Gluten-Free 'Cake Magic!' Cake Mix

January 14, 2019

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

If you'd like to test-drive this base cake mix recipe, here are a couple of the original cake recipes to which you can apply the cake mix: Vanilla Cake and Darkest Chocolate Cake. Reprinted with permission from Cake Magic! (Workman Publishing). Photo by Ken Carlson.

When buttering and flouring your pan(s), any of the flours in this recipe work. Like the book suggests, do not use the mix as the coating for the pans.

Caroline Wright

Food52 Review: Featured in: One Gluten-Free Cake Mix, 100 Possibilities.The Editors

Makes: 4 cups
Prep time: 5 min


  • 3/4 cup tapioca flour, spooned and leveled
  • 3/4 cup arrowroot flour, spooned and leveled
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour, spooned and leveled
  • 3/4 cup almond flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon xantham gum
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine Himalayan sea salt
In This Recipe


  1. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl. Measure ingredients into sieve; sift all ingredients into bowl. Whisk the mix again before measuring.

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Reviews (13) Questions (0)

13 Reviews

Cathy February 9, 2019
Can you give the measurements in weights?
Aria A. January 29, 2019
Ummmm where are the directions?
Jacqueline M. January 29, 2019
Hi! This is "base"dry ingredients only! You can ck out different flavor cakes to see complete recipes! I think we all thought same thing initially!
Aria A. January 29, 2019
Thanks but this is totally confusing. It should be the same format as ALL the recipes are. No one should have to search for another recipe!
Jacqueline M. January 29, 2019
I totally understand.
Donald W. January 17, 2019
I've clicked links, read similar recipes, browsed, etc and haven't found a temp or time for any of the cakes.
Eric K. January 18, 2019
Hi Donald, the very first link in this recipe points to here:<br /><br />"Which says Preheat the oven to 350° F. [BATTER INSTRUCTIONS.] Bake until the layers are domed and golden brown, and a few moist crumbs cling to a skewer inserted in the center of the cake, 35 to 40 minutes (40 to 50 minutes for a Bundt, 25 to 30 minutes for a 13 by 9-inch cake, and 20 to 25 minutes for cupcakes)."<br /><br />Hope that helps.
Jacqueline M. January 14, 2019
I think this is "base" dry ingredient cake mix recipe. If you click on the cake magic, it lists different flavors, to make. I too wondered where "wet" ingredients and all were.
Eric K. January 14, 2019
Thanks Jacqueline! Correct.
nina January 14, 2019
Recipe seems to be missing the complete directions. I'm only seeing step 1?
Bella January 14, 2019
Same here...I only seeing step 1 😑
Eric K. January 14, 2019
Hi there, see Jacqueline's comment above. This is the base cake mix recipe, for which there are multiple possible "cakes," which you can read more about here:
Cassandra M. January 17, 2019
That is inconvenient and very confusing. I'd rather not have to cut and paste and click back and forth for my recipes. Just saying. <br />