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I don’t know about you, but I always find myself going into Costa and getting serious cake envy. So when I saw they were bringing out a new caramel latte cake I thought, I’m going to make my own gluten free version!

With a light, coffee sponge with a delicious caramel-coffee frosting drizzled with dulce de leche, I’m pretty confident this gluten free coffee cake is THE ONE. 


A delicious gluten free coffee cake

It also happens to be UK Coffee Week next week, so I think this cake is the perfect celebration of all the things I love – coffee and gluten free cake!

For those interested, I didn’t realise that as well as celebrating the best drink in the world, UK Coffee Week is all about helping raise funds for coffee-growing communities. You can find out more about it here.

But back to the cake! This really is a deliciously easy gluten free coffee cake recipe.

I used shots of coffee from my beloved Nespresso machine, but you could buy espresso shots from the coffee shop or just make a really strong, espresso-sized instant coffee instead. 


For me, a coffee cake should be bold in its flavours and that’s what I’ve aimed for with this gluten free coffee cake recipe.



My gluten free caramel latte cake recipe

So move over Costa, because this is definitely the new gluten free coffee cake on the block! If you wanted to mix things up a bit, you could chop up some walnuts and add them to the cake before baking.

Sprinkle some on top and you’ve got the perfect coffee and walnut cake!

You could also make this recipe dairy free by removing the dulce de leche (you could use dulce de leche flavouring instead) and using dairy free margarine instead of butter.

I love the fact this gluten free coffee cake is so adaptable, which makes it fun for everyone!

Oh, and because I’m counting my macros, I’ve even worked it out per serving!

If you cut this cake into 10, each serving would be (based on using the dairy-based recipe): 420 cals; 22.8g fat; 52.4 carbs; 1.2g protein. Looks like I’ll be saving this for a post-workout treat!



Gluten free caramel latte cake

This gluten free coffee cake has an extra special twist with a caramel and espresso frosting, making it delicious for a gluten free afternoon tea.


For the cake

  • 175 g unsalted butter, or dairy free spread
  • 175 g gluten free self-raising flour, I used Dove's Farm
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 double espresso shot, approx 60ml - see notes

For the frosting

  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 100 g butter, or dairy free spread
  • 1 espresso shot, see notes
  • 1 tbsp dulce de leche, substitute for dulce de leche flavouring for dairy free


  1. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin and preheat the oven to 180'C / Gas 4.
  2. Make the cake by placing all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric whisk or wooden spoon until smooth.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the lined tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 35-40 minutes, until a skewer in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  4. Once the cake is cool, make the frosting. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric whisk until smooth. Using a spatula, spread over the cake and leave to cool.
  5. Finish by lashing the cake with some extra dulce de leche (heated in the microwave for 30 seconds) - I used a spoon to 'flick' it over the cake. Enjoy!


For the espresso measure for the cake, I used the 'Luongo' button on my Nespresso which makes about 60ml. For the frosting I used the 'espresso' button which is about 30ml. You could substitute this with the same amount of instant coffee mixed with hot water, made to the strength of your choosing.

This cake would be perfect for a gluten free afternoon tea or party spread! If you want some more cake inspiration, don’t forget to check out my gluten free lemon and elderflower cake or my gluten free millionaire’s shortbread too!

I’d love to see your creations if you give this a go – you can share them in my Facebook group or tag me on Instagram! I’ll always share your photos when you make my recipes!

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About Sarah Howells

Hi, I'm Sarah! Diagnosed with coeliac disease 20 years ago, I'm on a mission to create the best gluten free recipes since sliced bread. No fruit salads or dry brownies here.

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  1. I’m sorry to say that I was really disappointed with this cake! I had been looking forward to making it so much but it just didnt have the “airyness” of your other beautiful loaf cakes. The topping just didn’t taste right either. Not one for me, shall carry on trying out all the others since I have purchased the biggest bag of self raising flour from Doves that I’ve ever seen! Loved the carrot and lemon drizzle and your scones are to die for. Keep up the good work Sarah xx