Gluten free eaters know the pang of longing that strikes whenever you go out to a restaurant or bakery only to find out you can’t eat any of those delicious baked goodies.
The good news is gluten free doesn’t sentence you to a life void of delicious, decadent dessert.
So, whether you’re already gluten free or thinking of making a transition, these 25 delicious and decadent gluten free cake recipes should inspire confidence that gluten free is anything but dull.
Blueberry, Lemon & Almond Cake
This is a perfect summer cake. It’s made with almond flour which gives it a nutty flavor which is only complemented by the bursting lemon and blueberry notes. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything with poppy seeds.
Gluten Free Funfetti Cake
Who says gluten free can’t be fun? This cake proves it otherwise. It’s bright, fun, and most importantly, delicious. This is perfect for kids and birthday parties when you want to bring a little wow factor.
Via What the Fork
Gluten Free Three Layer Chocolate Cake
There are few things in this world that can be a fudgy, dense, decadent chocolate cake. If you’re GF, this might be the classic chocolate cake recipe of your dreams. It uses Bob’s Red Mill GF baking mix, so it whips up in a pinch and it throws in some Greek yogurt to make sure it’s perfectly moist.
Via She Likes Food
Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
I love a good classic and, to me, this carrot cake is just that. It’s chock full of carrots, nuts, and spices. Then, it’s topped off with a classic cream cheese to make it rich and creamy.
Via The Spruce
Gluten Free Strawberries and Cream Cake
This cake is perfectly light and fresh. It’s a great cake to make in the summer when you can get the best, bursting strawberry flavor. The frosting? Simple whipped cream. And honestly, we all know whipped cream is the best frosting.
Gluten Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Coffee cake is the perfect brunch food. It’s sweet and crunchy, and my favorite coffee cake has lots of streusel. This coffee cake checks all the boxes and has a deep, cinnamon flavor. If anything is going to start your morning off right, it’s this.
Via What The Fork
Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Berries and Mascarpone
Did the title immediately make you melt? It definitely had that effect on me. This has so many amazing components and it makes for a truly spectacular dessert. If you’re looking for a stunner, this is the one. The olive oil gives it a nice depth that’s perked up by the blackberries and tempered by creamy mascarpone. Plus, let’s be real: it’s so pretty!
Via Ciao Florentina
Gluten Free Angel Food Cake
Cue the angels. Here is the solution to your light as a feather cake recipe needs. This is just as light as a traditional angel food cake. It uses a simple blend of all purpose GF flour and cornstarch—and, in tradition, lots of egg whites.
Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
It is undisputed (at least in my mind) that chocolate and peanut butter are best when paired together. That’s why this cake is a literal dream come true for me. It’s completely gluten free because it contains exactly ZERO flours of any kind. Does that mean it’s unimaginably rich, dense, and delicious? Yes, yes it does. I mean, just look at it.
Via Yammie’s Noshery
Flourless Chocolate Torte
In keeping with our flourless trend, I’ll throw it over the the champion supreme of original GF cakes: the amazing chocolate torte. This torte is essentially chocolate melted into butter, sugar, and eggs so it’s basically the food of the gods. This is the perfect dinner party dessert because it’s elegant and decadent.
Via Well Plated
Almond and Orange Flourless Cake
This cake is bright and fruity with citrusy notes from the orange that perk up the almond flour base. It’s a simple cake with bright flavors, and the candied orange peel makes it look sweet and just fancy enough.
Via Ditch The Carbs
Roasted Almond & Salted Caramel Cheesecake
Not only is this cheesecake gluten free, but it’s also vegan! If you thought to be gluten free was tough, try throwing being vegan in the mix. This cheesecake is the creamy, dreamy answer to your dessert prayers. It’s made with nutritious, flavorful ingredients like dates, cashews, and vanilla. It’s super simple and more guilt-free than the majority of other desserts.
Via Cocoon Cooks
The Best Sour Cream Cheesecake
Now here’s a cheesecake recipe that’s a little more traditional. Craving cheesecake but graham cracker crusts got you down? Let me introduce you this gluten free cheesecake. It uses a gluten free cereal crust which gives a nice crispy crunch. The filling is a traditional New York style cheesecake. I like this recipe because it’s a good base recipe. You could easily add in fruit or mix-ins for different variations.
Banana Coconut Cake with Agave Frosting
This has a more tropical vibe and it combines two of my favorite things: bananas and coconut! This recipe uses a blend of oat, almond and buckwheat flour. This falls somewhere between coconut cake and a delicious banana bread and I can’t get enough.
Gluten Free Iced Lemon Pound Cake
Who doesn’t love a good, tender pound cake? Plus, I’m in love with lemon desserts. This pound cake has that perfect tender and tight-knit texture you expect, but it’s all gluten free. Dare I say this might be a good gluten free dupe for Starbucks’ pound cake?
Healthy Flourless Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Cake
Cake for breakfast? Ummm…yes, please! This breakfast cake is made with your choice between oat flour and coconut flour, cashew butter, and lots of yummy cinnamon. Plus, the frosting has protein powder in it for an extra protein boost in the morning. But to be honest, I would eat this pretty much any time of the day.
Via Big Man’s World
Gluten Free Victoria Sponge
This is a true classic revamped to make it GF-friendly. It uses a GF flour blend so it’s simple. But you still get to enjoy the best parts, which we all know are the jam and whipped cream.
1-Bowl Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
This is one of those cakes that I knew I was going to fall in love with just from the picture. It looks sinful and gorgeous and every time I look at it I think it’s begging to be made. And it’s gluten free & vegan! I mean, hazelnuts + chocolate basically equals a Nutella cake. This cake uses 3 different types of flours and flax eggs in place of regular ones, but it is so worth it.
Via Minimalist Baker
Vegan Cotton Candy Ice Cream Cake
We all scream for ice cream cake! Really though, we all perk up when we find out someone brought an ice cream cake to the office birthday party, amirite? This ice-cream cake uses tapioca and oat flours along with dairy free ice cream for a treat that will accommodate all of your guests’ dietary restrictions. It definitely looks like cotton candy, but it isn’t flavored that (honestly thank goodness), but rather uses fruit flavors and natural dyes to give it that pink and blue pop.
Gluten Free Champagne Cupcakes
These are perfect for a bridal shower or any event where you want to be just a little fancier. It’s paired with a champagne frosting that’s guaranteed to provide a boozy fix and sweet surprise all in one.
Via Fearless Fresh
Coconut Flour Cupcakes
These cupcakes are so cute and they’re pretty packed with nutrition from the coconut flour, eggs, and coconut oil. The thing to keep in mind about coconut flour is that it’s ultra absorbent. That means you need to use way less of it to yield the same amount of cupcakes as you would a regular all purpose GF flour. It also needs lots of liquid and a binder, which is why this recipe contains 6 eggs.
Via Frugal Farm Wife
Flourless Whole Tangerine Cake
What is it about almond and citrus that makes them go so well together? This bright, summery cake is made with almond flour and tangerine puree. It’s finished off with a simple dusting of powdered sugar for a delicious and effortlessly beautiful cake.
11 Ingredient Oreo Cake (Grain, Egg, and Sugar-Free)
This is pure heaven in the form of a sandwich cake. Not only does it look like a giant Oreo, it has that cookies & cream flavor we know and love. It also packs in the nutrients by throwing protein powder and plantains for a boost of nutrition. The frosting in the middle is dairy free cashew coconut!
Via Purely Twins
Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes
It wouldn’t be a cake post if there wasn’t one recipe for the holy grail of cake flavors: red velvet. These red velvet cupcakes have that rich, red color you’d expect from a red velvet cake and it’s made with coconut flour. The cream cheese frosting throws in some whipping cream to keep it light and fluffy.
Via Recipe Girl
Blueberry Cake with Coconut Frosting
Last but not least is this fruity beauty. It’s gluten free and vegan and uses a blend of teff and buckwheat flour. Fresh blueberries are mixed into the cake and freeze-dried blueberry powder is used in the frosting to create that gorgeous ombre.
Via Nirvana Cakery
And in conclusion, to the gluten free people I say, let them eat cake. No really, these are some amazing gluten free cake recipes that are guaranteed to make your cake a hit at any birthday or dinner party.