Low-FODMAP Vanilla Cupcakes or Layer Cake Recipe; Gluten-free, Dairy-free

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Every chef needs a go-to recipe for vanilla (yellow) cake or cupcakes.  This is the perfect gluten-free and low-FODMAP Vanilla Cake recipe for you.

(If you are looking for a shortcut to have this amazing cake, try my low-FODMAP Happy Baking Vanilla Cake Mix instead!)

These moist low-FODMAP Vanilla Cupcakes are perfect with any style of frosting- try one of my low-FODMAP frosting recipes for low-FODMAP Raspberry Buttercream, low-FODMAP Chocolate Buttercream, low-FODMAP Salted Caramel Buttercream or low-FODMAP Vanilla Buttercream.

These are so pretty and will be a hit at any party!

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Rachel Pauls, MD

Low-FODMAP Vanilla Cupcakes or Yellow Layer Cake; Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Although this recipe has not been tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients

Serves 12 cupcakes (approximately, you may have 1 or 2 more)

Double this low-FODMAP recipe for a layer cake (serves 24)

Prep time: 15 min with cooling

Bake time:

  • For cupcakes: 18-25 min
  • For a layer cake (this recipe makes one layer cake, double for a 2 layer cake)
    • Bake: 35-45 minutes for a 9 or 8 inch round cake pan, respectively
  • As oven temperatures vary, check about 5 minutes prior to suggested time so the cakes don’t overbake

Bake 350 F

Adapted from “Gluten-free Baking Classics, Second Edition” Annalise G Roberts



  • Preheat oven to 350°F and place rack in middle of oven
  • Place cupcake baking liners in 12–cupcake baking pan or grease with vegetable shortening
  • Beat sugar and eggs in large bowl of electric mixer with flat paddle or whisk at medium speed
  • Add low-FODMAP, gluten-free flour, salt, baking powder, xanthan gum, oil, low-FODMAP milk and vanilla; beat at medium speed for 1 minute
  • Pour batter into prepared pans
    • Fill cupcakes about 2/3 fill (do not overfill or they won’t cook properly and will spill over the sides)
  • Place in center of oven and bake for about 20 minutes, until center springs back to touch and cake is very lightly browned, tester in center comes out clean
  • Cool on rack for 5 minutes
  • Remove cupcakes from pans onto rack and cool completely before icing
    • Popping them out of the pan is an important step to ensure they don’t overbake and dry out
  • Top with your favorite frosting from all my delicious low-FODMAP frosting recipes on the blog– I have tons to choose from, and any sprinkles or low-FODMAP decorations you desire

So moist and delicious!

Comments Rating 5 (3 reviews)

14 Responses

  1. Made for a very Happy Birthday!

    Made these for my son’s birthday so that I could enjoy a cupcake despite having IBS. These turned out great!

    1. Thanks Debbie,
      We have updated the recipe to read more clearly for layer cake instructions. We appreciate the question! See the directions at the top of the recipe 🙂

  2. Excellent cupcakes

    I prepared these as cupcakes using almond milk and ended up with 14 in total. They came out fluffy, moist, and delicious. They were much enjoyed! Thanks!

  3. We made this as a layer cake for my boyfriend and his son. It was moist, rich, and delicious. I frosted it with the plain low fodmap buttercream icing and it nearly put us all in a sugar coma, but it was so good that it was worth it!

    1. Hi there Donna!
      We like using canola oil because it tends to be a light and flavorless oil for baking, but vegetable oil should also work in this recipe. Good luck?

  4. made these for a friend’s birthday since we are both severe IBS sufferers and these were a big hit with everyone!! made with vanilla buttercream frosting

    1. Thanks for the question! We have not made this recipe in a 13 by 9 inch pan, so we would not be able to advise on a bake time. Sorry about that!

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