An easy gluten-free vanilla cake recipe that is tender and better than any bakery style gluten-free cake.
You are going to love this gluten-free vanilla cake.
This gluten free dairy free vanilla cake is a spin off my gluten-free vanilla cupcakes. You guys have been asking for the best gluten-free vanilla cake recipe and here it is!
If you are more of a gluten free chocolate person you are going to want to check out my easy gluten-free chocolate cake.
For more sweet treats check out my Gluten-Free Desserts.
Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake
In case you were wondering, this gluten-free vanilla cake has the best texture. It’s light, tender, and it isn’t dry like many gluten-free vanilla cake recipes.
Everyone agrees that this is the best gluten free vanilla cake. No need to ever buy a gluten-free vanilla cake mix at the store.
Several of my readers have been asking for a easy gluten-free vanilla cake recipe. I’ve had my gluten-free vanilla cupcakes up for a while now and they get raving reviews.
Please read through this entire post. It’s chalked full of tips for making the best gluten-free vanilla cake.
This gluten free dairy free vanilla cake recipe isn’t vegan. It uses eggs. If you need a vegan cake you can check out Minimalist Bakers 1 Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake.
The other option is to use the equivalent of a flaxegg, but your cake texture will vary.
Is Vanilla Extract Gluten-Free
Yes, pure vanilla extra is gluten free. You’ll want to always check labels, especially on imitation vanilla extracts as additional ingredients may be added.
How to make gluten-free vanilla cake
There are a couple of tips and tricks to getting the right texture with this gluten-free vanilla cake recipe. First, you have to follow the recipe.
So many people comment on recipe posts saying that they made a ton of substitutions and the recipe didn’t turn out. If you make a substitution, you are doing so on your own.
Other than the dairy substitute, I haven’t tried other substitutes in this recipe.
Second, you want to mix at the right time and not over-mix. When you are beating the oil, sugar, and eggs you’ll want to beat it for the time listed.
This adds air which in turn helps the cake rise. Beating any longer will cause the batter to stiffen.
Steps to make a Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Cake
- Make sure to preheat your oven before you begin.
- In a medium mixing bowl combine oil and sugar.
- Add eggs and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for one minute. Add flour, salt, baking powder, dairy-free milk, and vanilla; beat at medium speed for one minute.
- Spoon batter evenly into cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the centers springs back when touched and cakes are lightly browned.
- Let cool in the pan on rack for five minutes. Remove the cakes from the pans onto rack and cool completely before frosting.
- Let cakes cool completely before frosting.
For the detailed instructions and ingredients for this gluten-free vanilla cake recipe please see the complete recipe below.
Can I use dairy in this cake?
Yes, you can use regular dairy butter and dairy milk in this recipe. Just note that if you use butter instead of oil in the recipe, the cake will be a little heavier.
This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just a smidge more dense.
What causes a gluten-free cake to crack on top?
You might see cracks if your temperature is too high, or your cake is placed in the oven too high. The heat of baking activates the baking powder and causes it to release carbon dioxide, which forms bubbles and raises the cake.
If your oven is too hot, that process is sped up. Make sure to place your cake in the center, and regularly check your oven’s temperature.
Another reason is if you are at a high altitude. If you are baking this gluten-free vanilla cake at a high altitude consider cutting the baking powder in half.
Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake Mixes
We’ve tried several gluten-free vanilla cake mixes. Here are a few that we enjoyed if you are wanting to keep one on hand.
You can also mix the dry ingredients for this gluten-free vanilla cake and store them in a jar, essentially making your own mix.
- Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake Mix
- Cup4Cup Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake Mix
- King Arthur Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake Mix
- Pamela’s Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake Mix
Some of my favorite gluten-free cake recipes:
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Grain-Free Hummingbird Cake
- Gluten-Free Lemon Cake
- Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Ganache Cake
If you are looking for cupcake recipes, just search cupcakes in the search bar on the right.
Why did my gluten-free vanilla cake sink?
There are several reason why gluten-free cakes sink, one is from over beating the batter and adding too much air.
Also, cakes often will sink when there is too much moisture. This is more common in humid climates where added moisture can collect naturally in ingredients such as flour.
When this occurs, the center of the gluten-free vanilla cake rises rapidly and then falls during baking.
In higher elevations, the leavening agent works twice as hard and may cause the batter to rise rapidly and sink before it’s had a chance to set up.
All these tips are relevant to most cake recipes, not just this gluten-free vanilla cake recipe.
If you need a sugar free or low carb version you’ll want to check out this Keto Vanilla Cake. The recipe can also be made into cupcakes.
If you made this gluten-free vanilla cake recipe I want to hear from you! Please leave a star rating and a comment below letting me know what you thought.
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Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 562Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 292mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 1gSugar: 49gProtein: 6g