No need to go searching high and low for the best gluten-free cake recipes. I’ve rounded up all of my favorites in one post!

Here you’ll find all if my BEST gluten-free cakes for any occasion. These recipes are tried and true favorites that get top ratings and are guaranteed to please a crowd!

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Tips for Making the BEST Gluten-Free Cakes!

There are a few tricks to making delicious gluten-free cakes at home. After years of gluten-free baking, here are my top tips.

  • Use gluten-free 1:1 baking flour: Gluten-free cake turns out best when you use a high-quality 1:1 gluten-free flour. Look for a gluten free flour blend that contains xanthan gum so the cake has the structure it needs. This is my favorite brand.
  • Substitute butter for sour cream/oil: This combination adds richness and tenderness to the cake without weighing down the crumb.
  • Add a bit of lemon juice: Lemon juice helps to tenderize the crumb and reacts with the baking soda to create a light and amazing gluten free cake.
  • Alternate wet/dry ingredients: Adding the dry ingredients alternately with liquid ingredients ensures the flour absorbs into the batter. This prevents dry, grainy gluten-free cake.
  • Use the right pans: It’s best to make most gluten-free cake using two 8-inch round cakes or one 9×13-inch cake. Here are my favorite 8-inch round cake pans, which are amazing quality for the price! I love this 9×13 glass pan too!
  • Add salt to frosting: If you want amazing buttercream frosting, be sure to whip thoroughly, then add a pinch of salt to even out the sweetness!

The BEST Gluten-Free Cake Recipes

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Best Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake

This is hands-down the best gluten-free vanilla cake you’ll ever come across. It’s fluffy and has a pillowy-soft crumb. Topped with a creamy vanilla buttercream, it’s a gluten-free recipe perfect for any special occasion.

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Perfect Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake

Meet the best-tasting angel food cake you’ll ever eat. It’s light, fluffy, and soon to be one of your new favorite desserts. This cake is best topped with my foolproof 7-minute frosting.

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Gluten-Free Birthday Cake

You’ll never need another gluten-free birthday cake recipe! This gluten-free yellow cake is fluffy and pillowy-soft. Add chocolate buttercream and sprinkles to get the best layer cake for a special occasion!

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Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake

Meet your new favorite gluten-free red velvet cake! This cake is light and fluffy thanks to a combination of sour cream, oil and throughly whipped batter. The cake layers have the most perfect crumb and texture that will bring rave reviews, every time!

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Gluten-Free Pound Cake

Rich, buttery, and delightfully simple! A good pound cake is one of those desserts that can confidently stand alone. Once you try this pound cake recipe, you’ll never need any other!

Plated pineapple upside-down cake

Gluten-Free Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple upside-down cake is a one of those retro, amazing recipes worthy of a comeback! Not only is the caramelized sugar and fruit topping delicious—it’s also so fun to reveal when the cake is finished baking. You’ll delight the whole family!

Gluten-Free Coffee Cake with Sour Cream

This gluten-free coffee cake is made extra rich and tender with the addition of sour cream. Based on a long-time family recipe, your entire family is sure to love this delicious gluten free cake!

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Gluten-Free Banana Cake

Rich and comforting, this gluten-free banana cake is one of those desserts everyone loves. This moist cake is dense without being heavy and the whipped cream cheese frosting is irresistible!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Recipes

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

This fluffy, moist, gluten-free chocolate cake is piled high with chocolate frosting and made with simple ingredients! It’s a delicious cake that is sure to become your new favorite recipe. Add a side of ice cream and serve it at birthday parties, family gatherings, or a weekend game night.

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Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake

German chocolate cake is an indulgent dessert perfect for special occasions. Made with two different types of frosting, it’s the ultimate combination of chocolate, coconut, caramel, and pecans.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Mousse Cake

This gluten-free chocolate mousse cake is rich and decadent. With a brownie-like cake layer and cream-cheese-based chocolate mousse, it ranks at the top of all chocolate gluten free recipes. 

Gluten-Free Cakes for the Holidays

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars

These gluten-free pumpkin bars feature a soft, spiced pumpkin sheet cake topped with a fluffy cream cheese frosting. They make the perfect gluten-free fall dessert!

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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake

This Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cake is rich with molasses, cinnamon and ginger. It tastes just like old-fashioned gingerbread cake and makes an elegant holiday breakfast or dessert!

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Gluten-Free Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

This gluten-free sticky toffee pudding cake features moist date cakes covered in a decadent, buttery toffee sauce. It’s a show-stopping (but easy!) holiday dessert everyone will love.

Pumpkin cupcake on a plate

Gluten-Free Crustless Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

If you’re yet to master the art of gluten-free pie crust-making, these pumpkin pie cupcakes are for you! Even if you have mastered the art of gluten-free pie crust-making, these cupcakes are amazingly delicious. They’re creamy, custardy perfection!

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Roll

You’ll love this moist spiced cake with a cream cheese filling. It can easily be made dairy-free. Despite looking fancy, this pumpkin roll isn’t at all hard to make.

Gluten-Free Cakes for Spring/Summer

gluten-free angel food cake roll on white serving dish topped with berries

Gluten-Free Fourth of July Dessert

If you’re looking for a delicious and light holiday dessert, look no further! This gluten-free angel food cake roll is filled with a luscious cream cheese and berry filling. It’s become one of our favorite gluten free desserts for summer!

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Gluten-Free Lemon Cake

This gluten-free lemon cake is like sunshine on a plate! It’s the BEST lemon cake I’ve ever made! With a light and lemony cake and a whipped cream cheese frosting, this cake is worthy of any celebration!

Trifle layer in a trifle dish

Gluten-Free Trifle

This is one of my favorite gluten-free desserts for when the weather warms up! This trifle has fresh berries, spongy angel food cake, whipped cream, and sweet cream cheese with a hint of almond. If you’ve been turned off by trifle with instant vanilla pudding and frozen berries in the past, give this easy recipe a try!

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake

This is hands down the best gluten-free carrot cake around! It’s easy to make with everyday ingredients, then topped with a blanket of fluffy cream cheese frosting. Nobody will guess this is gluten-free!

Gluten-Free Cupcake Recipes

Perfect Gluten-Free Yellow Cupcakes

This amazing gluten-free cupcake recipe makes the most moist and fluffy cupcakes. Bake them for your next birthday party, family gathering, or just-because celebration!

gluten free red velvet cupakes on white plate topped with cake crumbs

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

These gluten-free red velvet cupcakes are light, fluffy, and fool-proof! Thanks to a combination of sour cream, oil, and whipped batter, these cupcakes turn out every time. Top them off with some fluffy cream cheese frosting!

If you try one of these recipes, be sure to leave me a comment/rating in the blog post. I’d love to hear from you!

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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