This gluten-free spice cake is moist, light and filled with warm spices, including a little kick from fresh ginger. It is dairy-free to and so simple to make.
Make this cake as a 2 or 3-layer tall cake or cut the recipe in half and make an 8 or 9 inch round or 8 inch square.
Gluten-free flour – I know that the trend in gluten-free flours for baking has moved to all-in-one wheat flour replacements. So I developed this recipe using King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten-Free Flour. Cup4Cup (best prices at Target) and Pamela’s Artisan Blend will work well too. All of these are certified gluten-free. I did not test with Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 (not certified GF) since I have had allergic reactions to several of their products.
This recipe also works well with my DIY gluten-free flour mix. The blend contains sorghum, millet and brown rice flours and lends great flavor and texture to gluten-free cakes, cupcakes and muffins. For the recipe and more info on making your own gluten-free flour mix, check out my post on gluten-free flour mixes and blends. I highly recommend making your own flour mix. It can be a huge cost-saver!
I use dairy-free milk substitutes – almond, coconut (not canned), oat, soy will all work. Just be sure to use an unsweetened one.
Fresh grated ginger gives this cake a nice kick of spice. I prefer the flavor from fresh ginger, but if you don’t have fresh, dried ground ginger will work too. Here is my quick tutorial on how to peel and grate fresh ginger.
Gluten-free spices – I include cinnamon, clove and nutmeg in addition to the ginger. You can replace all of them with an equal part of pumpkin pie spice. The best source for spices is Spicely Organics. Their whole line of spices is certified gluten-free and of excellent quality.
NOTE: If baking at high altitude. I recommend King Arthur Baking for excellent guidance on this subject and many more baking issues.
Cake Frosting Recipes
This spice cake is perfect frosted with this gorgeous sweet potato frosting without powdered sugar (no cane sugar at all), pipeable cream cheese frosting or a vanilla buttercream frosting. I also topped this cake with spicy candied walnuts for a perfect crunchy accent.
More Gluten and Dairy-Free Cakes
Do you love cinnamon and pumpkin spice? Try my special gluten-free, dairy-free ginger cupcakes, gluten-free dairy-free carrot cake cupcakes that will knock your socks off, gluten-free cinnamon crumb cake, and my gluten-free dairy-free pumpkin bread recipe!