Coconut Cake
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Gluten-free light and fluffy coconut cake.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
  • ¾ cup rice flour
  • ¾ cup cornstarch, tapioca starch, or potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum
  • ¼ cup sugar (for refined sugar free version skip the sugar and add ¼ cup more honey instead)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil (not coconut butter)
  • ¼ cup butter (note: For dairy free version use coconut butter or olive oil)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup coconut milk (from the carton, not the can)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream (for dairy free version use mayonnaise)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup coconut, lightly toasted (see below recipe for how to toast coconut)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease two 8 inch springform cake pans.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl (rice flour, cornstarch, coconut flour, guar gum, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda). Set aside.
  4. Melt the honey, coconut oil, and butter together in a small saucepan on medium low heat or in the microwave.
  5. While the honey/oil/butter is melting, use your electric mixer to blend together the egg, coconut milk, vanilla extract, sour cream, and apple cider vinegar.
  6. Add the melted honey, coconut oil, and butter. Beat until combined.
  7. Add the dry ingredients and the lightly toasted coconut. Stir until just combined.
  8. Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool the cakes completely before frosting. See below recipe for frosting options.
  11. Sprinkle with more toasted coconut.
  12. Best served the day it is baked, but you can serve it the next day.
Can be made refined sugar free: Simply replace the ¼ cup sugar with ¼ cup honey. Can be made dairy free: Replace the sour cream with mayonnaise and the butter with coconut butter or olive oil. See below for frosting recipes and how to toast coconut.
Recipe by I Am Gluten Free at