Gluten Free Vanilla Cake

Rich, moist, gluten free vanilla cake is perfect for birthdays, showers and any celebration. Whipped egg whites help to keep this homemade white cake fluffy. 

Gluten Free Vanilla Cake

Gluten Free Cake Recipe

If you’re looking for the best gluten free cake recipe, you’ve found it! This spongy cake holds it shape well, making it ideal for sheet cakes and layer cakes. You’ll find the texture to be a delicious cross between traditional cake and a spongy angel food cake.

Gluten Free Birthday Cake

This cake is great for layering, making it the perfect cake for birthdays, showers and other celebrations and holidays.

Moist Gluten Free Cake

This gluten free cake is not dry and crumbly. It is a rather moist, tender cake with a soft crumb. We froze this cake in an airtight container and even after removing the cake from the freezer and defrosting, the cake was still moist.

Cake with Gluten Free Flour

For this recipe we used Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour and tapioca starch. You can use what gluten free flour you are familiar with, but the recipe was tested with Cup4Cup. Be sure that the flour you choose has xanthan gum in it. If the gluten free flour you have on hand does not have xanthan gum, add about 1 teaspoon to the flour mixture.

To make the flour more like traditional cake flour, you’ll also add tapioca starch. You can substitute cornstarch if you’d like.

closeup of a gluten free white cake on a plate with a fork

Tips to Make Homemade Gluten Free Vanilla Cake

The most important tip for making this from scratch cake is to whip the egg whites until they can hold stiff peaks, then set them aside. Once you have the rest of the ingredients mixed together, you’ll carefully fold in the whipped eggs to the batter. Don’t mix the batter too roughly or too much at this point. Mix just until the egg whites are incorporated, then divide the batter between the cake pans. The whipped eggs help to keep this cake lighter than other cakes.

Frosting for Gluten Free Cake

You can use any type of frosting for this cake. On white cake, our favorite is a very simple vanilla buttercream. Click here for our recipe.

Tools to Make This Cake

closeup of a gluten free white cake on a plate with a fork
closeup of a gluten free white cake on a plate with a fork

Gluten Free Vanilla Cake

4.09 from 223 votes
Rich, moist, gluten free vanilla cake is perfect for birthdays, showers and any celebration. Whipped egg whites help to keep this homemade white cake fluffy. 
Servings 15
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour (352 grams)
  • 2/3 cup tapioca starch (75 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk 2% milkfat
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup egg whites plus 3 tablespoons*


  • Using a stand mixer, beat the egg whites with the whisk attachment until they are stiff and form peaks. This may take a minute or two. Pour the egg whites into another bowl and place them in the refrigerator until you're ready to add them to the batter.
  • Using the same bowl that you used to beat the egg whites, place the softened butter in and cream the butter for about 2 minutes (using the beater blade attachmenuntil it is white in appearance.
  • Add the sugar to the butter and beat until fluffy (about another 1-2 minutes).
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, tapioca starch (measured carefully*), salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine the milk and vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture alternately with the milk.
  • Add the stiffly beaten eggs to the cake batter. Fold the egg whites in gently. Do not overmix at this point. If you do, your cake will become more dense.
  • Grease and flour 2 9" round cake pans. Pour the cake batter equally into the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake the cakes at 350 degrees for 25-27 minutes or until the top bounces back when you touch it.
  • Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes, then loosen the edges and remove them from the pans to a wire rack, allowing them to cool completely.
  • One the cakes are cool, frost with your favorite frosting.


*This is about 6 large egg whites.
*Some are having problems with the cake being too dense. This can happen when you mistakenly add too much flour. When you measure the flour, spoon it from the flour container gently into the measuring cup. Do NOT pack it down at all. This technique will help you not put too much flour into the cake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Recipe adapted from

About Julie Clark

We are Julie, Maddie, and Kinslee – a mother and daughter team sharing with you the best cakes to satisfy any need or sweet craving that you may have. Welcome to our family’s kitchen!

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Okay! This is now officially my best White Cake GF Recipe. I have tried quite a few. I made a few additions/changes: I reduced sugar to 1 cup and added 3 Tablespoons Truvia, added 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (for better rise), added 1/2 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin (for even greater binding and moisture), and 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar for moisture as well. I put it on a sponge cake pan, cooked it and let it cool. Frosted half with cream cheese frosting and put the un-frosted half on top, making a cake. I cut it into 1… Read more »

Made this with coconut milk and coconut sugar and turned out great. Of course it wasn’t white because coconut sugar is brown. Used same measurements as recipe called for. Also made cupcakes with recipe:)

So does the cup 4 cup gluten free blend you used not contain a tapioca starch/corn starch? Is that why the recipe calls for so much? If my cup 4 cup has it should I cut down the amount, exclude it, or use the same amount? Thank you!!

My cakes just completely fell? I even left in a few minutes longer then your recipe. Why does this happen?

If Bob’s 1 to 1 has tapioca starch already (it does) why do we need so much extra?
I need to know asap! Thanks!

Does Cup4Cup need to be used or can another flour such as King Arthur’s One to One be used?

This recipe looks great! One question.. I usually use Bob’s Red Mill gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour. From another recipe I have, I figured out I needed to replace the 2 1/2 cups of wheat flour with 300 grams of the Bob’s Red mill and it worked great! I also let my batter sit for about 45 minutes for the flour to absorb more moisture. So, my question is should I just go with my weight since it’s a different brand of flour than you use?

Is there a way to do an egg replacement? We are allergic. Thank you.

can potato starch be used in lieu of tapioca ?

Thanks for sharing! How far ahead of time can I make it?

This looks so good! Can I make other flavors with this recipe?

Any adjustments needed for high altitude? 6300 ft

Can we freeze the cake?

I’m your recipe, it calls for “2 1/2 cups Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour”… is it 2 1/2 or 4 cups flour?


How many eggs is 3/4 cups egg whites?

How do I adjust the baking time and temperature if I want a 6 inch cake?

Can I substitute almond flour?

Does this freeze well?

Has anyone tried this unsung coconut oil and coconut milk rather than butter and milk?

Hi! The batter was quite dense before I folded in the whipped egg whites, and it was abit hard to get everything mixed. Is that normal?