Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake

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Moist gluten free red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting is absolutely stunning! Three gluten free red velvet cake layers, filled and frosted with creamy frosting in a romantic rose pattern. The traditional gluten free red velvet cake is moist with hints of cocoa and vanilla. The perfect “WOW!” dessert for Valentine’s Day, or any day.

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting| Easy layer cake with rose swirl tutorial.

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake

I’ve been super excited to share this with you! Layer cakes may seem scary or hard, but they really aren’t. There are a few tricks to success but once you try it, it isn’t that tricky. It isn’t as hard as you’d think to make a stunning layer cake like this, and I’m going to show you how.

I’m a big fan of red velvet cake. I made gluten-free red velvet cupcakes the first Valentine’s day that I was married. In my tiny itty bitty apartment. Then I found out my new husband wasn’t a fan of cream cheese frosting…

First you start with the cake. Moist gluten-free red velvet cake batter is made with the traditional vinegar and cocoa which lends a reddish-brown hue to the cake. Of course we help the red along with some food coloring to make it more vibrant, but the chemical reaction between the vinegar, baking soda, and cocoa is how the cake got its name.

Don’t Be Scared of the Layers

I like to bake the gluten-free red velvet cake layers the day before I assemble the cake. That gives them plenty of time to cool. The batter is super easy to make, just measure all the ingredients and mix! I baked it into 3 layers, but you could do 2 if you want.

Once they are baked pop them in the freezer to chill, and then trim them to make the top level and even. It is so much easier and less messy to do this if the cake is frozen.

On to the Cream Cheese Frosting

The cream cheese frosting only has 4 ingredients (5 if you count the vanilla.) Super easy to make, you just have to whip all the ingredients together. Whipping the butter and cream cheese first helps to incorporate more air into the frosting, making it creamy and easier to spread.

This cream cheese frosting gave me plenty to frost the cake very liberally and I still had a extra. Better to have extra frosting than not enough! You can use the extra on a few Gluten-Free Red Velvet Mug Cakes. Or if you aren’t planning on doing the rose swirls and want a more moderately frosted cake (more cake than frosting) then make the frosting with 8oz of cream cheese, 4 oz of butter, and 24 oz of powdered sugar.

I loaded the frosting into a piping bag with a large round tip to make it easier to apply it to the cake. Place the bottom cake layer on your serving plate and put a big swirl of frosting on the top of the layer.

Use a spatula to spread the frosting evenly over the the layer, and out over the edge slightly.

Top with the next layer and repeat. Then repeat again.

Cover the sides using the frosting that you pushed out over the edge. You just need a thin layer, this is your “crumb coat” which prevents crumbs from getting into the finished cake, and helps you to just have a smooth cake canvas to start with. Once your crumb coat is on put your cake in the fridge or freezer for the frosting to set.

I loaded some more of the frosting into a piping bag with a large drop flower tip. You could also use a star tip.

Starting in the center of the cake make the rose swirls. Hold the bag perpendicular to the cake and starting in the center swirl outwards. Continue to make frosting swirls working from the center of the cake….


working out down the sides of the cake.

It doesn’t have to be perfect! It will taste good no matter what.

The sides of my cake were a mess, but you can’t tell. It just looks yum!

Now Bake your Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake!

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake
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Moist gluten-free red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting is absolutely stunning! 3 gluten-free red velvet cake layers, filled and frosted with creamy frosting in a romantic rose pattern. The traditional gluten-free red velvet cake is moist with hints of cocoa and vanilla. The perfect "WOW!" dessert for Valentine's Day, or any day.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Serves 8-10
For the Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder (0.75 ounces by weight)
  • 1¼ cups white sugar (9.5 ounces by weight)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1½ cupsGluten Free Flour Blend (8.25 ounces by weight)
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • ½ – 1 tsp red food coloring
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  • (2) 8 ounce packages Cream Cheese, softened
  • (2) 4 oz sticks butter, softened (1 cup)
  • 3 lbs (48 oz) powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 3, 9 inch round cake pans and line them with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. In a large liquid measuring cup mix together all the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between the 3 pans (approx 1 cup per pan) and bake until a toothpick poked near the center of the cake comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Cool before frosting with cream cheese frosting.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Using a stand mixer or electric hand beaters beat the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy (5 minutes) add the milk or cream, powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth (additional 3 minutes.)
Bake for 30-35 minutes if you are doing 2 layers instead of 3



  1. says

    Oh my gosh, this is the most gorgeous red velvet cake I’ve ever seen. These tips on how to ice it, is awesome. I didn’t realize you should freeze layers first or freeze/cool it before putting a final icing layer on. Thanks for the advice. I’m going to try making for my kids’ birthday.

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      It is so much easier to frost if everything is cold. Good luck Jessica, I hope your kids love it!

  2. Katherine Gomez says

    My niece wanted a red velvet cake for her birthday. Thank you for this post it taste delicious. I am not an expert on red velvet cake but everyone agreed this cake is yummy. I used a flour that already contained xantham gum so I left it out of the mix.

  3. kim Gillie says

    This is DELISH and so very easy. I used Coconut sugar instead of white sugar and loved the result.

    One question – I only have about 1 cup of rice flour left at the moment but I have plenty of Gluten Free Flour in the pantry, Can I use this instead? Or a combination of the two?


    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      Hi Kim!
      This recipe calls for a gluten free all purpose flour (I used my gluten free rice flour blend) and NOT straight rice flour. So yes, use your gluten free flour. I just avoid gluten free flours that are garbanzo bean based (since the bake differently) and if there is xanthan gum in your blend already be sure to omit it from the recipe.
      Happy Baking!

      • Kim says

        Hi Brianna,

        Whoops! I interpreted that as straight rice flour and was only able to find white rice flour (i assumed the blend meant white and brown combo). It actually turned out great – very light and fluffy! I’ll go for regular Gluten Free Flour Blend this time 🙂


        • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

          Hi Kim!
          Sorry for the misinterpretation! “rice flour blend” was linked to the page where I had my gluten free rice flour blend that I use as gluten free flour. At the time I developed this recipe I hadn’t found a gluten free AP blend that I recommended (but I since have found several that I LOVE and am able to use interchangeably in my recipes.)
          I am glad that it still turned out great! I think it will be even better if you use an AP blend that has some starch in it too.
          Happy Baking!

  4. says

    Wow this look amazing! And I love how its gluten free as well! This is perfect for valentines day as its coming up! Thanks for sharing!

  5. guna says

    I made the cake following the instructions to the letter. It might be European taste pallet, but this cake is so very overly sweet, it was impossible to actually eat it. Even my kids refused to eat more than one fork-full. Are the sugar amounts right??? Plus the total amount of all ingredients for the frosting gives so much frosting it was again too much and too sweet (and I used 9 inches cake form).

    • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

      Hi Guna,
      From what I know from my husband living in Europe, most cakes are not very sweet on that side of the ocean. The sugar amounts in the cake and the frosting are correct, but are tailored to the sweetness of American red velvet cakes.
      To make the cake to your liking, try decreasing the sugar.
      The frosting recipe will make some extra frosting. Depending on how a cake is frosted, more or less frosting will be needed. I always prefer to have excess frosting to save for later, instead of running out and having to make another batch. I wanted to make sure that there was plenty of frosting for those who like to apply it generously.

  6. kerrie says

    Would live your recommendation for best alternative to potato starch for this recipe? I have to make potato and egg free.
    Thanks in advance

      • kerrie says

        Hi Brianna, thank you for your reply. I am very happy with the red velvet cake recipe. I substituted arrowroot for potato starch and used flaxseed to replace the eggs as you recommend. I used a shortening based buttercream to decorate as a dairy free option. As a cake decorater this will be my preferred recipe from now on!

        • flippindeliciousflippindelicious says

          Hi Kerrie,
          I am so happy that you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for letting me know how it turned out. -Brianna


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