Gluten-free red velvet cake

The classic cake gets a makeover in this gluten-free red velvet cake recipe.

Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cake

Gluten-free red velvet cake recipe
Ingredients for Red Velvet Cake

1 cup plus 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
3/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1-1/4 teaspoons xanthan gum
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
4 eggs
1 bottle (1 ounce) McCormick Red Food Color
1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
1 cup buttermilk

Ingredients for Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar


Preheat oven to 350 F. For the Cake, grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with oil. Coat with each pan with 1 teaspoon of the cocoa powder. Set aside. Mix remaining 1 cup cocoa powder, cornstarch, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.

Beat granulated sugar and oil in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add melted chocolate; mix well. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Stir food color and vanilla into buttermilk. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

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For the Frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, sour cream and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Fill and frost cooled cake with Frosting.

Tips for the gluten-free red velvet cake
  • Read labels of all recipe ingredients to ensure all are gluten-free.
  • No buttermilk? Use this simple substitute. Place 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice in liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk to measure 1 cup. Let stand 5 minutes.
  • For best results, do not open oven door during first 40 minutes of baking so cake can rise properly.

Serves 16

(per serving)
Calories: 554 Cholesterol: 71mg
Sodium: 226mg Protein: 5g
Total Fat: 26g Fiber: 3g Carbohydrate: 75g

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