Topped with a sweet cinnamon buttercream, this 8 ingredient oat flour cake is just like a slice of heaven. The fluffy, tender texture and moist crumb will have everyone begging for seconds. Since it doesn’t contain any gluten or dairy, this cake is the perfect guilt-free treat for any occasion!
This recipe is incredibly simple to prep with just a handful of basic ingredients. Made with whole grain oat flour, this sheet cake is naturally sweet as well as nutritionally beneficial. Oats contain a significant amount of fiber, protein, and healthy fats making this cake a great nutritious alternative to a more traditional sheet cake.
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Why you'll love this recipe!
This delicious oat flour cake recipe is one of my favorites because of its versatility. You can easily turn this sheet cake into a dozen cupcakes to switch things up. Also, try swapping out the cinnamon buttercream for this dairy free chocolate frosting or any other flavor you prefer. Here’s what else you’ll love about this sheet cake recipe:
- All you need is 8 simple ingredients
- It’s made with healthy whole grain oat flour (need an alternative to oat flour?)
- The cake batter is easy to prep in 20 minutes
- It’s gluten free, dairy free, and egg free as written (with an option to be sugar free)
- It can be stored in the refrigerator to keep it fresh longer
Although this 8 ingredient oat flour cake is quick and easy to put together, there are a few things to keep in mind when making this recipe. Follow these tips to ensure your cake comes out perfectly.
1. Use room temperature ingredients (except for the melted butter)
For this cake recipe, you need to use room temperature ingredients to ensure they are fully combined when mixed. The melted butter is the only exception here. This step is important because cold ingredients tend to not mix very evenly.
2. Measure ingredients by weight as specified
The oat flour and granulated sugar should be measured by weight in this recipe. Using a digital scale to measure ingredients by weight is the best way to get an accurate measurement. This is crucial for the texture of your cake. The baking masterclass explains why.
3. Don’t overmix the cake batter
Overmixing the batter can result in a cake with a dense and tough texture. Be sure to mix the ingredients just until they are combined to avoid overmixing.
4. Helpful tools
These tools will help make prepping your oat flour cake super quick and simple:
- Digital scale
- Small mixing bowl
- Rubber spatula
- 9”x13” baking pan
- Wire cooling rack
- Frosting knife
Ingredients & substitutions
- Oat flour - This recipe was tested using the oat flour from Nuts.com. Be sure to use oat flour that is labeled as certified gluten free. You can make your own oat flour for this recipe if desired.
- Granulated sugar - If desired, you can swap out the granulated sugar for Swerve granular sweetener. This works great for a sugar free cake and frosting.
- Baking powder - This is working with the yogurt to function as the thickening agent in the recipe. There is no alternative for the baking powder in this recipe.
- Salt - There is no substitution for the salt in this recipe.
- Dairy free plain yogurt - A good substitute would be dairy free sour cream. You can also use regular sour cream or plain yogurt as an alternative if desired.
- Water - There is no substitute for the water in this recipe.
- Vegan butter - In this cake, I use Earth Balance vegan butter. You can use coconut oil or regular butter as an alternative here if needed.
- Pure vanilla extract - There is no alternative for the vanilla extract in this recipe.
You can mix up this easy 8 ingredient oat flour cake and have it ready to eat in less than an hour and a half. To get started, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature for the perfect batter cake consistency. First, combine the oat flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer (step 1 above). Set it aside. Then, in a small mixing bowl, stir together the dairy free yogurt, water, melted vegan butter, and vanilla extract (step 2).
Next, add the wet ingredients to the dry ones (step 3). Mix on low speed for 10 seconds to incorporate all of the ingredients. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Then, continue to mix on medium speed for 15 seconds to fully combine. Finally, set the batter aside to rest for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9"x13" baking pan by lightly coating it with non-stick cooking spray. Once the batter is done resting, scrape it into the prepared pan with a rubber spatula and spread out the batter until even (step 4).
Baking & frosting
Next, place the pan into the preheated oven and bake for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan on a wire cooling rack. Once the cake is completely cooled, frost it with this cinnamon buttercream frosting, slice, and serve.
This cake will stay fresh and moist for up to 2 days when stored at room temperature. Be sure to cover it well to keep it from drying out. For longer storage, you can keep it in the refrigerator. Freezing this cake is not recommended as it compromises the flavor.
Yes, homemade oat flour works great in this recipe. Be sure to use certified gluten free rolled oats. You can make oat flour on your own using a high-speed blender or food processor.
To turn this oat flour cake into cupcakes, swap out the 9”x13” pan for a standard cupcake/muffin pan. Bake the cupcakes at 350°F for 20-22 minutes. This recipe will make 12 cupcakes.
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8 Ingredient Oat Flour Cake (Gluten & Dairy Free)
- 250 grams oat flour about 2 cups
- 200 grams granulated sugar about 1 cup
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dairy free plain yogurt
- 6 Tablespoons water
- 4 Tablespoons vegan butter melted
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine oat flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In a small bowl, stir together dairy free yogurt, water, melted vegan butter and vanilla extract.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix on low speed for 10 seconds to incorporate. Stop the machine and scrape the sides down.
- Mix on medium speed for 15 seconds to full combine.
- Set batter aside for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 9"x13" pan with cooking spray.
- Scrape batter into pan.
- Bake for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
- Frost with cinnamon buttercream frosting.
- This recipe was tested with this brand of oat flour. Alternatives to oat flour can be found here.
- A good substitute for the vegan yogurt would be vegan sour cream.
- Swerve sugar can be used in place of the granulated sugar.
- Regular butter or coconut oil can be used in place of the vegan butter.
- This cake will stay fresh for up to 2 days at room temperature. Refrigerate for longer storage. Freezing is not recommended as it compromises the flavor.
- The frosting recipe used on this cake is here. Use the cinnamon variation. This chocolate frosting would be excellent also.
Does it have to be vegan butter?Is that for the flavor? Could lard or coconut oil be used in its place?
Lard or coconut oil could be used, absolutely.