Gluten free coffee cake

Gluten free coffee cake

Serves 9-12
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 5 minutes
Allergy Tree Nuts
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack, Starter


  • 2 1/4 c. gluten free flour blend (see below)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg or 3 Tbs. flax meal + 6 Tbs. warm water
  • 1 c. buttermilk or nondairy milk (I used canned coconut milk + 1 Tbs. vinegar)


  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans

flour blend

  • 3/4 c. white rice flour
  • 3/4 c. potato starch
  • 3/4 c. cornstarch
  • 1/4 c. corn flour
  • 1/4 c. tapioca starch
  • 2 tsp. xanathan gum


I found the recipe for the flour blend in the "Nearly Normal Cooking  for Gluten-Free Eating" by Jules Shepard, and it is a nice blend. I've used it here and will try using it in other recipes too.
The recipe has been in my family forever and I have tried to covert it a few times with mixed results. I think I nailed it using the listed flour blend as my base. I hope you enjoy it as my coworkers sure loved it!


1. Mix flour, salt, 1//2 tsp. cinnamon, sugars and oil in a stand mixer until well incorporated.
2. Remove 3/4 c. of this mixture for the topping; to it add chopped pecans (optional) and an additional 1 tsp. of cinnamon. Set aside.
3. Add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x9 or 7x11 pan with nonstick spray.
5. Usint a greased spatula, spoon batter into baking dish. The batter will be sticky, so make sure your spatula is well greased and spread it evenly in the pan.
6. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the batter, pressing down for an even coating (and to help press the batter down evenly in the pan).
7. Bake 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Make sure the batter doesn't jiggle in the pan when you check it, if it does, add 5 more minutes of cooking and check again.
8. Remove from oven and let cool.