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Gluten free New Orleans Wedding Cake (for any occasion!)

This recipe comes to us from our resident “N’awliner,” Destiny. According to her cultural expertise, wedding cakes in New Orleans are traditionally flavored with almond and lemon. It’s also not uncommon to decorate them extravagant fleur de lis designs, but that’s for another day. In fact, this flavor has become so popular that it’s not just reserved for weddings anymore–use this recipe for birthdays, baptisms, or just “I need cake” days! With Mardi Gras on the way, we convinced Destiny to show us how to make the traditional NOLA wedding cake. Of course, our version is completely free of gluten, dairy, and soy, and totally delicious! But don’t take our word for it; here’s the recipe!

New Orleans Wedding Cake Gluten FreeIngredients:


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Grease two 9″ round cake pans or line 24 muffin cups with paper.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and EarthBalance (or butter if dairy is tolerable). Cream until fluffy and pale in color.
  4. Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time until well incorporated.
  5. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, guar gum, salt, and baking powder.
  6. Add half of the flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat until fully incorporated.
  7. Beat in the coconut milk (or any other milk of your choice).
  8. Pour in the other half of the flour mixture and beat until smooth.
  9. Add the almond and lemon extracts and mix well.
  10. Pour the batter into your pre-greased pan or muffin tins.
  11. Bake at 350º F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  12. Turn out on a wire rack to cool
  13. Decorate to your heart’s desire! We frost our cakes with our signature icing glaze. OR get ambitious and try your hand at decorating with fondant! We’re especially fond of this fleur de lis design from JulesM7 on CakeCentral:

Gluten Free NOLA wedding cake

Fleur de lis tiered wedding cake photo via chezpierreneworleans.com; Golden fleur de lis cake photo via JulesM7 at CakeCentral




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