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Red velvet cake is comprised of fluffy chocolate flavoured sponge layered (or topped with) a sweet cream cheese frosting. Food dye is added to create the crimson/scarlet colour we associate with red velvet cakes and cupcakes.

Gluten Free Red Velvet Loaf Cake

Gluten Free Mummy
A crimson coloured, tender, light and fluffy, chocolate flavoured gluten free loaf cake, topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert


  • 75 g butter
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp good quality red food colouring ensure it's gluten free
  • 15 g cocoa powder sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125 ml buttermilk
  • 175 g gluten free self raising flour blend sifted
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 150 g butter softened
  • 150 g icing sugar sifted
  • 300 g full fat cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 170ºC fan. Line a 2lb loaf tin with a loaf tin liner.
  • In a stand mixer, or using a handheld electric whisk, beat together the butter and sugar until very soft and fluffy, and paler in colour.
  • Add the eggs and beat again.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the red food colouring and vanilla extract to form a paste.
  • Add to the butter mixture and beat until the mixture is evenly coloured.
  • Slowly beat in the cocoa powder.
  • Beat in half of the buttermilk and beat, then half of the flour and beat again.
  • Add in the remaining buttermilk and beat. Then add in the remaining flour and beat.
  • Add the bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, xanthan gum and vinegar. Beat again briefly until everything is smooth and incorporated well.
  • Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Beat the butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy (approx. 5 minutes).
  • Add in the full-fat cream cheese and beat for about a minute, until smooth. Using a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and then beat for another minute, or until you have achieved a thick and smooth, creamy frosting.
Keyword cake, gluten free, loaf, red velvet