The BEST Gluten-Free Espresso Cake (1 Bowl!)


Plate with a slice of gluten-free dairy-free cinnamon swirl coffee cake

Brunch lovers, REJOICE! We got down to make a espresso cake even your gluten-loving, dairy-obsessed pals would adore, and we expect we’ve accomplished it. This espresso cake is extremely FLUFFY, completely candy, full of cinnamon, undetectably gluten-free, and simply SO scrumptious!

It’s the perfect cake to serve at brunch, together with your morning espresso or afternoon tea, or actually for any event. Made in simply 1 bowl for simple cleanup, we’ve got a sense it’ll be your new go-to! Get your espresso brewing and let’s make some cake!

Brown sugar, cane sugar, gluten-free flour blend, eggs, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, vegan butter, and almond flour

We’ve accomplished gluten-free espresso cake earlier than (displays A and B), however this time is completely different. It’s drop-your-mic, call-your-mom, scream-from-the-rooftops good. It’s we-should-retire-and-stop-posting-new-recipes-because-nothing’s-going-to-be-better good. Sure, that good (don’t fear, cease crying, we aren’t truly leaving you)!

Okay, sufficient teasing — we could present you make it? This espresso cake begins with beating the sugar and vegan butter to begin off on a tremendous FLUFFY notice.

Whipping cane sugar and vegan butter in a mixing bowl

Subsequent we add eggs, which construct on the fluffy texture whereas additionally making certain it has the excellent quantity of crumb with out being crumbly! Then we spherical out the moist components with dairy-free yogurt, which provides moisture with out watering down the combination.

In case you thought we had been accomplished with fluffiness, suppose once more! Baking powder provides much more rise.

Whipping coffee cake batter in a glass bowl

The ultimate superheroes on this gluten-free espresso cake batter? A mix of our gluten-free flour mix and almond flour! Whereas the gluten-free mix absorbs the liquids to maintain the cake gentle and provides every chunk some chew, almond flour provides a superbly crumbly texture and lightness to the cake.

The batter is separated by a brown sugar-cinnamon swirl, which provides each taste and visible curiosity. We eat with our eyes first, in spite of everything!

Spreading batter over a cinnamon sugar swirl layer

The ultimate contact is a cinnamon sugar crumble topping with simply sufficient cinnamon to spice it barely.

Sprinkling a crumble topping over the coffee cake batter

We’re SO excited so that you can do this espresso cake! It’s:

Completely candy
Undetectably gluten-free
& SO scrumptious!

It’s excellent for brunch, vacation breakfasts, alongside your morning espresso or afternoon tea, and to share with household and pals!

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Mugs of coffee next to slices of gluten-free coffee cake

Prep Time 15 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 40 minutes

Complete Time 55 minutes

Servings 16 (Slices)

Course Brunch, Dessert

Delicacies Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Freezer Pleasant 1 month

Does it maintain? 2-3 Days

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  • 1 ½ Tbsp brown sugar (guarantee natural if vegan)
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon


  • 1/2 cup MB 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour Mix*
  • 1/4 cup softened vegan butter (we like Miyoko’s // dairy butter works if not vegan/dairy-free)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar (guarantee natural if vegan)
  • 2 tsp floor cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Preheat your oven to 350 levels F (176 C) and line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Put aside.
  • CAKE BATTER: To a medium mixing bowl, add the cane sugar and softened vegan butter. Utilizing an electrical mixer, beat on medium/excessive pace till gentle and fluffy. Subsequent, add eggs and beat till pale yellow and fluffy. Add dairy-free yogurt and blend once more. Lastly, add gluten-free flour, almond flour, baking powder, and sea salt and blend till absolutely integrated. The batter will likely be very thick — someplace between cake batter and cookie dough.
  • Unfold half of the batter on the underside of your parchment-lined baking pan and sprinkle the highest with 1 ½ Tbsp of brown sugar and 1 ½ tsp cinnamon. Unfold the remaining batter on prime of the cinnamon sugar, scraping the bowl clear.

  • TOPPING: To the identical (now empty) mixing bowl, add the gluten-free flour, vegan butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt and blend on low pace till absolutely mixed. It ought to look crumbly.

  • Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly excessive of the espresso cake. Bake for 38-42 minutes, till a toothpick inserted comes out clear with just a few crumbs left on the toothpick. Let cool within the pan for quarter-hour earlier than eradicating and cooling for one more 15. Get pleasure from heat or at room temperature.

  • Retailer leftover espresso cake in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 2-3 days. To freeze, place cake slices in an hermetic container and freeze for as much as 1 month. Let come to room temperature to defrost.

*For a vegan model, try our 1-Bowl Vegan Espresso Cake (GF, Oil-Free).
*We examined with coconut sugar and whereas it really works, we a lot most well-liked the cane sugar model. The cane sugar yielded a lightweight, fluffy texture and a superbly candy taste.
*Our DIY GF Flour Mix additionally works on this recipe, but it surely’s a little bit crumbly. Retailer-bought blends (akin to Bob’s Purple Mill 1:1 GF Baking Flour) would additionally probably work however will most likely be a bit crumbly.
*Diet data is a tough estimate.

Serving: 1 slice Energy: 221 Carbohydrates: 26.3 g Protein: 2.4 g Fats: 12.5 g Saturated Fats: 7.9 g Polyunsaturated Fats: 0.8 g Monounsaturated Fats: 1.9 g Trans Fats: 0 g Ldl cholesterol: 23 mg Sodium: 273 mg Potassium: 95 mg Fiber: 1.3 g Sugar: 14.3 g Vitamin A: 38 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 65 mg Iron: 0.9 mg


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