1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake

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1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake displayed on a serving platter and topped with fresh raspberries and blackberries

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you a perfectly fluffy, tender, sweet vanilla cake that’s vegan and gluten-free! Let’s bake!

Mixing together the wet and dry ingredients for 1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake

This recipe is easy to make, requiring 1 bowl and 10 ingredients.

The base starts with vegan “buttermilk” made by mixing dairy-free milk and vinegar. Then add in applesauce for (oil-free!) moisture and natural sweetness and vanilla extract for that quintessential vanilla flavor. YUM.

For the dry ingredients, after much experimentation, we went with a mixture of almond flour, potato starch, and cornstarch. This combo totally nailed it! So stoked for that fluffy, crumbly texture.

Freshly baked 1-Bowl Vanilla Cake layers in round baking pans

Spreading frosting on one of the layers of this 1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake

Once your cake is baked, it’s time for frosting!

We included two options: one is coconut whipped cream and the other is classic vegan buttercream frosting. Both are delicious, but we were feeling classic vibes, so we went for the buttercream.

Our perfectly frosted 1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake perched atop a serving platter and decorated with fresh berriesA slice of our fluffy and perfectly sweet 1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake topped with a fresh raspberry

We hope you all LOVE this cake! It’s:

Fluffy
Tender
Perfectly sweet
Vanilla-infused
Easy to make
& SO delicious

This would make the perfect cake for holiday or special occasion celebrations. It’s delicious on its own but also pairs well with coconut whip, vegan buttercream (recipe below), or even chocolate frosting!

For more easy cakes, be sure to check out our Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, Gluten-Free Birthday Cake, Vegan Gluten-Free Carrot Cake, Vegan Funfetti Cupcakes, and The Best Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers and happy baking, friend!

Using a fork to cut into a slice of our 1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake

1-Bowl Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake

A 1-bowl vegan gluten-free vanilla cake that's perfectly tender, fluffy, and sweet! Delicious frosted or unfrosted and SO easy to make! 10 ingredients and 1 bowl required.
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Three layer Vegan Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake topped with fresh raspberries and blackberries
4.76 from 167 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 (slices)
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

WET INGREDIENTS

  • 1 2/3 cup dairy-free milk (we used boxed coconut milk // almond or rice would also work)
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

DRY INGREDIENTS

  • 3 1/4 cups almond flour (not meal // we prefer Wellbee's brand)
  • 1 scant cup potato starch (not flour)
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch (or you can try subbing arrowroot starch for grain-free)
  • 1 1/3 cup organic cane sugar*
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt (optional)

VEGAN BUTTERCREAM FROSTING (optional)

  • 2 sticks vegan butter, softened (we prefer Earth Balance soy-free buttery sticks)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2-4 cups organic powdered sugar (sifted)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and lightly grease two standard 8-inch round cake pans, one 9x13-inch, or three 6-inch round pans* (with vegan butter or coconut oil) and dust with gluten-free flour. Shake out excess and set aside.
  • In a liquid measuring cup, measure out dairy-free milk and add vinegar. Let set a few minutes. Then add applesauce and vanilla. Whisk/stir to combine.
  • Add dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Then add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated and no large lumps remain. The batter should be thick but pourable. Add more almond flour if too wet or dairy-free milk if too thick.
  • Divide batter evenly between prepared cake pans and bake on a center rack for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the edges and surface appear golden brown.
  • Let cool 15 minutes in the cake pans. To remove from pans, run a dull knife around the edge of the pans to loosen the cakes. Then place a plate or cooling rack on top and quickly invert. Let cool completely (preferably overnight or at least 6 hours on a wire rack) before frosting.
  • Frost with coconut whipped cream and berries for a lighter application (see inspiration here), or frost generously with my 3-ingredient Vegan Buttercream Frosting (see below).
  • Store cake covered at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Freeze up to 1 month.
  • FROSTING*: Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and beat for 1 minute. Then add vanilla and mix once more. Gradually add sifted powdered sugar 1 cup at a time and beat until a thick, spreadable frosting is formed. I found about 3 1/2 cups to be the appropriate amount per 1 full cake recipe.
  • If too thick, the frosting will be too hard to spread (add 1/2 tsp almond milk at a time if too thick). If too thin, the frosting will slide off the cake. If too thin, continue adding powdered sugar until you get the right texture.
  • Use immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Let come to room temperature before frosting.

Video

Notes

*If altering batch size, please note that the number of pans and frosting instructions are based on how the original recipe is written. Adjust accordingly.
*To reduce sugar, each 1/4 cup of sugar be swapped with 1 packet (1/2 tsp) of powdered stevia. Or you could try subbing a mix of maple syrup and coconut sugar, but I haven’t tested it this way and can’t guarantee results.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the salt and without frosting.
*Prep time does not include cooling the cake.
*Recipe inspiration from The Vegan 8.

Nutrition (1 of 10 servings)

Serving: 1 Slice Calories: 326 Carbohydrates: 50.1 g Protein: 5.4 g Fat: 12.1 g Saturated Fat: 0.9 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 345 mg Fiber: 3 g Sugar: 27.4 g

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  1. Leslie MacKeen says

    Love this cake! I find it tastes a bit like a vanilla/almond cake – which is lovely! The second time I made it I added the zest of one lemon to the batter and added lemon zest to the icing and it was a delicious lemon cake!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Love the additions and we’re so glad you enjoy it, Leslie! Thanks so much for sharing! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  2. Lydia says

    Hi there,
    For some reason I’m really struggling to find potato starch in Melbourne Australia at the moment, could I substitute with a gluten free flour blend?
    TIA 🙂

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lydia, that might work. But the potato starch is somewhat of a staple ingredient in this recipe. Other readers have had success with a mix of arrowroot + coconut flour in place of the potato starch in our similar chocolate cake recipe. Hope that helps!

  3. Natalia says

    Incredible recipe!
    I can’t believe its softness and fluffiness even when it’s made without eggs and almond flour!
    Some modifications I made:
    I add 1 1/2 tbsp of liquid stevia instead of sugar, and add 1 cup of grated carrot. It came out delicious. Thanks!
    I love your website.

  4. Della says

    I have made this cake many times and it is amazing! I don’t like gluten free flour so I love how this uses almond flour. Wondering if I could add some cocoa powder to make it chocolate flavor? What would I need to take out? Thanks

  5. b says

    I need a cake tonight! Only requirement is to be GF. Can I use whole milk and oil instead of applesauce and dairy free beverage? Thank you

  6. Annabel says

    This looks so good!!! Can I add buttermilk instead of coconut milk/vinegar? I need to make an eggless GF cake (dairy is fine). Thanks!

  7. Sparrow says

    Would it be alright to swap out the cane sugar in the cake with maple syrup? and if so will I need to adjust the other ingredients?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sparrow, if using maple syrup, you’d likely need to add a bit more flour to compensate for the additional liquid. It might be better to use half cane or coconut sugar, half maple. Let us know if you try it!

  8. Lisa says

    I just came across this recipe and would love to make it for this evening but I am short on time. Is there any way around the 6 hour minimum required cooling time?

  9. Corie says

    I just baked this cake for a bridesmaids lunch tomorrow. Bought all the ingredients and crossed my fingers after following a new recipe and using new ingredients for the first time. This recipe was sadly a flop for me. I could see from the batter something wasn’t right but using these different ingredients, I didn’t know what to try except some extra almond milk to thin out the batter a bit. The cakes are like play dough after 40 minutes in the oven. Will have be a store bought cake for lunch tomorrow. :-(

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! We’re so sorry to hear that, Corie! It definitely sounds like something went wrong since many other readers have had success with this one. Is it possible you used potato flour instead of potato starch? Or that the extra almond milk wasn’t necessary? Did you see the video to compare texture?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, the almond flour is kind of key but if you were going to try something I’d say a blend of coconut and arrowroot (or cassava) would be your best bet.

  10. Renata J says

    i haven’t made this cake yet, but very excited to do so.
    can this cake be made one day ahead? and is it better to store it in a fridge or room temperature?
    i noticed that gf cakes made a day before can dry out especially if left in the fridge ..

    thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Renata, it’s best when fresh, but should be fine one day in advance (unfrosted for best results). Room temperature will help prevent it from drying it. Let us know how it goes!

  11. Sadie says

    Hello! Love your recipes.
    Making this for a vegan who is not GF. Could I use regular- non GF flour (mostly because that’s all I have in my cupboard lol), and if so how much?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ashleigh, Hmm, we don’t think so. We think it will make it gummy and heavy. Let us know if you try though!

  12. Nicol says

    The best most versatile cake. I’ve made a chai version and my personal favourite lavender with lavender infused buttercream. A favourite for all! Will be making a lavender earl grey for an upcoming birthday 😋

  13. Karen says

    I’m coming back because this cake is too too good. Not “good for a gf cake” but really really good. My husband said the texture reminded him of the spice cakes he has when he was a boy. So I’m adding spices next time with a vanilla frosting.

  14. Tia says

    What kind of oven mode is it fan or coventional? also my oven can only set 170 – 175 – 180 not 176 which one do you recommend?

  15. Karen says

    Oh, my sweet goodness. This cake is ridiculous. I wasn’t surprised, because your recipes always are good. But my experience with gluten free cakes has been lackluster. It is so light and fluffy, and delicious! This cake was easy peasy to make. I prepared it as directed with one substitution of coconut sugar in place of cane sugar. I made a frosting with coconut butter, cacao, maple syrup, and vanilla. Thank you for this recipe. Yum yum yum.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Karen. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  16. Mari says

    I made this cake for my moms birthday (she is vegan and gluten free) and it was loved by all the vegans and non-vegans alike!! I was impressed with how easy it was too! I have made vegan/gluten free cakes before, this by far was the easiest recipe to follow.

    I topped it with strawberries, blackberries, and “plumcots” (plum/apricot) with some mint leaves to make it extra pretty. It was just so so good.

    • Nancy says

      Tigernut flour can usually be swapped 1:1 with almond flour. Despite its name, it’s not actually a not, it’s a tuber, so allergen friendly. It’s slightly grittier than almond flour so make sure to sift flour a couple of times to get the clumps out…otherwise it’s like chewing on sand! Happy Baking!

  17. Isabelle Brown Tesolin says

    Hello. This cake looks delicious! My husband can’t eat any starches… any suggestions on what to replace the potato starch with?? Thanks!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Isabelle, hmm that might be tricky! The potato starch is somewhat of a staple ingredient in this recipe. Other readers have had success with a mix of arrowroot + coconut flour in place of the potato starch in our similar chocolate cake recipe. The next best alternative would be a GF blend? Hope that helps!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Nicole. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  18. Jacqueline says

    The cake was so good! I didn’t expect it to be as light as it was.
    I substituted some of the almond meal with Hazelnut meal and made a Vegan chocolate Ganache for the centre. This was my first attempt at a Vegan Gluten free cake and it was great! Thank you so much :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Pavi, The potato starch is somewhat of a staple ingredient in this recipe so we aren’t certain how it will turn out without it. But other readers have had success with a mix of arrowroot + coconut flour in place of the potato starch in our similar chocolate cake recipe. Hope that helps!

    • Pavithra says

      Hi can I use a gluten free flour instead of almond flour? And use regular buttermilk since I’m.not vegan

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Pavithra, we haven’t tried with buttermilk, but we think it would work. We don’t think a gluten free flour would work for the almond flour. But maybe another nut/seed meal?

  19. Erik says

    Made this cake three times and love it. However, my buttercream always turns out grainy and won’t stick to the sides of the cake. Not enough sugar? Too much sugar? Definitely sifting it and very gradually incorporating it. Regardless, it’s delicious.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy it, Erik! Make sure your butter is softened before whipping. It could also be the brand- we’ve had success with both Earth Balance and Miyokos. One other idea would be to try a different brand of powdered sugar. Hope that helps!

  20. Tasha Homan says

    Hi I’m in Australia, just moved from the states and I love your recipes! I’d like to make this cake for my daughters bday and can’t find potato starch over here… and they are telling me corn flour is actually corn starch, can you please advise? Thank you so much!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tasha, in the US, corn starch and corn flour are two different things. But it might be different in other countries? The potato starch is somewhat of a staple ingredient in this recipe so we aren’t certain how it will turn out without it. But other readers have had success with a mix of arrowroot + coconut flour in place of the potato starch in our similar chocolate cake recipe. Hope that helps!

  21. Lindsay says

    Hi! I am wanting to make this recipe into cupcakes. Has anyone tried that before and are any changes needed from the original recipe?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lindsay, that should work well! Just reduce the baking time to ~25-30 minutes maybe? Let us know how it goes!

  22. dianna says

    i give this cake maybe an 8/10. i’ve never baked a cake from scratch so it turned out just fine for my first time but it was a bit too dry. the flavor was good but something about it was a little overwhelming. i put coconut whip and berries on it which helped the dryness. i assume my oven was what made the cake dry, although i baked it for the recommended time. this cake is definitely worth a try though!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Dianna, sorry to hear it didn’t turn out quite as expected. Did you make any modifications to the flours? That could also cause it to be dry.

      • dianna says

        i used almond flour as the recipe is written. i forgot to mention that i used coconut sugar instead of cane sugar. not sure if that contributed to the texture!

  23. Melissa says

    I made this cake for my husband’s birthday and he loved it! Initially he was skeptical about gluten free cakes but he LOVED IT! I followed the recipe and everything turned out exactly as it is!

    Thank you

  24. jenn grant says

    hello, do you think using 1/2 the amount of monk sugar in the buttercream frosting would work out? thank you! cake is in the oven… could drink the batter it’s so good.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, we aren’t sure it would thicken enough, unfortunately. Let us know if you try it!

      • Jenn Grant says

        Haa… I tried it and it was not good! Grainy and mentholy. So I remade the icing and it was delicious and the cake was such a hit. So delicious and beautiful!! A keeper cake recipe. Thank you!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Sorry to hear that! But so glad you were able to remake and it turned out well =) Thanks for sharing!

  25. Nieves Santos says

    I love this recipe. I t is delicious and even my non gluten free friends love it. I have used the cashew buttercream frosting and decorated it with strawberries or other berries.
    It’s perfect, and also looks fantastic.
    I used lemon juice instead of apple cider vinegar. Thank you for this amazing recipe, I am very grateful for this GF delicious vanilla cake.

  26. Alexa R says

    Hello! I plan to make this cake for a friend this weekend, and was wondering if I could use almond meal instead of almond flour? I know that they are technically the same thing, but I have also seen some recipes specifically say that you cannot substitite meal for flour, so I just wanted to make sure!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      The almond flour is really ideal here for flavor and texture. Almond meal is more nutty and not as fluffy.

  27. M says

    You recommend Wellbee’s brand and that other brand did not work as well. However, cannot find Wellbee’s brand in stores in Fl. Can you recommend other brand?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We don’t have any other brand recommendations, unfortunately. We typically order Wellbees online, but if that’s not an option, we’d say just use whatever brand you have available.

  28. Yuri says

    Hi! Looking forward to trying out this recipe! What substitutions would you recommend if we are ok with gluten? Could I use all AP flour? What about the potato flour? Trying to use ingredients I already have or that I use regularly.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lex, The potato starch is somewhat of a staple ingredient in this recipe so we aren’t certain how it will turn out without it. But other readers have had success with a mix of arrowroot + coconut flour in place of the potato starch in our similar chocolate cake recipe. Let us know if you try it!

  29. Lyric says

    This worked well for me!! The first gf, vegan cake recipe that ever has. I made a double batch of cupcakes, baked at 355 for 30 min, prob could have done 25 min. Thank you!

  30. Kristina says

    Hi, I am excited to make this for my son’s birthday and was wondering if you could tell me which brand of coconut milk to use. Also, should it be unsweetened?

    Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kristina, we can’t remember the brand- maybe So Delicious? Any unsweetened in a carton/box should be fine!

    • Teresa Raisanen says

      So I used all ingredients as directed. We have corn allergy and cannot use arrowroot so opted for tapioca. Top and sides browned up nice and tastes good. Inside gooey
      Can anyone give suggestions or info to make it better Thanks

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Teresa, it’s likely due to the tapioca starch. Another reader tried the same sub and also had issues. We haven’t tested it with another sub and aren’t sure what else might work!

  31. Sally says

    The first I time I made this was a trial run and included a substitution for the potato starch. I was not totally happy with the result. When I made it again for my daughter’s wedding last week, I made it exactly as written and measured carefully. It was fabulous! The cake was 4, 8″ layers (2 recipes) and was very stable. The filling was pineapple/mango fruit spread and whipped coconut creme. I added vegan cream cheese to the frosting to temper the sweetness. It was perfect and helped me feel proud that I could do this for her important day. Thanks for your efforts to share this recipe!

  32. Nicole says

    I was wondering when you measure the almond flour if it is packed down (like when measuring brown sugar) or not. I know it will make a difference when making the recipe. Thank you in advance!

  33. Sophia says

    This cake came out perfect! So easy to make and it was mt first time baking a cake! So happy came out so good! My husband loved it as well! We did cut back on the sugar and next time I will cut back on it some more as the frosting was still just a little too sweet for our liking. I also baked it using 4 cup pyrex glass storage containers as its less toxic to bake in. Just add 10 minutes to baking time. This cake is seriously addictive though. This is definitely going to be my go-to cake recipe!

  34. Erin says

    Minimalist Baker…. YOU NEVER DISAPPOINT!!! I have made this recipe twice now, both times, into cupcakes, because that’s what my children requested for their birthdays. This recipe makes about 2 dozen cupcakes, that are the most delicious cupcakes you will ever wish to eat! Even the gluten non-vegan crowd approves! This time, we added a small amount of beet juice to the icing to make it pink!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we’re so glad you enjoy our recipes, Erin! Thanks so much for sharing! xo

  35. Camila says

    Hi! Can I use Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF baking flour instead of the almond flour, potato starch and corn starch? Would I just use whatever the cumulative amount of those 3 ingredients is?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Camila, we don’t think it would work, unfortunately. But let us know if you do some experimenting!

  36. Brooke says

    Loved this! I made it into a naked cake with vegan fruit filling layers (strawberry and blueberry!). I used the buttercream frosting on top and the sides to blend the fruit layers. It was so pretty and delicious!

  37. Elizabeth says

    Delicious! Best GF Vegan baking recipe I’ve tried so far. I am celiac and have a sensitivity to eggs so baking GF has been a challenge. After reviewing some the comments and tips, I halved the recipe and made a Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcake version by doing 50/50 Lemon Essence and Vanilla Extract, added a little lemon zest and 1 tbsp of poppy seeds. Baked for about 20-22min for delicious cupcakes/muffins! Currently making the 1 Bowl Vegan GF Chocolate Cake, I anticipate it will be just as good! Thanks for these delicious recipes.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Elizabeth! And love the lemon poppyseed modification. Thanks so much for sharing!

  38. Monique says

    This is by far the BEST gluten free, vegan cake I’ve ever made and it’s become my go-to recipe. Love that it’s simple to make and doesn’t have a ton of ingredients. I made it with coconut whipped cream and everyone without dietary restrictions absolutely loved it. I’ve made it in a bundt pan and in cupcake form and they both came out amazing. Thank you for this fantastic recipe!!!

  39. Ariana says

    Hi,
    I cannot find potato starch in any stores here, I bought arrowroot / tapioca flour as a substitute based on a google search, do you think this will work?

  40. Nicole V says

    Truthfully, I had low hopes for this recipe, simply because I’ve had poor luck with many gluten-free, vegan baking endeavors. I’ve also had things with almond flour taste mealy and healthy-seeming when you didn’t want to be eating something that tasted healthy. This cake was truly amazing! I used soy milk for the milk, but stuck to the recipe and used the buttercream frosting recipe as well. Even my husband, who has no dietary restrictions loved it. Thank you so much for providing a simple and delicious recipe to help make my 2-year old’s birthday stress-free and delicious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we’re so glad it turned out well! Thank you so much for the lovely review, Nicole!

  41. Sami says

    The only highlight of this quarantine has been cooking your recipes!! This cake was sooo delicious. I added a heaping 1/2 cup of shredded coconut to the mix and then made a lactose-free cream cheese frosting topped with shredded coconut all over the whole cake. No one would suspect this cake is gluten free or vegan. It is fabulous. Thanks very much.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we’re so glad you are enjoying our recipes, Sami! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

      • Heidi says

        The Funfetti cake was a huge hit! My 13yr old was skeptical when she saw I was making her Funfetti cake gluten free. All guests agreed that it was delicious, not gummy at all but light and fluffy. 🎉

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Aw yay! We’re so glad everyone enjoyed it, Heidi! Thank you so much for the lovely review!

  42. Clyn says

    I’m really excited to try this recipe. Do you think I could use a Bundt pan and just increase the baking time?

  43. Kristina says

    Hi!
    I´ve decided to try this recipe for my sister´s upcoming 12th bday but im just wondering if you think i can use the dark vegan frosting – ganache frosting instead of the buttercream one? Or do you think that the flavours wouldnt go well together? Or maybe cashew buttercream?
    Thank you!

  44. Anna says

    Yum! I loved this cake. Wondering though, Think this would work for birthday cupcakes? If so, how long would you recommend baking for?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Anna! Cupcakes would work. We haven’t tried it, but other readers have with success! We’d recommend searching the comments to see what they’ve tried.

  45. Anso says

    Hi, I am thinking of making this cake but I am allergic to well wheat but also almonds so any type obviously can eat almond flour. Can I replace it with say a combo of white rice flour and pat flour? Thank you

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Anso, Subbing the almond flour is difficult, but what about another seed meal, such as sunflower or hemp?

  46. Amanda says

    Hi, I’m new to cake baking. I’m using a different size of cake tin, roughly how deep should the batter be before baking so that it rises properly?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Amanda, we didn’t measure, so we’re not certain on a precise measurement. But we’d estimate ~1 – 1 1/2 inches. You could bake for slightly less than the recommended time and check with a toothpick to determine when it’s fully baked.

  47. AJ says

    I just made this cake for my birthday yesterday. I cut out 1/3 cup of sugar, added a dash of cinnamon, and did have to add about 1/2+ cup more of almond flour to get the right batter consistently (as included in recipe instructions). I used my own chocolate frosting. The end result was really delicious! I’m so happy to have a gluten free recipe that didn’t require a million ingredients and has a normal consistency when baked. The mouthfeel is exactly what you want in a cake. Moist but not too dense. Also, I only had to bake it for 30 minutes in my oven, which seemed to be just right. Thanks for the great recipe! My whole family enjoyed it!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  48. michelle says

    Here’s my update. This recipe is truly magic! I baked for 35 minutes. It’s spongy like a non-gf cake, and my kids couldn’t stop poking at it (gently), as they were incredulous too! The cross-shaped pan didn’t pose any problems with baking time and because I lined with parchment paper in addition to greasing it, I didn’t have too much trouble releasing it from the pan. I turned down the heat to 330F about 2/3 the way through because it smelled too hot. The edges and bottom would’ve burned for sure before the center set if I didn’t turn the heat down. Next time, I’ll start with the lower temp and bake for longer. This is fantastic! And so easy!

  49. michelle says

    It’s in the oven now and I can’t wait til it’s done! I’ve been baking gluten free for 8yrs and have also come across some great gf vegan recipes but this is my first “real” cake that’s egg free. (I’ve made plenty of amazing vegan pizookies that are cake-like but this recipe is totally different.) I decided to sub out most of the sugar for erythritol and the batter tastes wonderful. I don’t like things too sweet. I did add more vanilla extract. I plan to use coconut whip to frost but instead of maple syrup or honey which I usually use to sweeten, I’ll go ahead and use powdered sugar to balance out the cake if it’s not sweet enough for my guests and to not impart any distinct maple or honey flavors. So excited! Thanks for the recipe. I’ll report back later with the results! I’m also using a cross-shaped cake pan so we’ll see how that turns out!

      • Lauren says

        My sister made this cake for my birthday. I’m dairy free at the moment thanks to my breastfeeding 11 month old and our housemate is gluten free. It was a wild and hilarious success! I must say, I was shocked with how many substitutions and improvisations this cake stood up to. We looked high and low for potato starch and found none. All we could come up with was a little bit of arrowroot and a whole lot of cornstarch. After pulling from several different containers and managing the mayhem of screaming children, my sister lost track of how much cornstarch she had added, but after a little of this and a little of that (and a great deal of skepticism from me), it turned out to be utterly delicious! It’s become a new family favorite. Thanks for this great (and surprisingly resilient) recipe!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Sounds like a busy household! We’re so glad it turned out well! Thanks so much for sharing, Lauren! xo

  50. Alicia says

    Is the boxed coconut milk that you used unsweetened or regular? Does it matter if it’s full fat or lite? I have only used coconut milk canned so not too familiar with boxed milks. Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Alicia, we used unsweetened. Boxed coconut milk is similar to canned lite, but a bit more watered down. Hope that helps!

    • Danielle says

      Sorry one more question.
      If making this cake into a layered cake, would it be sturdy enough for a custard filling between the layers?
      Sorry first time baking anything vegan and it’s my besties wedding cake so need a few practice rounds :)

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Danielle, this one is a little tender, so we’re not sure whether that would work. Let us know if you try it!

  51. Samantha says

    Do you think you could make a funfetti cake with this recipe? Meaning just add sprinkles to the batter before baking?

  52. Nikki G says

    I made this recipe, but I used organic coconut palm sugar instead and it worked beautifully! I also made cupcakes instead of a cake and I got 21 cupcakes out of it (I probably could’ve got 24, but my portioning for making cupcakes is never consistent lol). I baked them for 22 minutes @ 350°F and they were amazing! They were just as good as (if not better than) a regular dairy and gluten cake. I can’t wait to use this recipe for birthdays and other events since a lot of people in my family have gluten allergies, so it’s nice to finally have a dessert that we can all share and enjoy. I highly recommend this recipe because it was super simple and delicious!! Happy baking everyone! :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, maybe coconut sugar, but it will be a darker color. We haven’t tried it, but other readers have done so with success. Let us know if you try it!

  53. Jackie says

    Hi!! I’ve been baking for a couple years as a hobby and I had my first order for a vegan and gluten free cake so I ended up going with this recipe and it was so good and will be using it all the time now for gluten/vegan cakes!!! The customer wanted a chocolate cake for next saw you had a chocolate cake but I did’t want to buy 3 different flours when it would be rare for me to bake a gluten so is there anyway I can change this recipe to chocolate my just adding cocoa powder? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jackie, we’re so glad it turned out well! We haven’t tried that modification so we’re not sure! Perhaps add cocoa powder and start with less flour? Let us know if you try it!

  54. Sophia says

    Is there a way to make this into a chocolate cake instead of vanilla? My mom’s birthday is coming up and she requested a chocolate cake.

  55. Pippa says

    Hi would it work if I substituted the almond flour for coconut flour? I’ve made this cake several times for family birthdays and love it. I’d love To make it a lemon / coconut cake for a change. Is this possible?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Pippa, unfortunately coconut flour is much more dense so it’s unlikely to work. See here for more on GF flours. You could maybe adapt it with coconut flakes and lemon extract? Let us know if you do some experimenting!

      • Pippa says

        Hi
        Happy to report that a lemon version works amazingly. I usually make.wih almond milk and vanilla essence. Switched out for your recommended coconut milk and lemon essence. For the butter cream I also used lemon in stead of vanilla essence, layered that inside with some raspberry jam, and then had some more lemon butter cream on top with coconut flakes and lemon zest. Was delicious.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      The sugar adds a textural component and the applesauce adds moisture, so we’re not sure it would work. You may need to play around with adding more dry ingredients. Let us know if you try it!

  56. Lauren says

    Hi everyone! I made this cake once and followed the recipe to a T, and it was AMAZING. Delicious, great texture, easy, huge success. After making it once, I wanted to make it again, but I only had a gf flour blend instead of almond flour. After reading the label, I decided to substitute the blend for all the flours in the directions… I cannot overstate this: BAD IDEA. What was once a perfect recipe turned into a completely horrible disaster. The cake looked okay, but tastes like uncooked bread dough. PLEASE do yourself a favor and follow the recipe. The minimalist baker will not steer you wrong, just follow the recipe and save yourself the disappointment of ruining what could be a perfect cake.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for sharing, Lauren! Sorry to hear the second attempt didn’t go as well!

  57. Hannah says

    I’m planning to make this at the weekend :-)

    Could you tell me, is almond flour the same as ground almonds?

    Thanks so much!

  58. chelsea monsevais says

    I made this recipe twice, first with the coconut sugar/maple syrup as the sweetener and then secondly with the cane sugar. The first cake is very dense and doesn’t appear to have lightness to it. It’s quite heavy. The second cake has a ‘spongey’ appearance that is lacking in the first. Either way you choose, they both tasted great, so it really comes down to your preferences on ingredients and the appearance. Hope this helps others!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We wouldn’t recommend that as coconut flour is much more dense and absorbent and typically does best with the addition of egg.

  59. Stephani says

    This cake is perfect. The texture and flavor are wonderful. You’d never know it is gluten free and vegan. I love it so much! Made it with my husband for mother’s day and it was a wonderful treat. We froze half of it for another time. I have a feeling it will thaw well and taste great!

  60. Cleo says

    The recipe calls for 2 sticks of vegan butter. The vegan butter that I purchased came in 4 little sticks. Each are 4 oz. it is earth balance brand. So do I use two small sticks or all 4?

  61. Nana says

    I have Bob’s Red Mill Paleo flour. Could I substitute in place of the almond flour and potato starch? If so, would I use 4 1/4 cup plus the 1/3 cup of cornstarch? The paleo flour has arrow root listed as an ingredient. Other ingredients include almond flour, coconut flour, and tapioca flour. Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nana, we haven’t tried it, but we would use caution as coconut flour tends to be much more absorbent and can be tricky especially in egg-free recipes. Let us know if you do some experimenting!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We wonder if you could maybe replace the vanilla extract with lemon extract and add lemon zest? Let us know if you try it!

  62. PS says

    OK, I have tried so many of your recipes, and they all have been a success. I don’t know how you do it! This one was a little tricky, quarantine and all, so I used 2/3 cup of sour cream to sub for the 2/3 vinegar milk (I know not DF, but…) and I used date paste instead of the applesauce because that’s all I had. I had all natural almond flour so it’s not as pretty – (or a different kind of pretty!) but I decided to work with the almond theme and used almond extract as well as vanilla. I love a flour buttercream frosting, ever since I learned it existed it’s my go to, so I made a brown sugar ermine buttercream (GF)to frost it with. I can’t wait until it’s cooled!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy our recipes! Thanks so much for sharing your experience! xo

  63. Kristin says

    My husband asked me what I wanted to eat for Mother’s Day and I showed him this recipe. OMG it tasted exactly like I was hoping it would. So good. You would have no idea this was a vegan cake. The buttercream frosting made with earth balance was soooo good. Serve with fruit (especially raspberries and blackberries) and you have a dessert that people would think was from a bakery. Thank you for posting such an awesome recipe!!

  64. Shannon says

    If I could give this more than five stars, I seriously would. Minimalist Baker hit another home run with this recipe! It was moist, dense, and didn’t crumble into bits like some gluten free cakes do. I did a couple of substitutions, and they worked beautifully. I used almond flour with the skins instead of blanched and replaced the potato starch with arrowroot powder. My only local grocery store didn’t have either, so I had to use what was available. Obviously I can’t compare it to the original recipe, but the cake I made was AMAZING. No subs for the icing, except that I did have to add a bit of almond milk to make it spreadable, as the recipe indicated. Make this; you’ll LOVE every bite!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nora, The potato starch is somewhat of a staple ingredient in this recipe and we aren’t sure how it will turn out without it. But if you must use something else, perhaps try arrowroot and/or GF flour blend.

  65. Shreya says

    Hi I don’t have access to vegan butter but I can get cocoa butter . Does that work as a substitute for the frosting ?

  66. Britt says

    I’m planning to make this cake tomorrow and I don’t have the three 6-inch pans. Could I bake all batter in a single 9″ x 13″ dark metal pan? Thank you.

  67. Nayeli says

    Question! I really want to make this cake for my birthday but I am not gluten free. Can I use regular all purpose flour instead? If so how much flour? Thank you! Can’t wait to try this cake.

  68. Elizabeth says

    I made this twice in two years for my 3, now 4 year old’s birthday! 2019 and 2020. I followed the recipe to a T last year and found it a tiny bit crumbly/almost veering toward slightly dry and a tiny bit too sweet (this is mad picky and for my own taste – others disagreed). So this year I cut about 1/3 the sugar and also turned it into cupcakes – filled basically all the way to the top Since they don’t rise a ton – made 17 – and cooked for about 23 minutes. I did not let them achieve that beautiful golden brown in the photos as I had last year; instead I let them turn jusssstttt golden on the edges and ever so slightly on top (super slight – still extremely pale but a toothpick came out clean). Bam! Amazing! Like perfect to my taste in every way. Made both frostings bc I like the coconut with berries but kiddos (and most other adults) liked the classic buttercream with sprinkles. My hubs likes it best plain – awesome next day with coffee. This will be my go to recipe from now on for grain/gluten free and vegan vanilla cake. I absolutely love the crumb and mouthfeel – so so moist but not at all mushy nor oily with enough crumb/heft to stand out but not dry. Hard to explain but they’re just wonderful. Especially if you’re an experienced vegan, GF or even paleo baker you know how things can go awry. Most similar recipes like this have a lot of oil or else eggs and can veer dry or too dense. This is none of those. Thank you for yet another keeper!

  69. Colleen says

    I made this cake last weekend and it was delicious! It was moist and a little dense with a nutty taste to it. I love that it’s oil free. I used 8 inch cake pans, but in the future I’ll probably use 6 inch cake pans to see if I can get it a little lighter. I made the cake exactly as instructed, but added rosewater to the buttercream frosting and it was great. I love almond and rose together! I’ll definitely be looking for an excuse to make this again.

  70. Eli says

    I made this cake for a family birthday party this weekend. We have several dairy-soy-gluten-free folks in our house so this recipe was a breath of fresh air. It was delicious! Everyone wanted a second slice. We added blueberries to the top and side for a bit of flare. I would make this again and again!

  71. Niccy says

    This cake is fantastic!!! I’ve made it several times!! This last time I added mashed banana, cinnamon, and walnuts to the batter and a little almond milk to the icing…yum!!!

  72. Catherine says

    Ok so I tested this recipe and baked it into cupcakes and it turned out perfectly!

    I halfed the recipe and it made 10 cupcakes. The texture is fluffy and moist from the almond flour, it has a slight nutty after taste but is not overpowering at all.

    I have tried every gluten free vegan recipe for cupcakes and this is by far the BEST one!

  73. Julie says

    Sounds amazing!! I’m making this tomorrow. (I love all your recipes!) Do you think I could use coconut oil instead of applesauce? It is the only ingredient I don’t have…

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Julie, we haven’t tried it, but another reader did so with success. Let us know if you try it!

  74. Rabia says

    I wanted to know if this could just make one cake instead of 3 layers, OR if it can be made as cupcakes? If I want to just make one cake, would I use less ingredients?

      • Love says

        I made the cake with all the instructions provided but for some reason it didnt taste too great. Can I replace the apple cider Vinegar with something sweeter because I tasted that in the cake.

  75. Colleen says

    This looks amazing. Just a quick question: I’d like to make this cake and frost it with a chickpea broth whipped cream (Rather than coconut whipped cream). Do you think that would work? I worry about the whipped cream being a little too delicate and light to really support the layers of cake—even though I only plan on doing two layers. I’ve just never made chickpea broth whipped cream before so I’m not sure how supportive it will be. Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Colleen, we’ve never tried chickpea broth whipped cream and aren’t sure how it would turn out. Let us know if you try it!

  76. Angela McGuire says

    Cake is great! This is the first Gluten Free / Vegan recipe I have ever made. Instructions were easy to follow. I modified to make it chocolate. I added 3 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder and 100g of melted dark chocolate to the mix and then threw a handful of dark chocolate chips in the mix before baking.

  77. George Chapman says

    Hi Dana,

    I would love to make this cake. However, I have (2) 10-inch pans, a 6 inch, and (2) 8 inches, I would love to keep this layered high. Any idea how much more batter I would need to fill up by 10, 8, and inch pans? That goes for icing too?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi George, we think 2 8-inch pans would work best with the measurements specified in the recipe.

  78. Minii G. says

    Hello couldn’t find potato startch anywhere available to me would i be able to sub with potato flour I’m sure the ratio is different

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Minii, we haven’t tried this recipe with potato flour. Let us know if you do some experimenting!

      • Anne says

        What would you sub for potato starch? I don’t eat anything with nightshades as it affects my arthritis. Also, I subbed date and coconut sugar in one of your recipes for chocolate cake and it was fine. Do you think those sugars would work for this cake? Thx!!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Anne, The potato starch is somewhat of a staple ingredient in this recipe and we aren’t sure how it will turn out without it. But if you must use something else, perhaps try arrowroot and/or GF flour blend. The sugar helps with the texture in this one, but coconut sugar might work. Just know the color will be darker. Hope that helps!

  79. Marni says

    Made this using coconut sugar and it came out perfectly. I also added an extra tsp of vanilla and used my Kitchen Aid with the whisk attachment to get a nice smooth batter. I ended up adding extra almond flour (fine) to get the right consistency but it was easy to eyeball it. Great recipe. Thank you!

  80. Sara says

    Hi Dana!

    Thank you for sharing this incredible recipe!! I made it and it turned out great. I would like to substitute the sugar with maple syrup. Is that possible? Do you have any tips for that substitution?

    Also, if I would like to use a 16” round cake pan, how long should I bake it?

    Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sara, we haven’t tried those modifications, so we aren’t certain. But if using maple syrup, you’d likely need to add a bit more flour to compensate for the additional liquid. It might be better to use half coconut sugar, half maple though. For a 16 inch cake pan, maybe bake an extra 10-15 minutes- use a toothpick to check if it’s ready. Let us know how it goes!

  81. Venice Topacio says

    Hi Dana!
    We don’t have almond flour in our local supermarkets. Could I still use almond meal? Would it need to ba a different ratio?
    Thanks heaps!

      • Venice Topacio says

        I’ve tried it with almond meal!! It’s perfect! Man its the best allergy free cake I ever baked for the family!! My son is suffering few food allergies. Im now a fan of your website. Im glad I have a go to cake! Thank you!

        • Therese says

          Hi there,
          Just wondering if you can use oil instead of applesauce in this recipe?? Also how long would you bake it for two 9 inch pans? Thx! T

          • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

            Hi Therese, we haven’t tried it that way, but it might work! We’d say bake for the same amount of time, but check with a toothpick to see if it’s done and add more time, as needed.

  82. Twyla says

    Hello! I would like to make this cake for my son’s birthday next week. He’s allergic to nuts, what flour would you recommend as an alternative to almond flour? Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ooh, that’s tough. Almond flour is a huge part of this recipe. Is he vegan AND gluten-free?

      • Twyla says

        Unfortunately he’s allergic to wheat and eggs. As well as nuts. It’s tough to find recipes since he’s allergic to all those things

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Twyla, maybe try this recipe using all-purpose GF flour? You can leave out the sprinkles, if desired.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kruti, The potato starch is somewhat of a staple ingredient in this recipe and we aren’t sure how it will turn out without it. But if you must use something else, perhaps try arrowroot and/or GF flour blend.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! Sorry to hear about the food poisoning! As for it being dry, did you make any modifications to the flours?

  83. Cathy says

    Any idea if white rice flour might work as a substitute for potato starch? I’m baking in the time of quarantine, and don’t have potato starch on hand, but do have plenty of rice flour in the pantry. I also have plenty of oat flour, and coconut flour, but was thinking that rice flour would be the most similar sub. for potato starch. Thanks for your guidance!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Cathy, we haven’t tried subbing it, but it might be worth a shot! It does sound like the best option of what you have. Let us know if you give it a try!

  84. Rebekah says

    The measurement for butter for the frosting is not specific. I don’t use that kind of butter, so I have no idea what 2 sticks is… please clarify. Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Rebekah, 224 grams. For future reference, you can find this info by clicking “metric” beneath the ingredient heading. Hope that helps!

  85. Jenn says

    Hi, so I have made this cake twice now and still ca not figure out the problem? I am a baker, but new to this lifestyle due to food allergies now.
    The cake I end up adding the extra almond flour to each time and when I bake them, they always sink a bit in the center and never cook alway. They are gooey and I’ve cooked them extra and let them cool a long time.
    Help please, I want to make this again today and get this right.

      • Jenn says

        No to both. I did make them again and the batter tastes great, but the middle wasn’t as bad this time so I cooked it a bit longer and they at least came out of the pans this time . Lol. What I do know is that I tried to cut them in 1/2 ( uhh what a mess) I filled with strawberry filling and a raspberry filling. But Should this have been a problem if they were cooked right?

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Jenn, this cake is a bit on the crumbly side, so we would recommend baking in two pans next time. Maybe bake even longer next time? Not quite sure what else might be causing that!

  86. Monica says

    I followed the directions to a T and my batter keeps coming out thick like cookie dough. Please help.
    I did use coconut flour instead of almond flour but I dont see how the different types of flour could make a difference in the thickness. I added more almond milk to try and thin the batter out. It did thin the batter out of course but did not bake right at all. Please help me understand what is going wrong.

  87. Anna says

    I love all the recipes!!! If you want to soft just the right texture. make this recipe! I’m gluten-free and dairy free vegan too, this is definitely the best recipe for everyone… please do a Cheesecake!!

  88. Denise says

    I was wondering if I can substitute the sugar for monk fruit sweetener. Supposedly monk fruit sweetener can be substituted 1:1 for sugar.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Alicia, We haven’t tried using coconut oil in place of the vegan butter and can’t say for sure, but we don’t think it would work the same!

  89. Bobbie Moates says

    Hi! My daughter and I are making this cake right now and it seems the cake batter is super super thick. As of now we have added 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk and the batter isn’t liquid at all! Any help for how to fix this? We followed the recipe here perfectly. Let us know, thanks!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, was the coconut milk full fat? Perhaps that was the issue. The recipes calls for 1 2/3 cup. So add a little more. It should be a pourable batter.

  90. Katie says

    Hey! I have some Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free flour and want to use it for this recipe. Do you think that would work? If so, how much of the flour should I use?
    Thanks!

  91. Felicia Raiti-Motherway says

    Hi Dana,
    I was going to make this cake into a lemon flavor. Do you know if it could be done with lemon extract?
    Thanks, Felicia

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      That’s a great question! I’ve been meaning to try that myself. I think lemon extract + lemon zest / juice would be lovely! Let us know if you give it a try.

  92. Lindsey Myers says

    I want to make this with some bittersweet chocolate pieces mixed in- does that sound like a reasonable add-in?

    Thanks!

  93. Angelina says

    Amazing! So moist and the frosting is to die for. Honestly, you won’t be able to tell the difference from regular buttercream. I used arrowroot and made homemade baking powder (corn intolerant) and it turned out great. The cake stayed moist and the frosting held up well in the fridge. I had a leftover slice for breakfast for a week (shhh ;)) This is now my go to bday cake recipe. Thanks Dana!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Angelina! Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ambika, we aren’t sure that would work as baking powder will give it more rise. But you could maybe try reducing the amount slightly and adding cream of tartar and cornstarch for homemade baking powder. You can find recipes online.

  94. Toral says

    I have made this twice. The first time I followed the recipe near-exactly as written except I used Bob’s Red Mill Super Fine Almond Flour. It was wonderful. My family thought it was too sweet (even for a cake). So the second time I tried to cut the sugar and sub the volume with more almond flour, but the cake didn’t completely rise in the middle. Any tips on making the cake less sweet? I might try cutting sugar and the wet ingredients next time.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Toral, you may be able to get away with reducing the sugar, but not adjusting the other ingredients. Let us know how it goes!

  95. Samantha says

    Rating: Out of 5. I’d give it a 5!
    I had to substitute the potato starch with arrow root powder as it was suggested in the comments.
    I’m curious what the potato starch is for? What does it do?
    I used homemade applesauce and it had cinnamon and maybe other spices but it was still so good!
    I also did use almond flour but I used unblanched so it had all the brown shell stuff…still turned out good.
    In the end my cake was a bit wet out on the outside…maybe because it was in a throw away tin and then put in the fridge overnight… I just tossed it in the oven upside down on a tray for 10 minutes until it wasnt wet anymore.
    As I keep making these I will use less cane sugar because I am not a fan for kids cakes.
    The icing I could have made a bit thicker but I put it in the fridge once I iced it and was so good…obviously…because its sugar. LoL
    So yummy! Loved it. Will make it everytime. You can check how it turned out on my Instagram: samantha.c.hanley

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Samantha, we’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing! The potato starch provides a light and fluffy texture- glad to hear arrowroot worked for you though!

  96. Patti says

    I made this delicious cake exactly as the recipe is written and it is my absolute favorite vanilla cake recipe! I made it four days ago and we ate it on the second day (was my granddaughter’s birthday cake!) and I have kept the leftovers in the fridge since then, and today (four days later) the last piece still tastes wonderful and moist! Thank you so much for putting this recipe together and sharing it with us!

  97. Lisa says

    This is the single best gf baked good I’ve ever had. Hands down. I can’t believe this isn’t a traditional flour cake. Even after I messed with it… I swapped out all of the liquid and applesauce for strawberry purée bc I need a gf/v strawberry cake for a friend. It worked out perfectly. This is a KEEPER.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Whoop! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Lisa! And your strawberry purée modification sounds amazing!

  98. Kathy Young says

    My nephew can not have cane or coconut or honey or maple syrup so can dates be soaked in the milk for sweetness or any other suggestion because everything else meets the requirements

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, we aren’t sure that would turn out in terms of texture. But if you do some experimenting, let us know how it goes!

      • Sophja says

        Would love to use this recipe to make a semi naked cake. Would the cake be strong enough to take a thicker butter cream frosting in the layer and also some strawberries layered in between?

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Sophja, we haven’t tried that, but we think it would work! Let us know if you try it!

  99. Marcela Amaral says

    Hi Dana! I made this cake two weeks ago but I still wanna give another try to have a better opinion. For now, I can say that it was ok but too dry. I shared the cake with some people and most of them really liked it! But there are some things I wanna highlight here: 1) I had to bake the cake for 55 min, but I checked it after the 40 min you recommended and they were still uncooked but the top was already brown, so I covered with aluminum folie and baked them 5 min more. I checked again and not ready. So I kept checking after 5 minutes until it was good. But it was so brown, that I couldn’t even say that it was a vanilla cake. I also couldn’t taste anything like vanilla. It could taste banana. I read all the other comments here and I really think the color and the fact it was not 100% cooked is related to the almond flour. I can’t find the same brand you use because I am in The Netherlands, so I had to use another one. But I will try to find this Wellbees brand. I didn’t make the frosting, so I cannot make comments about it, but I will try next time. I did the chocolate frosting with sweet potatoes that someone else here in the comments talked about and I was really surprised about the results. People who tried the cake were crazy about that frosting. Anyway, thanks for sharing and I will give another try if I find the same brand of almond flour you used.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Marcela, we would say maybe try using a banana that is less ripe and reduce the oven temperature. Hope that helps for next time!

      • Marcela Amaral says

        Hi Dana,
        Thanks for your quick reply! Actually, I followed your recipe and I used applesauce too. The other people didn’t taste banana, but people who knows me say, in general, that I have a refined palate, and I think I do have it. But I havent’t used any bananas at all. Next time, I will reduce the oven temperature. Thanks and I’ll come back when I make this recipe again!;-)

  100. Amanda says

    I made this recipe and it is perfect! Cut the measurements in half (used metric, so it was easy to adjust), and baked it in an 8 inch square pan – perfectly done at 35 minutes. The only change I made was using arrowroot instead of cornstarch, and I added sprinkles to make it a funfetti cake. Frosted with a different but similar vegan buttercream. So good — moist but not claggy. Can’t wait to try this as a base recipe with other spices or even fruit inside! ??

  101. Rebecca says

    This recipe is a slam dunk. Moist, flavorful, perfect density. I will make this over and over again. Thank you!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We think it would freeze well! The potato starch is somewhat of a staple ingredient in this recipe and we aren’t sure how it will turn out without it. But if you must use something else, perhaps try arrowroot and/or GF flour blend.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ekta, you could try subbing the same amount of banana or another mashed fruit puree. Or perhaps a neutral oil? Let us know if you give it a try!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Michelle, sorry to hear that was your experience! Were you perhaps baking at altitude? If not, we wonder whether maybe it needed more dry ingredients? Hope that helps!

      • Michelle Vogel says

        Thank you for replying! Certainly not baking at altitude. Should I add more almond flour? I used ground almonds… would that have caused it?? It certainly tasted amazing!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Yes, we’d say try adding more potato starch. We wouldn’t expect ground almonds to cause an issue, but it’s possible.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Becky, Unfortunately, almond flour is a pretty key ingredient in this cake. But if you test other flours or meals, let us know how it goes!

  102. Anne-Marie Rapp says

    I’ve made this cake a number of times for my (highly opinionated) vegan family who absolutely loved it – with or without frosting but with a layer of dark chocolate instead on top. This past week I made the cake exactly as per the recipe with frosting and all for 20 people at my work. An office of lunch catering specialists, who are used to cakes made with eggs, milk and butter. They ALL want the recipe! Couldn’t believe how good it was, so tasty and delicious ;) So THANK YOU for this amazing recipe!

  103. Sarah says

    Hi, I wonder if it is possible to replace the cane sugar with a natural sweetener? Like coconut/palm sugar? Is this possible? Or do you recommend any other natural sweetener?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sarah, other readers have tried that with success! To see their comments, you can press “ctrl+f” on a PC or “command+f” on a mac and a find bar should pop up that allows you to search for specific words (such as coconut sugar) in the post and comments.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried that and aren’t sure whether it would work. Let us know if you give it a try!

  104. Chrissy says

    This turned out really delicious~
    Subbed half of the recipe reqs for cane sugar with coconut sugar and turned out good. I think mine was a little overcooked so next time I’ll check it at 30 mins (cooked it for 35 mins). Made the 9×12 cake as a snack for my kids. They named it almond cake since my oldest said there’s not much vanilla taste, but rather he could taste the almonds (I used almond milk). Overall a great recipe and I will make this one again and again for sure. Didn’t make the frosting either. Just ate it plain as a breakfast bite and after school snack. Maybe next time I’ll adventure with the maple syrup and remove the cane sugar altogether.

  105. Mennat says

    I just made this in a 9-inch pan. Living in the UK means slightly different ingredients but I did everything I could to follow the recipe to the letter. The cake tasted beautiful but it was very dense and claggy, despite baking it for an extra 20 mins. I need to make a variety of sizes for a baby shower cake for my friend. Does anyone have an idea as to how long it should bake for? Also is American applesauce a puree or does it have apple pieces in it? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mennat, it sounds like maybe it needed to bake even longer. What ingredient modifications did you make? That could also contribute. American applesauce is typically a purée. Hope that helps!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yes, that should work! To see what other readers have done, you can press “ctrl+f” on a PC or “command+f” on a mac and a find bar should pop up that allows you to search for specific words (such as “sheet pan”) in the post and comments.

  106. AK says

    Hey,

    almond flour is crazy expensive around here. Can I just use normal GF flour mix or will it be very different?

    Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think it will be quite different. But if you give it a try let us know! You could also try subbing cashew flour (finely ground cashews) if that’s more accessible.

      • Sarah says

        Do you know if I could substitute oat flour for the almond flour? I’m trying to make a nut free, gluten-free, vegan cake for a birthday party. Thank you!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hmm, I don’t think so. I think it will make it gummy and heavy. Let us know if you try though1

  107. Mindy Coykendall says

    I wanted to cry eating this cake! It tastes like an actual cake! My daughter has many, many allergies and she is so brave in a world where eating and socializing go hand in hand. For special occasions we usually have fruit but this year I was asked to bring a cake for Christmas Eve. I come from a family of bakers, baking at downtown markets, catering, wedding cake designers etc. so to have people say that it tastes like a “normal” cake was a huge accomplishment. Thank u for this recipe, it allows her to feel a little less different and I get to say yes! We did switch the organic cane sugar for coconut sugar as she can have that. Thank you again.

    • Vanessa says

      I make it with the coconut sugar too. It always turns out so perfect! Grateful for this recipe! I’ve made it at least a dozen times! I always love a good excuse to make this gem! Thanks for your hard work and dedication! #govegan

  108. Cheryl says

    I am so anxious to try this recipe. Can it be modified for cupcakes? If so, any suggestions. I know i won’t be able to eat an entire cake.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Other readers have done so with success! If you press “ctrl+f” on a PC or “command+f” on a mac, a find bar should pop up that allows you to search for specific words in the post and comments.

  109. Leah Sachiko says

    Made no modifications and the cake was a beautiful, delicious showstopper. My daughter has class V allergies to wheat, dairy, and egg whites, so I’ve come to consider your recipes to be lifesavers. I made this for her 2nd birthday last week. I made 1.5 recipes, and made a 3-layer 9-inch round cake. After each layer was cool I wrapped them individually in plastic wrap and fridged them until the next night. They held up perfectly and I would actually recommend chilling them overnight because it helped them be less fragile. Everyone at the party loved it and couldn’t believe what was NOT in it! We’ve been eating the leftovers (for breakfast!) all weekend and it isn’t dried out or soggy, it’s still delicious. Will make again and again, but I also might experiment with a chocolate version.

    • Vanessa says

      I use a 3 ingredient chocolate sweet potato frosting on this cake to make it a little healthier and it is so delicious! I don’t go with the recipe frosting because we try and stay away from processed foods and it’s just too much sugar and butter. The sweet potato frosting works great. Sweet potatoes, chocolate chips and either syrup or honey. You can find the recipe by googling it. This cake is amazing! I also sub out the cane sugar for coconut sugar!

  110. G says

    Hi, I’ve tried this cake and I’ve got to say it tasted good. My only problem was whilst the outside of the cake was very much light and fluffy like a cake should be, the middle was quite dense/almost raw and claggy? Also it sank in the middle!

    Any attempts to prevent this next time?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sarah, we’re not sure if this cake would be a good fit for all purpose flour (we haven’t tested it). But if you do give it a try, let us know how it goes!

  111. Mayen says

    Hi! Awesome recipe! But is there anyway I could sub the almond flour for all purpose gluten free flour? If I used that would I still need potato starch? And use tapioca starch instead of cornstarch? I have lots of food allergies! Thanks for any advice!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mayen, we haven’t tried it that way and aren’t sure whether it would work. We would recommend searching the comments to see what others have tried. If you press “ctrl+f” on a PC or “command+f” on a mac, a find bar should pop up that allows you to search for specific words in the post and comments.

  112. Betsy says

    I’m giving this one star because the texture was not cake like at all. If this was a cornbread recipe it would have been 5 star. It was very expensive and time consuming to make a birthday cake that had the texture of cornbread. I have made almond flour cakes before with great success. I really wanted this vegan version to work

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Betsy, we’re sorry to hear that was your experience! This is denser than your classic vanilla gluten cake. Which brand of almond flour did you use? We love Wellbee’s and have found other brands to be more difficult to work with. Our other suggestion would be baking in three 6-inch pans as it creates more height, requires slightly less bake time, and makes them slightly fluffier.

  113. Tab says

    Hi There! I’ve made this cake before with great success but wanted to see if you have tried any adjustments to create a red velvet base? Hoping to make one for Christmas ? thank you

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, I’m not sure about that! I’d probably recommend adding cocoa powder and a roasted beet?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Alyssa, it sounds like it may have needed more baking time or your baking powder was old. Did you insert a toothpick to see if it was done? Better luck next time!

  114. Leah says

    could I use anything other than potato starch? I don’t have any at home but I have tapioca and GF flour blend….

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Leah, Hmm, it’s somewhat of a staple ingredient in this recipe and we aren’t sure how it will turn out without it. But if you must use something else, perhaps try arrowroot and/or GF flour blend. Let us know how it goes!

  115. Lynda Olson says

    This was my first crack at a vegan gluten-free cake. It was delicious! But it wasn’t quite right and I’m not sure how to fix it. I used all the listed ingredients with one minor change: I used cold almond milk (not boxed — Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk). I also used two 8-inch cake pans. I think I slightly under-baked it because, although the toothpick came out completely clean, the cakes “deflated” a little in the middle after coming out of the oven. When removing them from the pans, I noticed the cakes felt heavy, dense. And when I ran my finger across the empty pan to taste the cake “film”, one pan seemed a tad wet. After frosting and eating the cake, I was right — it was very dense & heavy. The texture was more like cornbread than cake, only much denser. Do you think I just needed to bake it longer? I was afraid to leave it longer cuz they were very golden brown when I removed them from the oven. Any other suggestions? BTW, for the frosting, I used 2 Earth Balance vegan buttery stix, about 12 strawberries — coarsely pureed, and 2 lb. powdered sugar! I could have halved the ingredients and ended up with just the right amount of delicious vegan strawberry buttercream frosting.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      The frosting sounds amazing! As for the cake, this is denser than your classic vanilla gluten cake. Which brand of almond flour did you use? We love Wellbee’s and have found other brands to be more difficult to work with. My other suggestion would be baking in three 6-inch pans as it creates more height, requires slightly less bake time, and makes them slightly fluffier in my experience. Hope that helps, Lynda!

  116. T. Knortz says

    Oh my goodness……this was absolutely delicious. I love it. I haven’t eaten cake in 20 years because of gluten and dairy allergies. I have tried to make the boxed versions but they turn out dense and like gummy glue that is just disgusting. This was light, fluffy and simply beyond delicious. I made it just like the recipe except I replaced the apple cider vinegar with lemon juice, I
    replaced cornstarch with arrowroot starch
    and I replaced cane sugar with 6 stevia packets
    The ONLY bad thing is that I am the only one eating it and can’t stop dipping my fork in for more……..Please higher power, give me strength :). Thank you minimalist baker. I can now have my cake, eat it and enjoy it!!! This was truly amazing. I am a happy baker today.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  117. A says

    Hello,
    I have now tried to make this recipe for the second time.
    The only thing I can think of for why it didn’t turn out is because of the type of almond-flour I have (purchased in Canada). I don’t know the brand because I re packaged it in a glass mason jar and threw out the original bag long ago. It turned out extremely hard and overly dry- brick like and not edible.
    I had to use WAY more almond milk than the recipe calls for (over triple the amount for sure)….
    So I was perplexed as to what was wrong. Could it be the type of almond Flour? What else could cause this? Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So interesting. Did you make any other modifications? I’d be so curious which almond flour you used b/c Wellbee’s is definitely our favorite and others tend to give varied results. Let us know! We’d love to help troubleshoot.

  118. Maren says

    I made this for my daughter’s birthday and it was wonderful. I used arrowroot instead of cornstarch with no noticeable change. For the frosting I blended together avocado, cocoa powder and agave. This cake was sturdy enough to be stacked five layers high yet moist and yummy. This recipe is a keeper!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Maren. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      That’s what I did! Yes, 35-40 minutes should be perfect. Do a visual check around the 30 minute mark to ensure it’s not cooking too quickly.

  119. Anika says

    SUCH AN INCREDIBLE RECIPE!
    Not too sweet, the almond flour flavour is very light and works so well with the vanilla. I recommend this recipe. 10/10.

    I made a few substitutions
    Brown sugar for cane sugar and melted coconut oil instead of applesauce – turned out great

  120. Aaesha says

    Hands down the BEST cake in the world! My family who is neither gluten free nor vegan is now in love with this. Thank you for the perfect recipe.

  121. Skiriki says

    This is a comedy of horrors in baking, but with a happy ending, no thanks to MY own messing up with things; I will credit this recipe for being resilient to incompetent tooling around.

    After my initial failure with a different vegan-gluten free cake (which is still going to be used, just as decorative crumbs because YIKES, coconut flour, what did you doooooo), I googled and found this recipe. I was desperate, and made a dash to corner store to loot some ingredients, thinking “oh yeah, I got potato and maize starch at home, no probs, I’m in a super hurry now”, grabbed more almond flour after wondering if I REALLY needed more… and uh.

    “Hey darling Significant Otter, where’s our baking soda?” I asked once back home and going thru the cupboard, recalling the Great Baking Soda discussion we had couple of weeks ago. “We don’t have it.” Whaaaattttt. Facepalm, me on verge of tears again. “But I’m also going to store now.” “Please bring some so I can catch up with my schedule for this party-to-come.”

    So I get my baking soda.

    Wait, this bag of almond flour I bought… it is 300 grams. I need more. OK, I got… SOME more in my home stash. About 40 gram more. [insert swearing]

    OK, OK, I’ll just compensate with other flours and starches, right? Potato flour, ah there’s my packet of it… WAIT, I got HOW MUCH left!? WHERE DID IT GO!? At least my bag of maize starch was full. This is about 80 gram more maize than the recipe originally suggested to put in.

    I can’t use apples (IBS), and even bananas are a bit touch and go, but I used pureed bananas anyway. Sugar! Welp, I could make things more interesting with a bit of muscovada sugar? Except it absolutely refused to cooperate. There are chunks in it. I can’t make those chunks much smaller. They’re going to be little surprise nuggets of pure dark delight in that cake.

    I tucked the cake into the oven and marched to sulk in front of my computers, expecting a catastrophic failure #2 to manifest in 35 minutes, thanks to my own level of tiredness and general incompetence with all things gluten-free and vegan (but I can bake non-vegan and gluten-y cakes just fine).

    BUT! What I pulled out of the oven was beautiful, about 2 inches risen cake (yay! I can easily halve it and fill with yums!) which also tasted incredibly great based on crumb samples.

    Thank you for saving my butt and butts of people who are coming to celebrate our local sci-fi club’s 30th birthday and who need their yums in vegan or gluten-free variety!

    Changes: Pureed banana, extra maize starch to substitute for about 80 grams in total of potato starch and almond flour, toasted almond milk used as non-dairy variety.

    The cake will be filled with dark chocolate pudding (gluten-free, vegan) and mix of banana puree-raspberry jam, and decorated with vegan buttercream frosting and topped with fresh raspberries and blackberries, some decorative food colors and edible sparkles.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Skiriki, we’re so glad to hear it turned out well despite all the obstacles! Great job!!

  122. Jennifer says

    My son is allergic to almonds. Is there another flour I can use instead? He’s allergic to corn, soy, dairy, eggs, peanuts, oats.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, that’s tough! This cake is almost entirely based with almonds. Maybe try this recipe instead but with gluten-free flour. OR, if he can have gluten you could use all purpose as suggested.

  123. M says

    Hello! I am making this for a friend with celiac disease, and he is sensitive to corn as well. Can I replace the cornstarch with arrowroot?

  124. Lucy says

    I have tried several gluten-free and vegan cake recipes but this one is a Keeper!!!! I made this for my grand daughter’s birthday and it was all gone before anyone could get a second piece. My family has been gluten-free and now they want to go vegan and this cake was the best I have ever had!!! I don’t want to change anything and will be using this recipe all the time!!!! Thank you!

      • Sheila Fly says

        Hello :- )
        I’LL get to the point ;–) I’m on a plant based diet, and also sugar free (things that are naturally sweet are fine). No gluten, dairy, caffeine, or anything like that. But I LOVE cake. Is there a substitute fr the brown sugar/cane sugar in your recipe? Such as apple sauce which is something I’ve seen online. Let me know!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Sheila, The sugar helps with the texture, but if you can have natural sweeteners, maybe try subbing a mix of maple syrup and coconut sugar. Though we haven’t tested it this way. Let us know if you try it!

          • ps says

            I bought date sugar to use in cookies for my Dad (borderline diabetic – it’s not supposed to cause insulin spike) so maybe try that? Research the ratios because it’s made from dried ground dates so you might need a little less in the recipe. Yes it will impart the flavor, but it’s delicious!

  125. Michelle says

    This has a great consistency and taste! I am making a 3 tiered wedding cake and am happy with how it has baked off. Thank you!

  126. Rob says

    Hi,
    Can I swap out the almond flour and the potato starch for Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free all purpose flour blend?
    Thanks for your help!

  127. Heather says

    I made this cake today, exactly as written. I was impressed with how good it tastes! I’m pretty new to gluten free baking and until now all the recipes I’ve tried failed to impress. But thanks to you, I now have a great go-to recipe for when my sweet tooth demands cake! I had a feeling that Minimalist Baker wouldn’t let me down! ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi, Subbing the almond flour is difficult, but what about another seed meal, such as sunflower or hemp?

      • Rosie Burdon says

        I would love to make this for my baby’s first birthday but am wanting to substitute the cane sugar. Is their a no refined sugar alternative I could use? Many thanks in advance.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          Our best suggestion would be using stevia to taste OR subbing half the sugar with maple syrup and the rest with stevia or monkfruit to taste. If you end up experimenting, let us know how it goes! We would recommend testing with a small batch first before committing so you don’t waste ingredients :D

  128. Marisa says

    Hi! My friend that will be baking this for is refined sugar free meaning she cannot have cane sugar but she can have honey. Will honey change the texture of the cake?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Marisa, we haven’t tried this recipe with honey and aren’t sure how it would work. For another refined sugar free option, we might recommend subbing a mix of maple syrup and coconut sugar, but we haven’t tested it this way and can’t guarantee results.

  129. Jennifer says

    I am gluten, dairy, and soy free (not fully vegan). Is it possible to replace the applesauce with eggs? If so how many?

    Thanks! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jennifer, we haven’t tried this recipe with eggs and aren’t sure how it would turn out! Let us know if you give it a try! Otherwise, another idea would be to try subbing the same amount of banana or another mashed fruit puree?

  130. Nicole says

    Thanks for this. I use your gf recipes all the time (I’m gluten sensitive), and now it’s time for my daughter’s first birthday cake, and it’s becoming evident that she’s intolerant to egg. Looking forward to making this and to more gf and—now egg-free—baking!

  131. Debra Julin says

    Made the cake as is. I just added some lemon zest to the batter. Best gluten and dairy free cake I’ve had. I also feel good that we are using almond flour so there is some nutritional value to it as well. I’m going to make it again today but I’m gonna change out the flavors and I’m going to use the coconut frosting. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  132. Elisabeth Santy says

    I want to make this cake for me nephew’s birthday. He’s allergic to apple, so can I subsitute it for banana please?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Elizabeth, we haven’t tried it, but think it will work! It may have a slight banana taste though. Let us know if you give it a try!

  133. Alex says

    Has anyone made this with arrowroot starch instead of corn starch !? If so, how did it turn out in terms of consistency … is it still fluffy ?

    Thanks !

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We would recommend doing a search for “arrowroot” in the comments section to see other readers feedback. Most mentioned they had success! Let us know if you give it a try!

  134. Julia says

    Hi! I’m making this for a birthday party on Saturday. I can’t find almond flour anywhere – could I substitute white flour for it? Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, it’s somewhat of a staple ingredient in this recipe. Is there some reason you can’t consume it? I don’t have another recommendation at this time…

      • Michelle says

        My cake was flat. I used tapioca starch instead of potato starch — otherwise everything the same. Could the tapioca starch have affected that?

  135. Patty says

    Hi! This cake is delicious! Thank you! I am hosting mystery dinner party next week. I plan to have a Caribbean menu. However, I will be adding this cake to the menu :) Any icing and filling recommendations to switch it up a bit to coordinate with the party? It’s summer and hot of course. I usually make this cake with your traditional buttercream icing which we love!
    I haven’t tried your coconut whipped cream icing yet.

    p.s. I’m looking to purchase new cake pans. Do you have any brands you recommend?

    Thank you!!

    Patty ?

  136. Spring Haughton says

    Thanks for your recipes. This one had gotten such great reviews that I’m wondering if it would make a good bundt cake? And if so, what adjustments need to be made. I looked through the comments and no one seemed to try this. (I’m on a bit of a bundt cake roll right now)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Spring, we think it would work, though we haven’t tried it and aren’t certain! Let us know if you give it a try!

  137. Mirza Pagola Martin says

    Hello!! i want to try your recipe BUT i need to make it a “champagne cake”. I was thinking on reducing champagne and substituting some of the milk for the reduction….what do you think? Will it work?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ooh, that sounds fun! I don’t know how it will react with the other ingredients but it’s certainly possible. And I think the way you’re going about it is exactly how I’d do it. You could also see if there’s a “champagne extract” – ha! Seems like a long shot, but potentially an option. Let us know how it goes!

  138. Amy says

    This cake was unbelievable!! Thank you so much for the recipe. Everyone loved it!! I made a half batch to make a dozen cupcakes topped with coconut whipped cream and berries for kids. And a normal batch for a two layer cake with vegan buttercream frosting, dyed purple with purple carrot juice and edible flowers. The only swaps I made were to use coconut sugar for the cake and added lemon zest and juice for a lemon flavor. Everyone raved and demanded the recipe, especially finding out later it was vegan and gluten-free. THANK YOU!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      So glad you enjoyed it, Amy! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  139. Cristina says

    This recipe came out great! I even added sprinkles to make a funfetti cake. I want to try it again as a rum cake. Do you think I’d be able to sub the milk for some rum?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Cristina! I think the rum substitution should work! Let us know if you try it.

      Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xoxo

  140. Vix says

    Hello,
    We want to try this recipe — it looks so yummy! Can I sub vanilla powder for essence? If so, how do you suggest? I have run out of essence and only have powder (which seemed like a good buy at the time however I don’t know how to use it).

    Thanks :)

  141. Isaac says

    I am clear that this recipe is gluten free and vegan. Can you verify for me if it contains soy? I am making this for a client and do not want any mistakes. Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Correct – it should not contain soy unless your dairy-free milk contained soy as an additive.

  142. Maya says

    Hi, I am planning on making this cake for my mom for her birthday. We are sugar free so I was wondering if I could sub something for the powdered sugar in the buttercream frosting. I have granulated monk fruit sugar that can be used just like regular granulated sugar so I don’t need a substitute for that. Thanks!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Maya, we haven’t tried this recipe with any sugar substitutes and aren’t sure how they would turn out. We would recommend checking the other comments as some readers have experimented. Someone reported success with an erythritol/stevia blend. If you do some experimenting, we would love to hear how it goes!

    • Marie says

      You can make powdered sugar by grinding coconut sugar in a coffee bean grinder into a finer powder and mixing it with arrowroot powder.

  143. Andy Moncayo says

    I attempted to make this delicious looking cake for my birthday though made a different buttercream than the recipe called for. When I took the cake out of the oven I noticed that it hadn’t risen as much as I would have thought. As the cakes cooled and I began to assemble them they looked very compact and dense, almost like an uncooked cookie. I followed the instructions to the dot. Is there something that I missed?? Please help.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, what size pans did you use and did the cakes get cooked through all the way? In the photos I believe we used 3 6-inch pans to give it more height as this cake naturally won’t rise as high without eggs / gluten. I’m also wondering if your leavening ingredients were fresh? Please let us know! We’d love to help troubleshoot.

  144. Aimee Maiure says

    I’ve made this twice already! It’s amazing ? I made it as a sheet cake once with the coco whip. Sooo this time I’m making it as a layered cake but wanted to do 4 layers with 2 layers being a strawberry cake! Can I sub blended strawberries for the milk?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Smart idea! I’m not sure how that will go but I think it should work? Let us now if you try it!

      • Aimee Maiure says

        Well I tried subbing strawberry purée for the milk and it worked, however the taste was of strawberry was super faint. I also had to bake it longer and it didn’t have a pink color just a darker brown. Probably could use some tweaking but I pulled it off! I used your butter cream frosting recipe and added strawberry purée to give color and strawberry taste which worked out perfect. I also only did 3 layers at 8” and saved 1 strawberry layer for taste testing lol! I wish I could post a pic, it came out really cute for my daughters bday cake:) Love your recipes, thank you!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          How great! Thanks for sharing your experience Aimee! We’ll add testing a strawberry version to our list!

  145. Tracie Bolante says

    I cannot find Potato Starch anywhere near me and I have to bake this for this weekend so I don’t have time to wait on Amazon to bring me any. What can I use instead of the Potato Starch? Anything?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tracie, perhaps a blend of arrowroot and/or a GF blend would work? Let us know if you give it a try!

  146. Michelle Bangson says

    Ok…. This cake is the one! I have vegans and gf folks in my DnD group, so always turn to Dana when I wanna bring something special!!

    I wanted a “Queen Victoria sponge” look with tropical flavors, so I substituted half of the vanilla with coconut extract before baking. To decorate the cake, I filled the cake with a thick layer of mango-peach preserves and an even thicker layer of So Delicious Cocowhip. I then dusted the top of the cake with powdered sugar. SO yummy and so cute. I definitely recommend serving it this way!

    Also: I set the number of servings to 6 and prepared the batter, dividing it into two 6 inch cake pans. The result was a perfectly sized tiny cake with no leftovers.

  147. Virag says

    Hi Dana, can the apple sauce be substituted with something? Like banana or flax egg? What would be the right portions? I’d like to make this cake for the yummy walnut frosting my husband asked for, for his birthday! Thanks so much

  148. Katy says

    I wanted to try out this recipe using all purpose flour, since I didn’t have any gf substitutes on hand. I kept the corn starch in since I was hoping to get some nice crumb texture, and used the all purpose instead of the almond and potato. I halved the recipe and ended up with a great imbalance of wets to dry- the batter was more dough-like- so I went ahead and added an additional half of the wet ingredients and that ended up working out! I also did a puree blend of mangoes, bananas and pineapple and lemon juice instead of applesauce and that was very tasty. This recipe is truly one of a kind in the fact that you can play around and the ratios don’t seem to need to be absolutely perfect, like most vegan recipes. Very appreciated!

    • Jenna says

      Hi Katy!

      I’m looking to make this recipe with all purpose flour as well — do you mind posting the exact measurements that ended up working out?

      Jenna

  149. Eden says

    This cake looks amazing and I am hoping to make it for my sisters birthday! Unfortunately she is allergic to all nuts and cannot have almond flour is there any other flour I could substitute for the almond flour? Any recommendations would help!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Eden, Subbing the almond flour is difficult, but what about another seed meal, such as sunflower or hemp?

  150. Joanne says

    Made this recipe into 24 cupcakes, and the frosting recipe covers them beautifully, no left overs. They are delicious. After mixing the batter, I added a little almond flour a bit at a time until the consistency looked like thin cream of wheat. To the frosting, I added 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. Very easy and all the ingredients I had on hand. I will make this recipe again very soon. ?

  151. Marissa says

    Has anyone tried this with all purpose flour? If we used AP, would we omit the cornstarch and potato starch? Just omit potato starch? Thanks for any recommendations!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Marissa, we are not sure if this cake would be a good fit for all purpose flour (we haven’t tested it). But if you do give it a try, we would say replace both with the all purpose. Let us know how if you give it a try!

  152. Brittany says

    I saw where you said we could try to substitute the cornstarch with arrowroot starch, but could I substitute the potato starch with arrowroot starch? Crazy as it is, I cannot find anyone that has potato starch in stock or that even carries it.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Brittany, the potato starch is a pretty specific ingredient that helps the texture go a long way. But perhaps a blend of arrowroot and/or a GF blend would work? We would recommend getting potato starch (you should be able to get