When it comes to having a celebration, cake is the number one go to food, right? But when you’re gluten and dairy-free, enjoying cake is sometimes difficult. When you go to a birthday party, it’s not always easy to pick up a slice of cake and enjoy it without having to face tummy troubles or feeling terrible later.
When you’re gluten and dairy free or when you have someone in your family who’s eating a diet without these ingredients, it’s really important to have a gluten-free dairy-free cake recipe in your back pocket. So you – or whoever you know or love is gluten and dairy-free – can still enjoy celebrating with cake when the time comes up.
While it’s really important to have one of these recipes in your back pocket, sometimes life can get in the way. Sometimes you don’t have time to make a cake from scratch. Or frankly, if you’re like me, sometimes you just don’t really feel like doing everything the hard way or time-intensive way.
Sometimes you just want one go-to product that you can buy at the store and make your life 10 times easier.
For me, that’s especially true around birthday times because when it comes time to celebrate a birthday, I know I need to put a cake out there, but at the same time, who’s got time to bake from scratch when there’s balloons to buy and a house to clean??
It’s nice to have a gluten-free dairy-free cake mix as a backup plan – or if you’re like me, probably in all-the-time plan.
With all of that said, for all of those busy and celebratory times in your life, I’ve rounded up my five best picks of gluten-free dairy-free cake mixes. These are all great for birthday parties, anniversaries, get-togethers or any holidays that maybe you make cake or cupcakes for.
Before we get to the list, let’s make sure we have a few questions answered.
Are cake mixes dairy-free?
Most popular cake mixes contain some form of dairy in their mixes in the form of dried nonfat milk or other hidden sources of dairy.
You will know if a cake mix contains dairy if there is a note at the bottom of the ingredients list that says “Contains Milk Ingredients.”
Are cake mixes vegan?
Most cake mixes are not vegan, as there is some form of dairy included in the ingredients. You will find a list of vegan gluten-free cake mixes at the bottom of this post.
In this list of gluten and dairy-free cakes, there are both vanilla and chocolate flavored cake mixes, and some of these brands have both options. What you see here might not be all they offer – just what I’m sharing here for simplicity’s sake.
Here are my 5 best gluten-free dairy-free cake mix picks.
Simple Mills offers a delicious and nutrient dense cake mix made from almond flour as the main ingredient. Not only does it taste great, but it’s naturally gluten-free and dairy-free. All you need to do to make up your cake is add eggs, oil, water, and vanilla. So easy!
While some of Pamela’s products are not dairy-free, this chocolate cake is! it is labeled as non-dairy, meaning there may be some room for cross contamination, but does not specifically include dairy as an ingredient. Enjoy this delicious gluten-free dairy-free cake mix in either chocolate or vanilla.
This cupcake and cake mix by Vegan Knife is a little on the higher end of the price range for my Top picks for cake mixes, but it’s not only gluten and dairy-free, but also nut and egg-free as well.
If you’re avoiding more than just a few foods, this might be a great choice for you! All that’s needed to make up 12 cupcakes is almond milk, canola or coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
This Bob’s Red Mill vanilla yellow cake mix is both gluten and dairy-free. It comes in both vanilla and chocolate, and is made with just eggs, vegetable oil, and water. This mix couldn’t be easier for those of us who want to stick to our gluten and dairy-free diet and enjoy a slice of cake once in a while!
Katz offers some really delicious gluten-free products, and this gluten and dairy-free cake mix is no exception. It’s full of flavor, and comes in chocolate fudge and vanilla flavors. All you need to prepare the cake mix are eggs, oil, and water. Super simple for the next event you need to bring a cake to!
Vegan Cake Mix and Baking Mixes
One thing I often get asked about when it comes to gluten and dairy-free baking is where to find a vegan cake mix?
Many of the cake mixes listed here in this roundup are in fact made with vegan ingredients. The ones here that are vegan cake mixes are:
- Simple Mills Almond Flour Vanilla Cake Mix
- The Vegan Knife Gluten-free & Vegan Cupcake and Cake Mix
- Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Vanilla Yellow Cake Mix
- Katz Gluten-free Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
The reason they aren’t marketed as vegan cake mix is that they often call for eggs in the recipe. While it’s not necessarily called for in the recipe, you can make substitutes to make the cake vegan by swapping out eggs for flax eggs, chia eggs, mashed banana, or even applesauce. You can easily make gluten-free and vegan cake or cupcakes using these box mixes.
Where can I get dairy-free frosting?
There are a few options when it comes to dairy-free frosting. You can make it from scratch at home. I have rounded up a few great recipes starting at #92 on my gluten and dairy-free cakes recipe roundup.
You can also buy dairy-free frosting from the store or get it online. There are a few popular name brands that are completely dairy-free and are easy to find at most stores. Read my dairy-free frosting brands post to get the details.
I hope you enjoy this roundup of my top 5 gluten-free dairy-free cake mix picks. Next time you need a little helping hand getting a cake out there for a birthday party or get-together, keep one of these in your pantry so you’re prepared!