Bake with Ease: The Perfect Gluten-Free Cake Mix Recipe

Greetings foodies! I am thrilled to share with you my Gluten and Dairy Free Basic Cake Mix Recipe. As a nutritionist cum food blogger, one of my missions is to provide healthy dietary options that are both delicious and easy to make. Being gluten and dairy intolerant myself, I understand the frustration of constantly searching for adequate options.

That’s why I have put together this simple yet versatile recipe that will cater to your every craving. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic vanilla cake, a rich chocolate fudge or a scrumptious carrot cake, this recipe has got you covered.

As one of the basic staples for any baker, cake mix plays a crucial role in ensuring that your end product turns out just right. Unfortunately, most pre-made mixes on the market contain gluten or dairy ingredients, which can be problematic for those who have specific dietary requirements.

This is where my Gluten and Dairy Free Basic Cake Mix Recipe comes in handy! Not only is it free of gluten and dairy, but it can also easily be transformed into any flavor you desire. You’ll save time and effort by preparing this mix ahead of time and then adding various ingredients to make your desired cake flavor.

So grab your mixing bowls and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten and Dairy Free Basic Cake Mix
Gluten and Dairy Free Basic Cake Mix

Have you been searching for a delicious and healthy cake recipe? Look no further! This gluten and dairy-free basic cake mix recipe is perfect for any occasion. Not only is it easy to make, but it also uses wholesome ingredients that won’t leave you feeling guilty.

One of the main reasons you’ll love this recipe is its versatility. You can use this mix to make vanilla, yellow, or even chocolate cake! Plus, with the option to substitute ingredients or add in your favorite flavors, the possibilities are endless.

Another reason to love this recipe is its gluten and dairy-free nature. Many people suffer from intolerances or allergies to these common ingredients found in most cakes. But with this recipe, you can indulge without worrying about any negative effects on your body.

And let’s not forget about taste – this cake mix produces a moist and fluffy texture that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters. The combination of almond flour and gluten-free flour blend gives it a nutty and earthy taste while still maintaining a classic cake flavor. And with the addition of vanilla extract and coconut blossom sugar, there’s the perfect amount of sweetness in every bite.

In conclusion, whether you’re looking for a quick dessert fix or planning a special occasion, this gluten and dairy-free basic cake mix recipe has got you covered. It’s easy to make, versatile, healthy, and most importantly – delicious!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in every bite!
A slice of heaven in every bite!

Here is a list of ingredients that you will need to make this basic gluten-free and dairy-free cake mix recipe:

  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 ½ teaspoons xanthan gum (if your flour blend doesn’t have it already)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup neutral oil, such as canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened nut milk, such as almond or oat milk
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature

Note: Be sure to check that all of the ingredients you use are gluten-free and dairy-free. Look out for hidden sources like wheat flour, milk powder or whey protein, and always read labels carefully.

This recipe calls for an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend often made with rice flour, tapioca starch, and potato starch. I recommend using a trusted brand like Bob’s Red Mill, King Arthur Flour or Cup4Cup. If you prefer to make your own, be sure to adjust the ratio of flours to meet the recipe requirements.

The Recipe How-To

 Who says gluten-free can't be delicious?
Who says gluten-free can’t be delicious?

Preparing the Ingredients

Before starting, ensure all the ingredients are at room temperature. If not, let them sit outside for 30 minutes to an hour. This step is key to achieving a good texture in your cake.

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together by whisking together 2 cups of gluten-free flour blend, 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum, and 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  3. If you are making a chocolate cake, add ½ cup of cocoa powder to the mixture.

In a separate bowl:

  1. Beat 1 ½ sticks (3/4 cup) of unsalted butter until it becomes creamy and smooth.
  2. Gradually add 1 cup of coconut blossom sugar or other alternative sugars you prefer.
  3. Add in three eggs one by one, beating until combined
  4. Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

  5. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients to the above mixture alternating with adding ¾ cup of milk. Continue mixing and ensure that everything is well combined.

  6. Grease a well-sized cake pan with butter and pour the batter into it.

Baking Time

Bake for around 30-35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.

Cool Down Time

Once done, take the cake out of the oven and let it cool down in its pan for approximately ten minutes before taking it out of the pan and transferring it onto a wire rack to cool completely. It’s now ready to serve!

Now that you have mastered this basic gluten-free and dairy-free vanilla cake recipe, you can customize it with different flavors and variations based on your preferences!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfect for those with dietary restrictions
Perfect for those with dietary restrictions

Are you looking to switch things up a bit with your Basic Cake Mix recipe? No problem! There are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make to customize this recipe to fit your taste preferences.

First, let’s talk about flour. If you don’t have almond flour or need to avoid nuts, you can substitute it with a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. King Arthur’s Gluten-Free Flour Mix is a great option that many gluten-free bakers love. You can also experiment with coconut flour, but keep in mind that it requires more liquid and eggs to keep the cake moist.

If you prefer a vegan version of this recipe, there are several egg substitutes available. You can replace each egg with either 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1/4 cup mashed banana, or 1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons of warm water. These options will maintain the moisture in the cake and provide some binding properties.

If you love chocolate cake but still want the gluten-free and dairy-free options, try swapping the vanilla cake mix for a chocolate cake mix. Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker both offer gluten-free chocolate cake mixes.

For those who want a denser texture and deeper flavor profile, try adding a tablespoon of instant espresso powder or brewed coffee into the batter.

To add some extra sweetness without refined sugar, use coconut blossom sugar instead of regular granulated sugar. This natural sweetener has a lower glycemic index compared to white sugar and has a distinct caramel flavor.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your mix-ins! Chopped nuts, dried fruits, fresh berries, chocolate chips – whatever strikes your fancy!

These substitutions and variations will encourage you to play with different ingredients that best fit your taste buds while still having a healthy dessert.

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect blank canvas for all your cake creations
The perfect blank canvas for all your cake creations

One of the best things about this gluten and dairy-free vanilla cake mix recipe is its flexibility. Once you bake it, there’s an array of ways to serve and pair it.

For a classic presentation, you can frost the cake with vanilla frosting or chocolate ganache. You can also try topping it with fresh berries for a fruity twist that’s sure to please.

You don’t have to limit yourself to sweet pairings though. This vanilla cake mix is versatile enough to be served as a base for savory toppings too. It pairs nicely with whipped goat cheese, a dollop of hummus, or even avocado mash.

Looking for an extra burst of flavor? Try infusing your frosting with your favorite tea, coffee or even citrus zest! Not only will it add an extra dimension to the cake, but it’ll make your guests wonder how you did it!

Additionally, if you’re feeling creative, use this recipe as a base for layer cakes, cupcakes or even trifles – the possibilities are endless.

Serving and pairing this vanilla cake should be about adding personal touch and creativity! With its simplicity and versatility, this cake will quickly become one of your go-to desserts for any occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 No gluten, no dairy, no problem!
No gluten, no dairy, no problem!

What’s great about this gluten and dairy-free cake mix recipe is that you can make it ahead of time! Follow the instructions for preparing the batter up until the baking stage, then simply cover with cling wrap or keep in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days before baking.

Once you’ve baked your gluten-free and dairy-free cake, make sure to let it cool completely before storing. You can keep it in an airtight container or cover with foil and store it on your kitchen counter at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you need to extend its life for a few more days, you can place it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Then when you’re ready to enjoy another slice of cake perfection from this gluten-free and dairy-free mix, simply bring it back to room temperature by letting it sit on the kitchen counter for at least an hour or two. You could also warm slices in the microwave or oven if preferred.

This make-ahead feature makes it ideal if you’re entertaining or busy throughout your week as it takes away the hassle and makes everything simpler. The beauty of this recipe is that its flavors only improve with time. The storage only helps develop the lovely crumb structure, moisture, and flavor density that we all crave from cakes.

Remember that how long a freshly baked item lasts varies according to humidity, temperature, storage conditions, and other factors beyond our control. That said, prepare ahead only what you think will be consumed within a set time frame.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A tasty treat for everyone at the table
A tasty treat for everyone at the table

As a nutritionist, I understand the importance of making sure that the food we put into our bodies is not only healthy, but also delicious. That’s why I want to share with you some tips for perfecting your gluten and dairy free basic cake mix recipe.

Tip #1: Measure ingredients accurately

When it comes to baking, accuracy is key to successful results. Make sure you measure all your ingredients precisely using measuring spoons and cups to avoid adding too much or too little of an ingredient.

Tip #2: Bring ingredients to room temperature

In order for the ingredients to bond perfectly and for the cake texture to be just right, it is important to bring all ingredients, such as eggs and milk, to room temperature before mixing them together.

Tip #3: Use quality flour blends

Using a high-quality flour blend can make a world of difference in the taste and texture of your cake. Look for brands like King Arthur or Simple Mills that offer gluten-free and dairy-free options.

Tip #4: Add xanthan gum

Because gluten-free flours lack the binding properties present in traditional wheat flour, adding xanthan gum can help give your cake batter more structure and prevent crumbling.

Tip #5: Don’t over-mix the batter

When you’re mixing the batter, you want it smooth and well-combined but do not over-mix it! Overmixing can cause your cake to become tough instead of tender, so mix just until everything is fully blended.

By following these tips ,you’ll be sure to create a delicious cake that everyone can enjoy without any gluten or dairy in their lives!


As a nutritionist cum food blogger, I understand that you may have questions regarding ingredients or the whole process of making gluten-free dairy-free vanilla cake mix. In this section, I will answer some frequently asked questions to ensure that you have a seamless experience in the kitchen. Let’s dive in!

What cake mix is gluten and dairy-free?

Here are five different cake mix options that are perfect for those who want to follow a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. Choices include Simple Mills’ Almond Flour Vanilla Cake Mix, Pamela’s Gluten-free Chocolate Cake Mix, The Vegan Knife’s Gluten-free & Vegan Cupcake and Cake Mix, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Vanilla Yellow Cake Mix, and Katz Gluten-free Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix.

Is Betty Crocker gluten-free cake mix also dairy-free?

Betty Crocker cake mixes cannot be considered dairy-free due to the presence of milk-based components, such as butter and whey, in several of their offerings. While the brand provides a variety of items that cater to individuals looking for gluten-free, vegan, or plant-based options, it’s important to check the ingredients list to determine if a particular product contains dairy.

Is there dairy-free boxed cake mix?

Not all boxed cake mixes are created equal when it comes to catering to dietary restrictions. If you’re looking to avoid eggs and dairy, there are some options worth considering such as Pillsbury (although you’ll need to check the label) and Simple Mills. Simple Mills, in particular, offers a range of cake mixes that are free of eggs and dairy, and some of which are also gluten-free.

Which Betty Crocker cake mixes are dairy-free?

Looking for delicious cake recipes that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth? Look no further! I have a range of flavor options that include classic favorites like Chocolate Joy and German Chocolate, as well as unique options like Butter Pecan, Carrot, and Spice. All of these recipes are guaranteed to be super moist and delicious, making them perfect for any occasion. So whether you’re in the mood for something fruity, chocolatey, or nutty, I’ve got you covered.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten and dairy-free basic cake mix recipe is the perfect addition to any recipe collection. Not only is it incredibly easy to make, but it is also versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes. The substitution options allow for customization, which means you can make your own variation of this cake mix that is perfectly suited to your needs. Whether you use it for a simple vanilla cake or a decadent chocolate fudge cake, it will never disappoint.

So if you are looking for a gluten and dairy-free dessert option that doesn’t compromise on taste or texture, this recipe is the best choice. It’s perfect for those who have dietary restrictions or just want a healthier dessert alternative. With just a few simple steps, you can now enjoy delicious and healthy cakes right at home.

The 7 best mixes in 2023 include Betty Crocker, Simple Mills and King Arthur among others. They all make tasty cakes that are also good for you. But with this gluten and dairy-free basic cake mix recipe, you can elevate your baking game and impress everyone with your homemade creations.

Give it a try and see how easy it is to make mouth-watering cakes that are both gluten and dairy free! So what are you waiting for? Grab the ingredients and get baking!

Gluten and Dairy Free Basic Cake Mix

Gluten and Dairy Free Basic Cake Mix Recipe

This is a gluten and dairy free version of my family's 'Jiffy tea cake' which is one of those basic cakes you can add almost anything to! It makes a smallish cake, so I usually double the mixture if making a whole cake, or just use the quantities below to make about 6 muffins. I've given the quantities in 'cups' and by that I actually mean a tea cup that I've been using as my cooking measuring cup for the last 30 years! It doesn't really matter whether you use a metric or imperial cup as long as you use the same cup - though if you only have small eggs, I would perhaps use two. I also like to have a fairly thick batter, so I add more milk or flour as needed to get it to the right consistency - experiment to see what suits you and your oven best.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 6 muffins
Calories 249.1 kcal


  • 1 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1/2 cup oil (I usually use olive, but peanut, sunflower etc is all OK, each will add a slightly different flavour)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use lactose free or even better, soy milk)
  • 3 drops vanilla


  • To make some of the many variations on this cake:.
  • - lemon juice and 1 cup of dessicated coconut.
  • - 1/2 cup sultanas or currants (or dairy free choc chips!).
  • - cocoa to make the chocolate version.
  • - sliced apple rings (arranged on the top of the cake batter before you cook it) and cinnamon sugar.
  • - chopped dates with powdered ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.
  • No fancy directions here - just throw everything into a food processor and mix it all together!
  • If you are adding any of the optional ingredients, put them in last (especially if it's the dried fruit as you don't want to chop that all up into the mixture).
  • Put the mixture into an oiled and floured tin, or a muffin tray, and cook in a moderate oven (180C/360F) for around 15-30 minutes depending on your oven and whether you're doing it as a cake or muffins.
  • Carefully turn out on a rack to cool (or while it's hot, you can spread the top of the cake with dairy-free margarine and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar - mmmmmmm!).
  • You can ice/frost the cake as desired - if you can tolerate dairy, a lemon cream cheese icing made with big scoop of creamed cheese, lemon juice and icing sugar is lovely!).
  • Like many things made with gluten free flour, this cake is best eaten quickly which is one of the reason why I usually make muffins and put them in the freezer and just quickly heat in the microwave and serve as needed.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 376gCalories: 249.1kcalCarbohydrates: 17.7gProtein: 1.6gFat: 19.6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30.1mgSodium: 20.6mgSugar: 16.7g
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