Gluten Free Sand Cake or Rice Cake Recipe

I love sand cake. The soft grains melting in your mouth, the strong taste of butter… It tastes yummier than regular cake. And it’s so light and airy that you can’t stop at just one piece. What is sand cake? Well, it’s definitely not cake made of sand. Sand cake is the traditional East Indian name for a cake made from rice flour or corn flour.

But, there’s always a but, right? The traditional cake uses a mix of rice flour or corn flour with wheat flour. It’s easy peasy, but back to the ‘but’. My friend is on a gluten free diet and can’t really eat too much of wheat. So after a bit of experimenting, I perfect my version of the sand cake, without wheat. Yes, a perfect gluten free rice cake recipe!

And it’s time to share it with you. Smile…

Here’s my gluten free rice cake recipe from scratch.

Rice Flour Cake Recipe

Here are my rice cake ingredients:
375 grams butter
333 grams rice flour
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence or extract
360 grams fine sugar
1 table spoon baking powder
A pinch of salt

Just 7 ingredients. Cool, isn’t it?

Anyways, here’s how to make this simple gluten free cake with rice flour.

Mix the butter and sugar together - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Mix the butter and sugar together

Mix the butter, vanilla extract, salt and the sugar together. Use a spatula or even an electronic beater. The salt is optional, but I always add salt. It just reminds me to thank Abba that we have the means to make cakes and eat them too.

Add in the eggs and beat lightly - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Add in the eggs and beat lightly

Add in the eggs and beat. Nope, I don’t do that thing where you add in the yolks first and the whites later. I just add them all in together.

Stir in the rice flour - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Stir in the rice flour

Next, and this is the important one. Stir in the rice flour and baking powder by hand. You can use a spoon if you want, but don’t beat it in. Just gently fold it in with a little TLC. This adds some air into the batter and doesn’t let it get all squidgy.

Add the batter to the lined cake tins - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Add the batter to the lined cake tins

Next, add in your food colours. I made mine cyan in colour, and filled in two small tins that I had already lined with butter paper and kept ready. That pink one in the background is my sister’s nutmeg cake. I’ll get you the recipe for that soon!

Beautiful sand cake or gluten free rice cake - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Beautiful sand cake or gluten free rice cake

And after about 50 minutes in the oven at 210 degrees Celsius, the beautiful gluten free rice cake is ready. You can see that some of the sugar has formed a crunchy layer on top. I love that. That only happens with the sugar on top. The sugar inside melts perfectly. So don’t worry about it.

We served our gluten free sand cake along with a nutmeg cake - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
We served our gluten free sand cake along with a nutmeg cake

We served my rice cake for dessert along with my sister’s nutmeg cake when we had guest’s over. And they loved it!

Time to enjoy our sand cake and nutmeg cake - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
Time to enjoy our sand cake and nutmeg cake

There’s also been times I’ve made rice cake madelines with an almond flaovored fondant glaze. Yeah, I thought they were petit-fours, but nope, the boyfriend corrected me and said they were madelines.

Fondant glaze on the rice cake madelines - TheWingedFork
Fondant glaze on the rice cake madelines

Well, okies! Here’s some of my erstwhile rice cake madelines! I can’t find the pics of after I had decorated them with icing. But these are from just when the almond fondant glaze is dripping on the tray below.

Beautiful sand cake or gluten free rice cake - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
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Gluten Free Rice Flour Cake Recipe

My gluten free rice cake recipe is simply easy to make at home using gluten free ingredients like rice flour for an amazing texture. It’s a twist on the traditional East Indian sand cake.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: East Indian, Indian
Author: Abby

Ingredients

  • 375 g Butter
  • 330 g Rice Flour
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract Essence will also do.
  • 360 g Sugar Fine
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 pinch Salt

Instructions

  • Mix the butter, vanilla extract, salt and the sugar together.
  • Add in the eggs and beat. 
  • Gently fold in the rice flour and baking powder by hand or with a spoon. Don’t beat it or it will lose air.
  • Add in colour if you want to.
  • Add the batter to your pre-lined baking trays.
  • Bake for 50 minutes at 210 degrees Celsius. 
  • Serve. You don’t have to wait for it to cool. It tastes yummy when warm too!

If you try this gluten free rice flour cake recipe, come back to let me know how it went. Happy eating!

Gluten Free Sand Cake (Rice Cake) Recipe - By Abby from TheWingedFork

Post Author: Abby

I'm a foodie and travel blogger, still making my way out of the daily 9-to-5, or 9-to-7 rather. But I make time to travel as often as possible. I've travelled across parts of Europe and Asia, and love writing about my experiences with people and cultures. And naturally, I love food, wine and travel, and have an endless bucket list of places to go to, and experiences I must blog about. My favorite things - nice rainy days, the smell of cakes in the oven, playing in the snow, glasses of wine and dark chocolate.

1 thought on “Gluten Free Sand Cake or Rice Cake Recipe

    Andrea

    (16th August 2019 - 6:18 PM)

    The colors are lovely and I can see the graininess in the pics. I think I’m going to make exactly the same colors. Thanks for the recipe!

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