Gluten Free Strawberry Vanilla Cake

Leila requested two things for her birthday yesterday.  Fish tacos and pink strawberry cake.  Fish tacos were the easy part.  I have made them countless times and always use this recipe for marinating the fish.  The trickier part was the strawberry cake.  As you know, I’m not much of a baker.  Thankfully, I was able to use the coconut cake recipe that I made for Jeff’s birthday and tweak it a bit to come up with a strawberry vanilla cake for Leila.  The result was a subtly sweet cake with fresh strawberries on top.  Everyone liked it including the birthday girl who kept stealing tastes of the frosting.

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gluten free strawberry vanilla cake

Gluten Free Strawberry Vanilla Cake

5 from 1 vote


  • For the cake:
  • 1 package Bob's Red Mill GF Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water at room temperature
  • 4 strawberries mashed
  • For the frosting:
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. cold water
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 8 strawberries divided


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease two 9-inch cake pans. Line bottom with parchment paper, then grease again.
  • Prepare cake as directed. Add mashed strawberries after mixing and before pouring into pans.
  • Divide batter evenly between two pans, smooth the top with a spatula.
  • Place pans 3 inches apart on middle rack of oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool cakes in pans on wire rack for 15 minutes. Run sharp knife around edges to loosen cakes, then invert onto separate plates to cool completely before frosting.
  • For frosting:
  • In a double boiler over simmering water, beat egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar, and cold water with a portable mixer on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 7 minutes. Stir in 5 mashed strawberries.
  • Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate, topside down, and spread with 1 cup of the frosting. Top with the other cake layer, topside up. Spread the sides and then the top of the cake with the frosting.
  • Arrange remaining strawberries, cut in half, on top.
  • Serve within an hour or refrigerate.


  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 3, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Beautiful photos of your family – happy belated to Leila!

    • inspiredrd April 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you Claire!!

  • Leah @ Kids Kitchen April 3, 2012 at 11:15 am

    5 stars
    Beautiful photos – love the plate of veggies. We usually serve green cabbage with our fish tacos, but love that purple! Yummy birthday requests…gotta love those kids of dietitians!

    • inspiredrd April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Leah. I thought Leila would like the purple cabbage since it’s one of her favorite colors 🙂

  • Amy@HealthyGrits April 3, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    So glad I found your site! Your kids are beautiful, and the food looks incredibly healthy and yummy! As someone studying to be a registered dietitian you (and your children) are true inspirations!

    • inspiredrd April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Amy that is so sweet, thank you! Where are you studying?

  • Tiffany April 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Your fish tacos look soyummy. Cake looks great, too. I haven’t tried it with a Bob’s mix, but I love The Cake Doctor Bakes Gluten Free. You can make pretty much any cake you can dream up with her book and a white gf cake mix.

    • inspiredrd April 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Great suggestion Tiffany! I used to have the original cake mix doctor book. I didn’t know there was a gluten-free one!

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