If you have celiac disease or are living a gluten-free lifestyle, you may assume that cake is off-limits. But don’t despair! Here are 22 gluten-free recipes that prove you can still celebrate with cake.

When you prepare gluten-free foods, especially cake and other baked treats, you’re still using ingredients that add fat and calories. Just because something is gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s calorie-free too!

As a result, read labels carefully and save cakes and desserts for special occasions. Enjoying sweets in moderation is always good idea.

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1. Gluten-Free Applesauce Crumb Cake with Cinnamon

This crumb cake is perfect for an autumn breakfast buffet. It’s made with sorghum flour, potato starch, and nut flour, and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Applesauce adds moisture and also cuts down on the amount of necessary oil. 

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2. Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake

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Red velvet cake is a classic, Southern-style dessert known for its deep red color and intense cocoa flavor. This gluten-free recipe, layered with a vanilla cream cheese frosting, doesn’t disappoint.

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3. Neapolitan Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cake

Not only is this ice cream cake pretty, but it beats out any store-bought version. It features vanilla and strawberry ice cream, but feel free to use your favorite flavor combination. Peanut butter and chocolate anyone?

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4. Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake

Angel food cake is meant to be light, airy, and low in calories and fat. This gluten-free version is no different. Flavored with vanilla and lemon, it’s a perfect springtime dessert.

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5. The Best Gluten-Free White Cake Ever

This recipe stands up to its name and is sure to become a staple in your dessert repertoire. While this blogger includes instructions for making pink buttercream frosting, you can save some calories by topping it with fresh fruit or eating it plain instead.

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6. Gluten-Free Single-Layer Yellow Cake

Every baker’s arsenal should contain a yellow layer cake recipe, including gluten-free bakers. This recipe only takes an hour to make, even including the chocolate icing, so it’s a great choice if you’re running short on time.

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7. Gluten-Free Chocolate Birthday Cake

Looking for a chocolate birthday cake? Look no further than this recipe. A combination of bittersweet and unsweetened chocolate really amps up the flavor, as does the accompanying chocolate-sour cream frosting. 

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8. Gluten-Free Banana Cake

The next time you have overripe bananas, don’t throw them away. Instead, make this moist and sweet cake. And if you really want to take it over the top, decorate it with vanilla or cream cheese frosting, or top it with a powdered sugar glaze.  

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9. Gluten-Free Chocolate Framboise Layer Cake

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If you think gluten-free cake can’t be decadent, think again. This dense, dark chocolate mocha cake features framboise flavored whipped cream and fresh raspberries.

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10. Gluten-Free Lemon Cake with Lemon Butter Icing

A tangy lemon curd and lemon frosting make this layer cake special. Serve at a spring brunch or enjoy with your afternoon tea or coffee.

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11. Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cake Roll

While pies may be the highlight of most Thanksgiving spreads, this gluten-free pumpkin cake roll with cream cheese frosting is bound to be a showstopper too. And rolling cake can be way more fun than rolling out pie dough! 

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12. Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Cake

Celebrate fall with a classic autumn combination – caramel and apple. This cake is made from rice flour instead of all-purpose and has a buttery, cinnamon and apple topping.

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13. No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake

After making the mix, sit back and relax as this cake refrigerates. The crust is made from crushed gluten-free graham crackers and butter, while the filling is made from cream cheese, sugar, cream, and lemon. 

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14. World’s Best Fruitcake Ever

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Not all fruitcakes deserve to be mocked, especially this gluten- and refined sugar-free cake. Soaking the fruit part of this cake in triple sec, port, and brandy ensures that it’s moist and flavorful, not dry or tasteless.

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15. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

Made with pumpkin butter and drizzled with a brown sugar penuche frosting, this Bundt cake is certainly indulgent. A small slice goes well with a hot cup of tea or a cold glass of milk.

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16. Perfect Pound Cake

Pound cakes are one of the most versatile cakes. They’re just as delicious served plain as they are grilled and topped with fresh fruit and frozen yogurt. This recipe calls for almond extract, but feel free to use your own favorite flavoring like vanilla or lemon.

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17. Gluten-Free Marble Cake

If deciding between chocolate and vanilla cake is just too hard, then it’s time for you to try marble cake. And while this recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, it doesn’t lack in taste.

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18. Gluten-Free Zucchini Cake

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If you’ve got zucchini, whip up this cake and top it off with dairy-free cream cheese frosting. Or, use the same recipe and make cupcakes instead.

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19. Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake

This cake is best described as four layers of gluten-free happiness. While the number of ingredients may seem intimidating, the scrumptious coconut and pecan filling is definitely worth the extra effort.  

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20. Fresh Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

When strawberries are in season, bake this pink-tinted cake. It’s simple to make, thanks to a gluten-free yellow cake mix and strawberry-flavored gelatin powder.

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21. Flourless Chocolate Cake with Ganache

If you’re looking for the perfect cake to serve at your next formal gathering, your search is over. Melted bittersweet dark chocolate is combined with butter, sugar, eggs, and cocoa powder and then it’s baked in the oven and drizzled with dark chocolate ganache.

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22. Gluten-Free Rainbow Layer Cake

When a cake looks like a pastel rainbow, you know it’s going to be a crowd pleaser. The good thing is this cake is pretty and tasty. Don’t be surprised when your kids start requesting it for their birthday year after year! 

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