The Best Gluten Free Cake Recipe

The Best Gluten Free Cake Recipe

Before we get started into what is THE BEST GLUTEN FREE CAKE RECIPE … ever, let me just tell you that I know cake.

I come from a long line of cake lovers – and frosting lovers, truth be told – and it’s not exaggerating to say that it’s critical that we have awesome gluten free cake recipes at our fingertips.

gluten free white cake slice gfJules

I have developed a great gluten free pound cake recipe, gluten free angel food cake recipe, gluten free lemon cake recipe, gluten free s’mores cake recipe, gluten free pineapple upside down cake recipe, gluten free black bottom cupcakes recipe, gluten free King cake recipe, gluten free red velvet cake recipe, Chocolate Beer Cake recipe … so many more gluten free cake and cupcake recipes that I’m getting tired of typing recipes …. You get the idea.

This is my most versatile, delicious, light, and EASY gluten free cake recipe yet! (That's why it's call the Best Gluten Free Cake Recipe!).

Oh, and I have a great gluten free yellow/white cake recipe, too, but I wanted one that was lighter and frankly, required fewer odd ingredients.

So I worked and worked, taste-tested and taste-tested (I’m wiping my brow over here), until I was sure that this was IT!

Gluten free birthday cupcake with nonpareils

And it is.

Bear in mind that the ingredients given are all here for a reason; making substitutions will change the texture and taste of the cake, trust me. Including, and especially, the gluten free flour ingredient. My gfJules™ Flour is unlike any other; using another blend will absolutely produce a different result.

So please don’t email me or leave a comment that the recipe didn’t turn out as pictured or as described if you use another blend. Gluten free flour blends are ALL quite different; even if you think the ingredients look similar or even the same.

For example, in my gfJules Gluten Free Flour Blend, I use not one but TWO different gluten free modified tapioca starches. Neither of these ingredients are available on store shelves, so there is no way anyone could ever fully replicate my blend because of those ingredients alone, not to mention all the others.

My blend has taken me years to perfect and I modify and improve it periodically when a new ingredient becomes available, or to make it non-GMO, as I did in 2014. Using this blend will make all your gluten free baking better, but for the purposes of this discussion, it will definitely make the best gluten free cake (gluten free chocolate OR gluten free vanilla cake).

As with any recipe, I urge you to also follow the DIRECTIONS. You may be shocked to see the difference it makes just to bake a cake using the exact same ingredients but adding them in a different order! I’m getting a bit tweaky here, but enough folks write in with questions and problems with baking that I like to cut off potential issues at the pass and show people what NOT to do before things go wrong, so take a look at what can happen with this lovely cake if you simply add the sugar at the end instead of with the dry ingredients at the beginning of the recipe, as specified:

adding sugar at the right time

Exact same recipe, exact same ingredients. Cake in front baked according to directions; cake in back had sugar added at the end, instead of as specified in the recipe.


That’s right, the INGREDIENTS matter and the DIRECTIONS matter! So take a moment to gather the ingredients I recommend and take a moment to read the directions and follow them. You will be rewarded with … the Best Gluten Free Cake! It’s worth it!

two layer gluten free birthday cake gfJules

Gluten Free Vanilla cake (2 recipes; one for each layer) and Gluten Free Chocolate Cake (1 recipe baked in smaller pan) with gluten free sprinkles.


And if you’re going to make layer upon layer of these delicious cakes (which I highly recommend), you’re going to need a super tall cake safe. I love mine, pictured above, because it also collapses to save space! (Click here for the gluten-free sprinkles I used)

If you want sugar-free, I recommend either Swerve or Just Like Sugar. If you can tolerate unrefined coconut palm sugar, it works great in this recipe but makes the cake a darker color. But again, ingredient switches will change the results.

For more on the differences in gluten free flours, hop here.

For more on converting your favorite recipes to gluten free, hop here.

If you need to replace the eggs in this recipe, check out my favorite egg replacers and recipes here.

Gluten Free Birthday Cupcake

Baked as a layer cake or cupcakes, this is truly the BEST gluten free cake recipe. Ever.


And after experimenting for what felt like eons, I nailed this cake recipe and am so excited to share it with you. I now firmly believe it to be my most versatile, delicious, light, and EASY gluten free cake recipe yet!

I’ve given instructions on how to make this a white cake, yellow cake or chocolate cake, but don’t let that stop your imagination! I can’t wait to hear what kind of yummy chocolate swirl, mint, peanut butter, salted caramel or other delicious concoction you come up with using this new super easy cake recipe as your base.

fluffy cloud frosting on best gluten free yellow cake

The Best Gluten Free Cake recipe with Fluffy Cloud Frosting! Click photo for frosting recipe.


Come back and share with us all when you try this recipe, and if you put any other delicious flavor spin on it! Happy cake baking (and eating, of course!).

Makes one 9- or 10-inch round cake or 12 cupcakes; double for 2 layer cake.

BTW — these pre-cut 9-inch round parchment rounds are my favorite way to line the cake pans and lift the cakes out easily!

gluten free wedding cupcake tower

I used this recipe to make cupcakes for my brother’s wedding – yes, they’re THAT good!

gluten free white cake on plate gfJules

The Best Gluten Free Cake Recipe

Yield: 1 round cake or 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

After years (and years and years) of recipe testing, I can say with complete confidence that this is truly the BEST gluten free cake recipe! Light and airy, moist and flavorful, this cake takes the cake!


Note: double for two 8 or 9-inch round pans

  • 1 ½ cups (202.5 grams) gfJules™ All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup minus 1 Tbs. granulated cane sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 2 eggs or substitute (for white cake, use 4 egg whites instead)
  • 1/3 cup mild flavored vegetable oil of choice (safflower, non-GMO canola, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil melted, etc.)
  • 1 Tbs. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (I like Rodelle®)
  • ½ cup milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy; skim or fat-free not recommended)


Preheat oven to 350° F.

Oil one 8 or 9-inch round cake pan or line 12 muffin cups with cupcake papers.

Bring all ingredients to room temperature. Sift the dry ingredients (including sugar) together in a bowl.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine liquid ingredients except milk. Slowly pour dry mix into the liquids and begin to stir, adding the milk last while stirring to keep the flour from flying up and out of the bowl while mixing. Continue to beat at medium speed just until the lumps are gone and the batter is smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan(s). Allow to rest in the pan before baking for 15 minutes.

Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes for the cake and 20-25 minutes for the cupcakes. Test with a toothpick before removing from the oven. When done, the toothpick should come out clean (not wet), and may have a few crumbs attached when inserted into the center of the cake. Glass, metal and ceramic pans all alter the bake time, so check for done-ness before removing from the oven.

Remove to cool on a wire rack. To remove the cake, gently invert the cake by flipping it upside down onto your hand, removing the pan, then returning the cake to the wire rack or a serving plate.


For Chocolate Cake, add ¼ cup cocoa, ¼ cup additional milk and 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup (I like Ah!Laska® Organic Dairy Free Syrup)

Frost with your favorite frosting like this white or chocolate frosting recipe. (There are plenty more frosting recipes where that came from - just search the "recipes" tab on my site!)

If you’re not convinced yet, try ordering a sample of my award-winning gfJules Flour and try it for yourself. Tasting is believing!

Make your next birthday or wedding or anniversary or office party … even better! Make the Best Gluten Free Cake Recipe!

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

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Hands Down: The Best Gluten Free Cake Recipe. Look how light and airy it is - simply magic! gfJules

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489 thoughts on “The Best Gluten Free Cake Recipe

  1. This is most delicious cake! I have been searching for a cake that tasted like a “real” bakery cake and you nailed it! From the bottom of my Celiac heart, I thank you 😊. My question… can I add almond flavoring to the mixture and it not mess up the texture?

    • Hi Jo Anne, this comment thrilled me to read! I felt the same way, as a celiac cake lover searching high and low for anything resembling a really great gluten free cake. So glad this recipe is it for you, too!!! As for almond flavoring, I’d recommend either using it in place of the vanilla extract, or you could add a dash in addition. You don’t need much almond extract to get that great almond flavor. ENJOY!