Published On: Mon, Apr 12th, 2021

Gluten-free coffee cake

This easy gluten-free coffee cake by the National Trust is perfect for coffee lovers or those wanting to perk up their afternoon.

Moist sponge and thick frosting makes this an indulgent coffee treat that can be enjoyed with your favourite cuppa!

Gluten-free coffee cake by the National Trust

Coffee cake ©National Trust Images, William Shaw

Gluten-free coffee cake

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12


For the cake

  • 350 g margarine or butter
  • 350 g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 10 g instant coffee granules
  • 350 g gluten free self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum

For the frosting

  • 150 g margarine or butter
  • 300 g icing sugar
  • 10 g coffee granules
  • 5 g cocoa powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°c, and lightly grease the inside of the two cake tins and line with non-stick baking paper.

For the cake

  1. Place the margarine or butter and sugar into a bowl and cream together until fully combined, light and fluffy.

  2. Add the eggs and beat well until smooth.

  3. Dissolve the coffee granules in a tablespoon of boiling water and allow to cool slightly.

  4. Add the flour, xanthan gum and coffee to the creamed butter and sugar and mix gently until smooth.

  5. Divide the mix between your two cake tins and place in the oven for 30 minutes until risen and a skewer inserted come out clean. Allow to cool.

For the frosting

  1. Dissolve the coffee into a tablespoon of boiling water and allow to cool.

  2. Place the margarine or butter, icing sugar and cooled coffee into a bowl and beat until smooth and fluffy.

  3. Sandwich the cakes together with a layer of frosting, and then use the remaining frosting to cover the sides and top of the cake.

  4. Sprinkle the top of the finished cake with cocoa powder and serve.

Recipe Notes

This cake uses two 9 inch or 23cm cake tins.

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