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Many food manufacturers have answered the increasing demand for easy-to-make gluten-free products with various gluten-free cake mixes. Unfortunately, many fall short on taste and texture.
One alternative is to make your own gluten-free cake completely from scratch, but if you’re short on time or you don’t have the knack for baking, great gluten-free cake mixes do exist—you just have to find them, or in this case, let us find them for you. We researched every option out there to bring you the top contenders.
Here are the best gluten-free cake mixes.
Best Overall: Simple Mills Vanilla Cake Almond Flour Mix
Simple Mills nailed this gluten-free almond flour cake mix. Made with only seven ingredients—almond flour, organic coconut sugar, arrowroot powder, organic coconut flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and sea salt—this mix proves that you don’t need additives to get the job done.
To make this, all you have to do is add eggs, oil, water, and a little bit of vanilla extract, and then you’re good to go. The finished product tastes delicious, bakes with a beautiful crumb, and holds up well to substitutions, like flax eggs in place of real eggs. Keep in mind that this mix only provides enough for one 8-inch round cake, so if you want to make a layered cake, you’ll need two boxes.
Best Chocolate: King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix
King Arthur Flour has been making gluten-free products since things like gluten-free cake mixes were only available in specialty stores online. Nowadays, its gluten-free cake mixes are easily accessible and extremely delicious. This one has a rich, decadent chocolate flavor and moist crumb that pleases a crowd, whether that crowd follows a gluten-free diet or not.
The ingredients list is pretty straightforward, and everything is non-GMO. Because this cake holds up so well to frosting, and one box bakes two 8- or 9-inch cakes, it’s ideal for building gluten-free layer cakes.
Best Vanilla: Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Vanilla Yellow Cake Mix
Bob’s Red Mill is a leader in baking mixes, and its gluten-free yellow variety is the best around. It’s moist, fluffy, and delicious all on its own, but it also provides a great neutral base for fancier desserts, like pineapple upside-down, carrot, or fresh lemon cake.
If you want, you can also use this mix to make a white cake instead of a yellow one. Just use egg whites in place of whole eggs. Most reviewers say it’s so good that if you don’t tell people it’s gluten-free, they won't be able to tell the difference.
Best Organic: Namaste Foods Organic Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix
Fully organic, gluten-free cake mixes are difficult to find, but thankfully, the Namaste Foods mix is all you need. It’s made with very few ingredients and is easy to prepare. All you need are eggs, oil or butter, and a milk of your choice—dairy or non-dairy work equally well.
Not only is this mix gluten-free, but it’s also made without dairy, peanuts, soy, egg, and corn. Each box makes one 9-inch round cake or 12 gluten-free cupcakes.
Best Keto: Swerve Sweets Chocolate Cake Mix
Most gluten-free cake mixes use rice or tapioca flour combined with some type of sugar to get the perfect texture. Swerve Chocolate Cake Mix, on the other hand, is made with blanched almond flour and sweetened with a combination of erythritol and monk fruit—two low-carb sweeteners.
Each serving has the same chocolatey taste and moist texture as regular cake, but just 2 grams of net carbs. If you want a sweet keto treat, but aren’t a chocolate fan, Swerve also offers a gluten-free vanilla cake mix.
Best Single-Serve: King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Single Serve Confetti Cake Mix
If you’re looking for a gluten-free cake for one, making an entire package may be overkill. That’s where this King Arthur Gluten-Free Single-Serve Confetti Cake Mix comes in. Not only is it perfectly portioned for one, but all the ingredients are contained in a microwaveable cup. All you have to do is add water, stir, and nuke for 50 seconds to create a freshly “baked” gluten-free cake ready for devouring.
If you’re not into confetti cake, there’s also a gluten-free chocolate cake with salted caramel chips that’s just as delicious and easy to make.
Best Pound Cake: Williams Sonoma Gluten-Free Vanilla Pound Cake
Pound cake is typically denser and moister than regular cake—something that’s been pretty difficult to replicate with gluten-free mixes until the Williams Sonoma Gluten-Free Vanilla Pound Cake Mix came along. Made with a special blend of gluten-free flours and Madagascar vanilla power, this rich and buttery cake is moist, tender, and dense enough to make it truly reminiscent of your grandmother’s homemade pound cake.
While the finished creation is delicious on its own, it also acts as the perfect base for strawberry shortcake and is a welcome addition to a gluten-free trifle dessert. You can even make a gluten-free pound cake French toast.
Best Vegan: Thrive Market Almond Flour Yellow Cake Mix
A gluten-free indicator doesn't always mean a product is vegan, too, but Thrive Market provides explicit instructions on its almond flour cake mix for making a delectable vegan and gluten-free confection that’s moist, delicious, and totally hits the spot. All you have to do is swap the eggs for a combination of applesauce and cornstarch.
Better yet, the ingredients list for this mix is quite simple, featuring almond flour, organic coconut sugar, organic arrowroot powder, organic coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt. While the finished cake’s texture is a bit different—it’s a little grainy, thanks to the thicker texture of the almond flour—it’s still an absolute crowd-pleaser.
If you prefer chocolate over vanilla, Thrive Market also offers a chocolate gluten-free cake mix with an equally impressive ingredients list and rich taste.
What to Look for in a Gluten-Free Cake Mix
What flavor you pick can depend on your personal taste but also on what you want to do with the cake. A vanilla or yellow cake mix gives you a range of options to use it as a neutral base for other cakes with fruit, such as peach upside-down cake, or for desserts such as trifle. You can add frosting to a chocolate cake or turn it into a layer cake, but the chocolate flavor will always be the dominant flavor.
When you buy a cake mix, it’s always a good idea to check what the required ingredients are—not only to make sure you have them on hand, but also to see if they meet your other dietary restrictions and whether you can use substitutes such as flax eggs instead of real eggs.
Besides the standard 8- or 9-inch cake, there are also cake mixes for single-serve cakes, for times when a cake craving hits you while you’re home alone.
This one depends on the person. Other than making sure it's gluten-free, you may need to check if the cake mix contains any allergens (such as peanuts or soy) or additives, whether it’s vegan, and how much sugar (and what type of sugar) it contains. Also, if you’re vegan, make sure that both the cake mix as well as the ingredients you need to add are vegan too.
Organic & Non-GMO
To verify whether a cake mix is organic and/or non-GMO, look for the USDA Organic seal and the Non-GMO Project Verified label on the package.
Does gluten-free cake mix rise?
Store-bought cake mixes contain leavening agents such as baking powder, baking soda, or cream of tartar, which release carbon dioxide during baking and make the cake rise.
How do you make a gluten-free cake mix moister?
A simple hack is to add 1 teaspoon additional pure vanilla extract to the cake mix. Finely grated lemon or orange zest works well for yellow or vanilla cake mixes, and orange zest for chocolate cake mixes.
Can I substitute milk for water in gluten-free cake mix?
If the package instructions call for water, the cake mix has been formulated with water for best results. While you can use milk, the cake might turn out drier than if it's made with water.
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