We stirred, baked and tasted our way through lots of gluten-free vanilla and yellow cake mixes on the market and discovered there’s a lot to celebrate. The only thing better than the aroma of these freshly baked cakes (and cupcakes) is the taste!
Get ready for low-stress birthday parties and other special occasions. These mixes are super easy and quick to prepare and they produce amazing results. They can also be made using egg substitutes and dairy replacements. Here are some of our favorites.
Ardenne Farm’s Yellow Cake All Natural Baking Mix is our top choice for its buttery vanilla flavor (even when it’s made without the butter). The mix delivers soft yet sturdy cupcakes that taste like pound cake and hold up well to frosting. This certified gluten-free mix is made in a peanut-free, nut-free facility.
$4.79 for a 16-ounce box
Simple Mills’ Vanilla Cupcake & Cake Almond Flour Mix contains less sugar and has a lower glycemic index than other cake mixes. Made with almond flour, coconut flour and coconut sugar, this paleo-friendly, diabetic-friendly mix is free of gluten, grains, soy, corn, dairy and gums/emulsifiers.
$7.99 for a 11.5-ounce box
Better Batter’s Yellow Cake Mix makes yummy, soft cupcakes—perfect for birthdays. The mix contains anti-inflammatory turmeric as a natural food coloring, giving your cake an appealing warm-yellow hue. Free of the top 11 allergens, it’s produced in a nut-free facility and is certified gluten-free, corn-free and vegan.
$8.89 for an 18.25-ounce box
Cherrybrook Kitchen’s Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix makes cupcakes that are light and airy with a touch of vanilla. The mix is made in a peanut-free and tree nut-free facility on equipment that does not produce any products that contain gluten, dairy or eggs. It’s also certified vegan.
$5.99 for a 16-ounce box
Hodgson Mill’s Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix makes a rich, moist cake. The mix is certified gluten-free and produced in a gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut free, dairy-free and egg-free environment.
$3.79 for a 15-ounce box
Pamela’s Products’ Non-Dairy Vanilla Cake Mix delivers a moist, fluffy cake that tastes like your favorite birthday cake—rich and full of vanilla flavor. Certified gluten-free and Non-GMO Project Verified.
$5.99 for a 21-ounce bag
Produced on equipment that processes almonds, eggs, soy and milk.
Bob’s Red Mill
Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake Mix has a light taste that’s great on its own, yet mild enough to showcase added ingredients you love, like chocolate chips, coconut or cinnamon.
$4.09 for a 19-ounce bag
Made in a facility that uses tree nuts and soy.
Betty Crocker’s Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix is a dependable favorite. Made in a gluten-free facility without artificial colors or preservatives, it’s readily available in most grocery stores.
$4.59 for a 15-ounce box
May contain soy.
XO Baking Company
XO Baking Company’s Vanilla Cake Gourmet Cake Mix is made with cassava and coconut flours and contains no rice, soy, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. Certified gluten-free and Non-GMO Project Verified, it’s part of a rice-free line of mixes produced in an allergen-friendly, gluten-free, nut-free facility.
$8.29 for a 19-ounce box
King Arthur Flour
We love the delicate taste and sturdy texture of cupcakes made with King Arthur Flour’s Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix. Certified gluten-free and created in a gluten-free facility, this mix produces delicious golden cupcakes.
$6.95 for a 22-ounce box
Always read labels carefully. Manufacturers can change ingredients without warning. Not every product sold by every company listed is gluten-free or allergy-friendly. When in doubt, confirm ingredients directly with the manufacturer.