Baking is my love language. I used to be a scratch baker and have slowly returned to scratch baking. I have found the best and easiest gluten free birthday cake recipe for you! It uses my favorite gluten free flour, Cup4Cup.
Having to convert our kitchen to gluten-free a few years ago had me searching for an easy way to bake a birthday cake. I had always made my girls cakes…at first not by choice. (I’ll have to share that story sometime.) Mixing all the different types of flours was so intimidating to me. Not only did we have to be gluten free but nut free as well, so bakeries are not really an option because of that.
I did some research and felt comfortable enough with one that I ordered a “vanilla” gluten free cake for a birthday party. It was beyond horrible. It looked like gingerbread, had the worst thin icing and no one ate the $150 cake. UGH!
For a while I used a great mix which I still love but sometimes I forget to order it and, well, a scratch recipe is always best. I’ve been testing a few recipes and this one I adapted from Cup4Cup is fantastic and worth sharing. It is moist, flavorful and the perfect birthday cake recipe.
- 2 ½ c Cup4Cup flour
- 2 c granulated sugar
- 2 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup vegetable oil (I used canola)
- 1 c milk (I only had fat free and it was still great!)
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Grease two 8 or 9-inch pans
- In a large bowl, combine the Cup4Cup flour, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt
- In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until combined
- Add vegetable oil and buttermilk to egg mixture
- Mix the dry ingredients with wet ingredients in the large bowl of your stand mixer until just combined
- Divide the batter evenly between the pans
- For cupcakes, fill each ¾-full
- Bake cakes four about 30 minutes and cupcakes for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
- Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes, then remove and place on wire rack to cool completely
- Once cool, ice the cakes with your favorite frosting. (Click here for my recipe)
Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!
Photos by Mary Summers-Hafner
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