Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free Coffee Cake

I made this coffee cake on a whim today, and boy, am I glad I did! Coffee cake has always been kind of 'eh' to me, but this? Wow! It's that good. I promise, it's the only coffee cake recipe you'll ever need.

3/4 Cup Earth Balance
1 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/2 Cup Gluten Free, All-Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Xanthan Gum
1/2 Cup Almond Milk, Rice Milk, or Coconut Milk

3/4 Cup Earth Balance
1/3 Cup Gluten Free, All-Purpose Flour
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon

Working from the first set of ingredients, add the Earth Balance to the bowl of your stand mixer, and cream together with the sugar. {Alternately, use a medium mixing bowl and hand mixer.}
Add eggs, beating again to combine.
Add flour, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum to your mixing bowl and beat again.
Incorporate milk, using a low speed to prevent the milk from splashing over the side.
Pour the batter into a greased 7x11 baking dish, and set aside. {You could also use a square dish.}

Working from the second set of ingredients, add Earth Balance, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a small mixing bowl.
Using a pastry cutter or a potato masher, cut the ingredients in until they're well combined.
Using your hands, spread the cinnamon mixture over the batter in the baking dish. Don't worry about covering the entire surface of the batter. Gaps are ok.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, until the center feels springy to the touch and the cake is set.


  1. I'd love to try this recipe..but I have to cut out the Xantham Gum..will that make a big difference? Where do you get your butter? for me that would you 2 tubs of the stuff I can use..that's costly.

    1. I cannot use xanthan gum either and have always replaced it with equal amounts of guar gum in all of Christina's recipes and it turns out just fine.

  2. You could very likely omit the xanthan gum without any trouble in this recipe. It's a very moist cake! I haven't worked with it personally, but you might also consider guar gum.

    I buy Earth Balance Soy Free spread from a local grocer. Yes--it's costly. I tend to turn a blind eye for a special treat when friends are in town ;)

    As an alternative, what about coconut oil in place of EB in the cake portion of the recipe??

  3. We made this cake last night and it was delicious! One of the best cakes I've ever had!


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