, this is a total crowd pleaser.
5) Almond Flour Chocolate Cake
Rich, chocolatey, moist and spongey, this almond flour cake is bound to impress! You’ll never guess it’s paleo, grain free, or refined sugar free when you take your first bite.
6) Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake
This gluten free red velvet cake is moist, fluffy with the perfect hints of chocolate and vanilla. With a simple cream cheese frosting, this is a cake you’ll keep coming back to!
7) Gluten Free Lemon Cake
This gluten free lemon cake is moist, spongey and so easy to make. Just one bowl and a few simple ingredients. Top it off with a sweet and tangy buttercream and candied lemons.
8) One Bowl Vanilla Cake
This easy recipe taste just like the classic! It has a moist and tender crumb, rich buttery vanilla flavor and finished off with a creamy dairy free buttercream.
9) Vegan Chocolate Cake
This vegan gluten free chocolate cake is rich, made in one bowl, moist and loved by all types of eaters! This is my go-to recipe to impress a crowd or for any special occasion.
10) Gluten Free Marble Pound Cake
This gluten free marble pound cake is a total show stopping dessert. With swirls of vanilla and chocolate and finished off with an easy chocolate glaze.