Our Favorite Gluten-Free Cakes

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These delicious recipes take the cake on any occasion!

gluten free cake recipes

We surveyed our readers to find their most-loved cakes. The top picks? Timeless yellow, chocolate, strawberry and lemon cakes. So we created these winning selections without gluten, and with easy dairy-free and egg-free options.

Light and moist with wonderful flavor and texture, these cakes are as suitable for everyday indulgence as they are for special occasions. Ideal for birthdays, Mother’s Day and graduation celebrations, make and serve them with complete confidence.

Spring Strawberry Cake

PREP: 20 minutes
BAKE: 30–60 minutes

MAKES 1 CAKE (14 SERVINGS).

The lovely rose color and sweet strawberry flavor in this cake comes from puree made from frozen strawberries. Topped with Fluffy White Frosting, this cake is a strawberries-and-cream delight. It can be made egg-free; see instructions.

gluten free strawberry cake recipe

Jules Shepard

Each slice with Fluffy White Frosting contains 373 calories, 8g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 21mg cholesterol, 172mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 45g sugars, 5g protein, 45Est GL.

Classic Yellow Cake

PREP: 20 minutes
BAKE: 35 minutes

MAKES 1 CAKE (14 SERVINGS).

This traditional favorite is remarkably light and airy. Gorgeous as a layer cake, the recipe makes fantastic cupcakes, too! It can be made egg-free; see instructions.

gluten free yellow cake recipe

Jules Shepard

Cake yields 14 slices. Each slice with Basic White Frosting contains 478 calories, 19g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 63mg cholesterol, 219mg sodium, 73g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 46g sugars, 4g protein, 44Est GL.

Sweet-Tart Lemon Cake

PREP: 40 minutes
BAKE: 40 minutes

MAKES 1 SHEET CAKE (12 SERVINGS).

Lemon lovers unite! This old-fashioned poke cake is so moist and lemony, it’s hard to resist. The perfect balance of sweet and tart, its lovely bright, cheerful flavor and texture are further enhanced when topped with Lemon Buttercream Frosting. This recipe can be made egg-free; see instructions.

gluten free lemon cake recipe

Jules Shepard

Each serving with Lemon Buttercream Frosting contains 563 calories, 19g total fat, 11g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 116mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 97g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 64g sugars, 5g protein, 60Est GL.

Surprise Chocolate Cake

PREP: 35 minutes
BAKE: 30 minutes

MAKES 1 SHEET CAKE (12 SERVINGS).

This cake contains surprise ingredients, making it almost good for you. Cooked quinoa adds nutrients, as well as structure and a fun, nutty texture. It’s sweetened with unrefined coconut palm sugar, a natural sugar alternative with a lower glycemic index. Coffee intensifies the chocolate flavor without adding extra sweetness. This all-around delicious cake can be made egg-free; see instructions.

gluten free chocolate cake

Jules Shepard

Each piece with Creamy Chocolate Frosting contains 458 calories, 24g total fat, 18g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 57mg cholesterol, 240mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 43g sugars, 5g protein, 34Est GL.

Associate editor Jules Shepard is author of Free For All Cooking (DaCapo Perseus), The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free (DaCapo Perseus) and Nearly Normal Cooking for Gluten-Free Eating (CreateSpace).