What is used in Gluten-Free Cakes?

When it comes to baking gluten-free cakes, it's important to understand the key ingredients that are commonly used in these recipes. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, so gluten-free cakes require alternative ingredients to achieve the right texture and flavor. Whether it's a delicious Pavlova adorned with tropical fruits or a rich Free from Gluten Chocolate Cake, these alternatives can be just as delicious! 


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1. Gluten-Free Flour

The most crucial ingredient in gluten-free cakes is the flour. Common gluten-free flours include almond flour, coconut flour, rice flour, and tapioca flour. These flours provide the necessary structure and texture to the cake without the presence of gluten.

2. Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum

To mimic the binding properties of gluten, xanthan gum or guar gum is often added to gluten-free cake recipes. These ingredients help hold the cake together and prevent it from crumbling apart.

3. Eggs

Eggs are another essential ingredient in gluten-free cakes. They provide moisture, structure, and help the cake rise properly. Eggs also contribute to the overall richness and flavor of the cake.


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4. Dairy or Non-Dairy Milk

Depending on dietary preferences, dairy or non-dairy milk can be used in gluten-free cake recipes. Our Vegan and Free from Gluten Coconut Chocolate Cake, for example uses coconut milk! Milk adds moisture to the cake batter and helps create a tender crumb texture.

5. Sweeteners

Common sweeteners used in gluten-free cakes include sugar, honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. These sweeteners not only add sweetness but also contribute to the overall flavor profile of the cake.

By understanding the key ingredients used in gluten-free cakes, you can confidently experiment with different recipes and create delicious treats that are safe for individuals with gluten sensitivities. Whether you're baking for yourself or a loved one, gluten-free cakes can be just as tasty and satisfying as their traditional counterparts.

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