The Best Gluten Free White Cake

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The Best Gluten Free White Cake is tender and moist, while dense enough not to crumble at the touch of a fork, this is exactly what I want in a white cake.

Topped with creamy fresh strawberry frosting, or a classic buttercream, this cake has received more thumbs up over the past ten years than anything else I’ve baked. The flavor combination is absolutely perfect with both almond and vanilla flavors.

best gluten free white cake recipe

Gluten Free Cake Recipes

Several years ago, my best friend asked if I would make her a gluten-free white cake. In my relative newness to gluten-free baking, I assured her that I could do that. Ha.

It took me 6, maybe 7-8, different recipe attempts, (I stopping counting after I dumped the third mess into the trash.) The taste and/or texture was never quite right.

If you are familiar with gluten-free baking, then you likely already know that recipes for traditional chocolate desserts are fairly simple to convert to gluten-free most of the time.

This is evidenced by The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Cake, no one ever believes that one is gluten-free. Unfortunately, this is not true for all gluten free baking recipes.

Chocolate provides so much flavor that without it, the more “unique” flavors of the gluten free flour alternatives will often show through. This made it much harder to achieve a classic white cake flavor.

Gluten Free White Cake

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m rather picky about my gluten-free baking. (It has caused many an eye roll from my husband as I decide something just isn’t quite right, while he and my kids are happily devouring it. ha)

Because I am not restricted from eating the traditional versions myself, I often make both items side by side to taste the both versions and see if the gluten free recipe measures up. “Good enough for gluten free” isn’t something I ever want to share with you.

I’m thrilled to tell you that this is THE CAKE. This cake absolutely positively measures up. Over the past few years, I’ve made this cake with the exact recipe below countless times now and I’ve served it to over a dozen people.

It received rave reviews from every single person and they all questioned me more than once regarding whether or not it was really gluten free. (That, my friends, is a sign of gluten free recipe success!)

best gluten free white cake recipe

Gluten Free White Cake Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease (2) 8″ round cake pans with butter and line the bottom of each pan with a greased parchment circle.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Beat the eggs and the sugar together until creamy.
  4. Add half of the dry ingredients and beat again.
  5. Add the buttermilk, butter, vanilla and almond extracts and beat to combine.
  6. Add the remaining dry ingredients and beat just until combined.
  7. Divide the batter between the greased cake pans.
  8. Bake in the center of the oven for 35-40 minutes, until the cake is very lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Remove and let cool at least 30 minutes, before inverting onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
  10. Frost as desired.
Gluten Free White Cake with Strawberry Frosting

Once you’ve fallen in love with this cake the way that we have, you can use this recipe to make a Strawberry Poke Cake, a Pineapple Crush Jello Cake, or this Strawberry Mousse Cake.

The Gluten-Free White Cake recipe works great as cupcakes for a gluten-free birthday cake. My middle son loves this cake with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting. The possibilities with this cake recipe are endless.

Check out all of the Gluten Free Dessert Recipes on this website!

Kitchen Tip: I use this sheet pan, this cake pan, or this cupcake pan to make this recipe.

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The Best Gluten Free White Cake

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The Best Gluten Free White Cake is tender and moist, while dense enough not to crumble at the touch of a fork, this is exactly what I want in a white cake.
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2/3 cup potato starch
  • 1/3 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease (2) 8" round cake pans with butter and line the bottom of each pan with a greased parchment circle.
  • Stir together the dry ingredients and set aside. Beat the eggs and the sugar together until creamy. Add half of the dry ingredients and beat again.
  • Add the buttermilk, butter, vanilla and almond extracts and beat to combine. Add the remaining dry ingredients and beat just until combined.
  • Divide the batter between the greased cake pans. Bake in the center of the oven for 35-40 minutes, until the cake is very lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove and let cool at least 30 minutes, before inverting onto a wire rack to finish cooling. Frost as desired. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe makes (40) cupcakes. Bake cupcakes at 350°F for 18 minutes. If you are looking for a traditional white cake recipe, not a gluten free version, I recommend I Am Baker’s Perfect White Cake. The recipe has received amazing reviews from everyone who has made it.

Nutrition

Calories: 312kcal · Carbohydrates: 45g · Protein: 3g · Fat: 13g · Saturated Fat: 8g · Cholesterol: 73mg · Sodium: 216mg · Potassium: 224mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 26g · Vitamin A: 440IU · Vitamin C: 0.2mg · Calcium: 65mg · Iron: 0.7mg
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{originally published 4/1/14 – recipe notes and photos updated 8/17/21}

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    • Deepa Malini Devi says

      Tried this cake with choc icing, for my son’s birthday and it was so good, that my husband asked me to make the same cake for his birthday ! This is indeed the best GF Vanilla cake I have made. 👌🏽

  1. Monica says

    Tried this recipe for a birthday cake, just came out of the oven super fluffy and moist. I’m hoping it holds til tomorrow:) I reduced the sugar by 1 cup and substituted 1/3 corn starch and 1/3 sweet rice flour for the potato starch. Still came out great. Definitely a thicker batter than usual, but baked up well. Made ten Mini cupcakes(baked 10 min) and a 8×8 cake (30 min)5 stars

  2. Della says

    My family loved this cake – both gluten-free and non dairy members plus the rest of them! I have been trying to find a gf white cake recipe that is similar to the wedding cakes that I made for them years ago. This is it! I only made one minor change. I pulsed the rice flour in my bullet to make it finer texture.

    • Mary Younkin says

      Teresa – Let me start by saying I have never tried this. If you go down this path and experiment with it know that eggs are important to the structure, texture, and flavor of the cake. It isn’t a matter of just taking out the yolks, you will need to replace that volume of liquid with something as well as adjust the sugar and oil. It is possible, I have just never experimented with it. Let me know if you try it and what works.

    • Mary Younkin says

      The photos aren’t adjusted for color, Linda. It isn’t a bright white cake, but it is white. I prefer the taste with whole eggs, so it is worth it to me.

  3. Christine says

    My cake overflowed and came out light and crumbly. I did use 1 1/2 tsp guar gum in place of the xanthan gum and I live at 3500 ft elevation so not sure if that affected it. We were pretty disappointed as we were making this for a birthday.