Have the happiest birthday with soft and moist vanilla bean flecked cake with vanilla bean buttercream frosting!

Gluten Free Vanilla Bean CakeSweet baby Caitlyn turns 2 years old this month! In fact this weekend was my actual due date with her, and of course all 3 of my kids taught me the philosophy of a “due month” to the max and this little one arrived 2 weeks later πŸ˜‰ Caitlyn is my sweet rainbow baby, surprising us with joy in a season of life that I could barely pick myself up to go on. Her name, Caitlyn Faith means pure, trusting faith, and every day that I was pregnant with her, her name gave me confidence things would be ok.

Gluten Free Vanilla Bean CakeCaitlyn is a third baby to the core, super laid back, goes with the flow in our big kid schedules, and always has a smile on her face. I kind of feel like I blinked and she turned two, and I find myself staring at her sweet baby curls savoring every moment of her ending babyhood.

Gluten Free Vanilla Bean CakeWe celebrated Caitlyn’s birthday this weekend since her actual birthday falls just before school starts. I found some beautiful vanilla beans at a local shop and decided they were perfect for cake! There’s really nothing like using real vanilla bean in your baking. Those little flecks of vanilla bean pack an amazing vanilla flavor profile!

Gluten Free Vanilla Bean CakeI kept things super simple since I am not even close to a baker – and even further away from a cake decorator! I think the elegant simplicity of vanilla beans worked well with my keep it simple theme. This cake really would be perfect for an occasion and any age big or small.

Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Cake And, oh the flavor! And the texture! Super soft and moist with a real vanilla flavor!

So here’s to the “terrific two’s!” I’m in for a *busy* year so I might just go celebrate making it this far with an extra slice of cake tonight πŸ˜‰

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Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Cake

Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com
Have the happiest birthday with soft and moist vanilla bean flecked cake with vanilla bean buttercream frosting!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings





  • Butter two 8 inch cake pan rounds, and fit parchment paper to the bottom of each pan sticking to the butter.
  • Blend the wet ingredients (milk, eggs, sugar, butter, vinegar, vanilla bean, vanilla extract, and almond extract) in a large mixing bowl for a couple minutes until well combined.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (the dry ingredients) right into the bowl, and blend to combine until creamy.
  • Divide the batter between the 2 cake pans evenly and bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Let the cakes cool about 20 minutes before taking them out to cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack.
  • Once the cakes are cooled completely, you can frost them. Just blend the vanilla bean frosting ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl until well combined and frost your cake how you want.
Keyword gluten-free vanilla cake, gluten-free vanilla cake recipe, vanilla buttercream
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  1. That cake is so so beautiful~ the cake and the frosting! And I agree- the vanilla bean specks are so subtle and yet so powerfully delicious!! Well worth it. What a happy celebration.

  2. Happy Early Birthday sweet girl … you’re so lucky to have a mommy that loves you so much and makes super beautiful cakes too. Okay, so that was really to Cait, but Renee … this cake is so lovely. And that frosting, yes please! I love how thick it is, I’m a huge frosting fan. Looks like you had a lovely little party.

    1. Hi Reema! I think flax or chia eggs will work for the bind but the cake will probably not rise quite as much as the eggs not only bind but help with the rise. I should still work though!

    1. Hi Melissa! Grain free cakes are tough but do-able. Coconut flour is super dry and absorbs everything. It really would be a totally different recipe. I would recommend just searching out google for some grain free cake ideas if that is what you need to do πŸ™‚ I have a first birthday cupcake that is grain free if you search in the search bar it should come up πŸ™‚

  3. Do you think a pre mixed gluten free flour blend would work ok in this. I am new to gluten free baking and have just started trying out the simple truth organic gluten free all purpose baking mix which includes white rice flour,corn starch corn flour, tapioca starch, cream of tarter,sea salt,guar and locust bean gums and sodium bicarbonate.

  4. 2 cups butter for the icing seems like a lot, it’s a full pound. Is that correct? I am so looking forward to making this cake!

  5. Hi Just wondering what the result would be to use white rice flour instead of brown rice flour? My son is on a grain free diet temporarily, exception white rice occasionally to try and get some health issues under control. (So far we are having great results!) I’d love to try and stick to this diet even for his birthday but would love to try something other than an almond or coconut flour based baked good! This classic birthday cake looks awesome! I’m newer to Gf/grain free baking and don’t want a flop especially in from of the inlaws. πŸ˜‰

    1. Hi Erin! I think that would be fine. Brown Rice flour sometimes leaves a softer finish but I think in this kind of baked good it should be fine! Happy birthday to your son!

  6. I used this recipe this last weekend for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party! It was a hit!! No one belived that I had actually made the whole thing myself! Thank you, I have left overs and am loving it!

  7. I read the comments and you said using a gluten free flour blend will be fine. The one I have , has brown rice flour, tapioca starch, arrowroot powder, and xanthan gum in it. How much do I use in place of all the separate ingredients you have listed? Thanks!