Velvety soft cake and gluten free seem contradictory – good thing we’ve cracked the code to the BEST gluten free and vegan red velvet cake. Layers deep red chocolate, vanilla, espresso and buttermilk flavoured cake, dark chocolate ganache, and our classic cream cheese frosting. Let’s get baking!
The BEST Gluten Free and Vegan Red Velvet Cake – EVER!
Yes, we absolutely mean that. This red velvet cake puts all gluten free and vegan (and even butter and wheat laden) cakes to SHAME!
Why, you ask? Because of the chemistry of our Cloud Nine Vanilla cake mix, in combination with the epically delicious and complex flavours of a red velvet cake.
Now, red velvet cake is really just an overrated cake with an identity crisis- its not really chocolate, its not really vanilla, its bright red just because. We are not huge fans of the cake, mainly because most people do it WRONG. It can be an incredible and unique cake-xperience if baked properly. It requires time, effort, expensive ingredients, love, and patience. But when done right, this cake can be queen.
Gluten free and soft velvety cake really don’t go together, do they? But in this cake, that grainy cardboard taste of gluten free is no where to be found. It really is no where in any of our treats.
We filled each layer of cake with our signature cream cheese frosting (blog post on how to make the best cream cheese frosting coming VERY soon), dark chocolate ganache, and macadamia nuts. The nuts are totally optional (we see you nut – free friends), but they do add a lovely crunch and depth of richness… because this cake just isn’t rich enough on its own!! (Kidding, this cake is a alot). We then top the whole thing off with more cream cheese frosting, a white chocolate drip, and gold pearls. This is a fancy cake, so it deserve to wear gold jewels.
You can decorate it however you please. The recipe below will take you through the steps to getting the cake to a beautiful white finish. The video is incredibly helpful for the construction of the cake. Icing tools are ESSENTIAL for this cake: at minimum a cake board, revolving cake stand, a piping bag and offset spatula. A cake scraper is also fantastically helpful to make the perfect flat edge, but you can get away without it. Having the right tools really helps elevate your baking and decorating game… so if you’re truly a DIY King/Queen, you need to outfit your home bakery properly.