Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Cake Recipe

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Vanilla cakes are not only a classic; they’re also blank canvases for many other types of cake. 

Top a vanilla cake with buttermilk frosting and fresh strawberries, and you’ve got yourself an entirely different cake. 

Cover it with fondant and make your dreams come true with the wildest shapes.

Vanilla cakes, though, are made with white flour or all-purpose flour, which is made with wheat, which means gluten. 

And although most people don’t think twice about gluten, others avoid it at all costs, sometimes for health reasons! 

And then there’s the eggs; not everyone eats those. That means learning to make a vegan, gluten-free vanilla cake is paramount.

Gluten-Free Vegan Vanilla Cake Recipe

What goes into a gluten-free vegan vanilla cake?

The critical ingredients in this recipe are almond flour, which will substitute the all-purpose flour, the margarine, instead of butter, and the xanthan gum, a natural binding agent that sort of works like eggs. We’re also using almond milk instead of regular milk.

The rest of the ingredients are easy — sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, salt and a tasty vanilla frosting. Make sure the frosting meets your dietary requirements.

How to decorate a vanilla cake?

For me, vanilla cakes are deliciously compatible with fresh fruit. Peaches, red or black berries, and even kiwi taste beautiful over a vanilla cake. 

You can also drizzle chocolate sauce or syrup over the cake for a contrasting touch. Vanilla and chocolate are meant to be together.

Turn your vanilla cake into a birthday cake with rainbow sprinkles. Top the cake with them and also add a fist-full to the cake batter. This one looks as good as it tastes.

How to Make It

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time35 min
  • Total Time55 min
  • Serving Size12
  • Energy553 cal




Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9″ cake pan with margarine.


In a stand mixer, combine the margarine and the sugar until frothy.


Incorporate the canola oil, almond milk and vanilla extract.


In a mixing bowl, combine the xanthan gum, almond flour, baking powder and salt.


Stir in the dry ingredients into the stand mixer until a smooth cake batter forms.


Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 35 minutes or until cooked through.


Cool down before unmolding and spread the vanilla frosting over the cake.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size12
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories553
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat40.2 g78 g51.54%
  • Saturated Fat10.4 g20 g52%
  • Sodium369 mg2300 mg16.04%
  • Total Carbohydrate47.5 g275 g17.27%
  • Dietary Fiber7.9 g28 g28.21%
  • Total Sugars35 g
  • Protein7.1 g50 g14.2%
  • Calcium66 mg1300 mg5.08%
  • Iron1 mg18 mg5.56%
  • Potassium211 mg4700 mg4.49%

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