Gluten-Free Birthday Cake – Have it and eat it, too

Birthday Cake

Have you ever worried about what to do if you throw a birthday party for someone who is allergic to gluten?

How are you going to serve them the traditional, flour-based birthday cake if they cannot have gluten? This is difficult problem to overcome, especially children who are on the gluten-free diet. Fortunately, there are several ways to solve this dilemma.

First of all, you can find or create a recipe for making a birthday cake with gluten-free flour. There are many recipes for available, especially because there is such a high demand for gluten-free birthday cake. Most of them make great-looking, delicious cakes with fairly simple ingredients. I have included a recipe for a gluten-free birthday cake in this article below.

Gluten-Free Yellow Cake and Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes.
Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes.
Yields: 2 (9-inch round) layers.


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour or flour of your choice with xanthan gum in the mix
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 recipe of Frosting (see below)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray to 9-inch round metal cake pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until light and lemon colored.
  • Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add the heavy cream and beat until light and smooth.
  • Add the vanilla extract and vinegar. Beat to mix.
  • In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Whisk to mix.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 batches, beating well to form a smooth batter.
  • If the batter becomes too thick for the mixer, scrape down the blades and finish mixing with a large spoon or silicone spatula.
  • Divide the batter evenly, spoonful by spoonful, between the 2 cake pans.
  • Smooth and level the top with a spatula that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove the pans from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  • When completely cool, run a spatula around the edges of each cake layer and invert onto a plate.
  • Turn, right side up, onto a wire rack.
  • Make the frosting (see below) and frost the cake.
  • Cut the cake into wedges.


Yields: 3 cups

  • 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ cup of milk or non dairy alternative (almond, rice or soy)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter or non dairy alternative, softened
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1∕8 teaspoon of almond extract
  • Note: For chocolate frosting, add ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder to the confectioners’ sugar.
  • Substitute the vanilla extract with a pure extract of almond, chocolate, lemon, orange or peppermint.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon or orange zest to the frosting.


  • Sift the sugar and salt into a 3-quart bowl.
  • Add the milk, butter and vanilla and almond extracts.
  • Using a handheld mixer, beat on low to combine.
  • Increase the speed and beat until the frosting is smooth.
  • If needed, add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time to achieve the desired consistency.
  • The frosting will thicken when refrigerated.

Recipe courtesy “Lifetime Moms”

If you don’t have the time to bake a birthday cake from scratch, there are gluten-free cake mixes offered online and in most grocery stores.

These mixes make quick and tasty gluten-free birthday cakes that look very similar to cakes made from flour-based mixes. The top-rated gluten-free cake mixes are:

It is definitely worth it to have one of these mixes on your pantry for emergencies.

Gluten-free eating no longer means being deprived of a traditional cake with frosting at birthday parties. Now, with great new recipes, like the one above, and simple gluten-free cake mixes such as the ones mention earlier, you can offer a delicious, frosted gluten-free cake at your next birthday party which looks and tastes so similar to the real thing that no one will know the difference!

Image courtesy Will Clayton

Tricia Fecteau

I have tried to share what I have learned years in my book called "Gluten-Free with Love" available on Amazon and on my website. I want to help you in your journey to good health.