Vanilla Cake- Gluten Free, Dairy Free

by Living Freely Gluten Free

One of the first baked good recipes that I created is this gluten free and dairy free Vanilla Cake. It is the perfect gluten free birthday cake recipe!

When it comes to vanilla cake, I don’t know where to start. Ugh. Since going gluten and dairy free I had not enjoyed vanilla cake. After trial and error of soooo many recipes I had found, and none of them working out. Then I was wasting money on every box brand I could find I could find at the store. As a result of this frustration I knew I needed to take matters into my own hands.  All I wanted was a gluten free birthday cake for crying out loud! 

This Gluten Free and Dairy Free Vanilla Cake is going to rock your world! 

First of all, nothing is more disappointing than all of your hard work and you end up with a brick. Chocolate never did me dirty, vanilla was a dirty creep.

Finally, I was tired of having to settle more less than decent cake.


Vanilla Cake on a cake plate surrounded by berries



Due to my frustration I decided to make the damn thing myself and I used the methods of how I used to make a regular glutenous cake. After I tweaked the ingredients and played around with it a bit to make it gluten and dairy free, voila! The worlds best tasting gluten free and dairy free Vanilla Cake!



Slice of vanilla cake on a plate with a bite on a fork




Finally , I had a delicious cake with perfect texture! Could it be, cake that tastes like cake? The most noteworthy part of this recipe is how well it holds up and how comparable the texture is to a regular cake. Therefore, I literally have friends and family that request this for their birthdays when they could easily get a normal cake at a bakery.

As a result of this cakes popularity, this recipe is tried and true a million times over. It has been used as the base for anything that calls for vanilla cake, especially during the holidays. It is truly the perfect gluten free birthday cake recipe.

Note: It is also important to remember that your All Purpose Flour mix is a huge part of this process, since My AP Mix makes fluffy cakes and baked goods I would highly recommend using it. I have bought some pre-made mixes from the store that caused major recipe fails, so please keep that in mind. 

The only store bought gluten free flour mix that I can recommend with confidence is Better Batter. If you want an easy cup for cup blend they are the best. You can use the code: livingfreelygf to get 30% off your purchase at 



Vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and sprinkles on a cake plate



My first thought was that I had gotten over my head, could I really pull this off? Gluten free and dairy free Vanilla Cake seemed like a tall order, but let me tell you- I nailed it!


Gluten Free Vanilla cake slice on a plate


My very picky Husband and Son whom are both partial to chocolate only love and request this cake often.

This cake literally melted in my mouth. The fluffy sweetness as it touched my tongue and began to melt, made my senses dance.

Even my non gluten free friends and family want this gluten free birthday cake every year!


Gluten free dairy free cake on a cake plate next to the window

Gluten Free Birthday Cake


How do I make gluten free cake moist an fluffy?

Please follow the recipe. It’s also very important to whip it up really well, therefore a stand mixer is the best way to do this. Sure, you could do things by hand, but your results might not be the same. 

Make sure to top it with the best ever Buttercream Frosting


4.12 from 93 votes

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Vanilla Cake

This perfect Gluten Free and Dairy Free Vanilla Cake will melt in your mouth. It is so good that no one will know that it is gluten and dairy free. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten free cake, gluten free vanilla cake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 people
Calories 289 kcal


  • 2 ½ Cup GF All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Xanthan Gum
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Water Boiled
  • 1 Cup Dairy Free Milk
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • Cup Dairy Free Butter
  • 2 TBSP. Coconut Oil
  • 1 TBSP. Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ tsp. Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Boil the water in the sauce pan with ½ cup of sugar for 3 minutes. Allow to cool.
  3. In your stand mixer blend the other ½ cup of sugar with the butter and melted coconut oil.
  4. Add the milk and the cooled water and sugar mixture. (The mixer should be going the entire time)
  5. Add the eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, baking powder, xanthan gum and gluten free all-purpose flour.
  6. Beat on medium for about 5 minutes until your batter is almost a pudding like consistency.
  7. Pour into your greased pans. I use coconut oil to grease the pan.
  8. Cupcakes cook 16-20 minutes. 6 inch rounds cook about 27-30 minutes and 8 inch rounds cook 30-35 minutes. Watch after 20 minutes in case your oven runs hot. Test with toothpick. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free and Dairy Free Vanilla Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 457mg20%
Potassium 111mg3%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



Click HERE for the Best Ever Buttercream recipe. It is vegan too!










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