Gluten-free spice cake in pan with cream cheese frosting.

Gluten-Free Spice Cake

Easy and moist gluten-free spice cake.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 2 cups Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour (10 ounces; 285 grams)
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar (5 1/2 ounces; 158 grams)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (5 1/2 ounces; 158 grams)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup canola or other vegetable oil (5 1/4 ounces; 148 grams)
  • 4 large eggs (out of shell, about 8 ounces; 226 grams)
  • 1/3 cup water (2 2/3 ounces; 75 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (4 ounces; 113 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened (2 ounces; 56 grams)
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted (8 ounces; 226 grams)


  1. Heat the oven and prepare the pan. Preheat oven to 350° Grease a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

  2. Make the batter. Whisk together the flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove. Add the oil, eggs, water, and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.

    Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans.

  3. Bake until set. Bake until golden brown. A toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out clean, about 40 minutes.

  4. Cool and frost. Allow cake to cool in the pan. When cool, frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

  5. Cream Cheese Frosting

  6. Combine cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Cream until light and smooth. Add powdered sugar. Mix until smooth. Spread on cooled cake.

Recipe Notes

Other Pan Sizes

Round Layer Cake: Use two greased 8-inch round cake pans. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Double cream cheese frosting recipe when making a round layer cake.

Cupcakes: This makes about 24 standard cupcakes. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full.  Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcakes comes out clea, about 20 minutes.