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Gluten Free and Dairy Free Vanilla Cake



Vanilla is a spice derived from vanilla orchids obtained from pods of the Mexican species. The name is derived from the Spanish word vaina, meaning small pod. The pods were harvested by the Aztecs between 1300 and 1500 and vanilla became a popular taste treat from then on..

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RECIPE:  Gluten Free and Dairy Free Vanilla Cake

  • Prep Time:  15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40-50 Minutes
  • Yield:  1- 2 layer cake
  • Difficulty Level:  Intermediate

For anyone with food allergies, the Gluten Free, Dairy Free Vanilla Cake is the recipe to have on hand.

Recipe courtesy of The Sugar Association


For the Vanilla Cake:

2 cups Gluten-Free all-purpose flour (1-for-1 Substitute)

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 ¼ cup soy or almond milk

2 tablespoon warm water

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon white vinegar

For The Vanilla Frosting:

1 cup (16 tbsp) non-dairy butter, room temperature

1 tablespoon soy or almond milk

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 cups powdered sugar


1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two 8 inch round cake tins with non-stick spray and cover the bottom with parchment paper, spray lightly.

2) Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt to a large mixing bowl, set aside.

3) In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the milk, water, vanilla, oil and vinegar and whisk until just combined.

4) Gradually add the dry ingredients ½ cup at a time, with light mixing in between additions.

5) Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.

6) Bake for 40-50 minutes. Test with a toothpick every 5 minutes (after first 40 minutes) until it comes out clean.

7) Move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

8) Prepare the frosting:

9) Using an electric mixer, cream the butter for 1-2 minutes.

10) Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until you see stiff peaks..

11) Add the vanilla and milk.

12) At your discretion, add more powdered sugar if the frosting is too soft or more milk if too firm until it is smooth and creamy. The consistency must be thick enough that it doesn’t slide off the cake, but thin enough to be spreadable.

Decorate as desired and enjoy!

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Acknowledgement:  Home Baking Association
Cottage Core Home would like to thank and acknowledge The Home Baking Association (HBA) for being a valuable resource who supports home baking