Delicious Vegan Mac and Cheese Recipe

Hello there foodies and baking enthusiasts! I am excited to share with you my gluten-free vegetarian cake salé recipe. This savory cake is perfect for anytime of the day, whether a quick breakfast or a snack on the go, it never fails to satisfy your taste buds.

For those who may not be familiar with the term, “cake salé” is a French phrase which means savory cake. Unlike most cakes that are sweet, this type of cake is packed with flavorful herbs and salty additives such as parmesan cheese and red pepper.

What makes this particular recipe stand out is that it is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian. So for those who have dietary restrictions or are simply health-conscious eaters, this recipe is perfect for you!

Not only is this savory cake simple to make, but it’s also incredibly versatile. You can switch up the vegetables and herbs to cater to your specific tastes or what’s in season. Plus, it has a lovely texture from the combination of rice flour and regular plain flour that makes it perfect for spreading some dairy-free butter or vegan cream cheese on top.

Trust me when I say this gluten-free vegetarian cake salé will become your new favorite snack or even a party appetizer. So let’s dive in and get started with the recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten-Free Vegetarian Cake Salé (Savory Cake)
Gluten-Free Vegetarian Cake Salé (Savory Cake)

Are you searching for a delicious and gluten-free savory treat? Look no further than this Gluten-Free Vegetarian Cake Salé (Savory Cake) recipe! This particular recipe is perfect for anyone searching for cake recipes that don’t use wheat flour or dairy. But trust me, even if you’re not looking for a gluten-free or dairy-free option, this savory cake is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

One of the reasons why you’ll love this recipe is its simplicity. With just a handful of ingredients, including rice flour and eggs, you can whip up this savory cake in less than an hour. No need to spend hours in the kitchen trying to put together a complicated meal when you can make this savory simple cake.

But simple doesn’t have to mean basic. This savoury vegetable cake has rich flavors from herbs like rosemary and thyme, paired with the nutty taste of parmesan cheese. The red pepper flakes add just enough spice to balance out the savory flavors in this dish.

Not only does this dish taste amazing, but it’s also packed with nutrients from the fresh vegetables like courgette and cauliflower, making it an excellent healthy alternative to traditional birthday cake ideas. Plus, you can customize the recipe to fit your dietary restrictions by using dairy-free plain yogurt instead of regular plain yogurt.

In conclusion, this Gluten-Free Vegetarian Cake Salé (Savory Cake) recipe is a must-try for anyone searching for a delicious, easy-to-make baking recipe that satisfies both your taste buds and dietary restrictions. Try it out today and impress your loved ones with this flavorful and satisfying savory upside cake!

Ingredient List

 The perfect slice of delicious savory cake that fits any occasion.
The perfect slice of delicious savory cake that fits any occasion.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious savory cake:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten-free flour (you can use rice flour or any gluten-free flour mix)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • A pinch of black pepper

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup plain yogurt (use dairy-free if you prefer)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup milk (use dairy-free if you prefer)

Vegetables and Herbs:

  • 1 small cauliflower, trimmed and grated
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 medium-sized courgettes (zucchinis), trimmed and grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped


  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Note that all ingredients are vegetarian-friendly!

The Recipe How-To

 A crowd-pleaser for anyone who loves a good vegetarian option.
A crowd-pleaser for anyone who loves a good vegetarian option.

Now, let’s move on to the exciting part – the recipe how-to! Here’s how you can make this gluten-free vegetarian cake salé:


  • 2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 3/4 cup of milk (or dairy-free milk)
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt (or dairy-free yogurt)
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small courgette, grated
  • 1 small cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • A handful of herbs, chopped (such as parsley, thyme or chives)
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

Preheat your oven to 375°F. Grease a loaf pan with olive oil and line it with parchment paper.

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.

Step 3: Mix the Wet Ingredients

In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, olive oil, eggs and plain yogurt until smooth.

Step 4: Combine Everything Together

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

Step 5: Add Vegetables

Stir in the chopped red pepper, grated courgette, chopped cauliflower florets, herbs and grated Parmesan cheese until evenly distributed throughout the batter.

Step 6: Bake

Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Bake for about one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack before serving.

This savory cake is perfect for brunch, picnics or even as a delicious lunchtime treat. You can even enjoy it as an alternative to traditional birthday cake ideas. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different veggies or cheeses to make this particular recipe your own!

Substitutions and Variations

 The gluten-free vegetarian cake salé you'll want to take a bite out of.
The gluten-free vegetarian cake salé you’ll want to take a bite out of.

As a vegan chef, I know that sometimes we need to make substitutions in our recipes. With this particular recipe, there are a few possibilities that you could try to add some variation and suit your individual tastes.

– Gluten-Free Flour Substitutions: This recipe calls for a gluten-free flour mix, but you can use rice flour or another type of gluten-free flour instead. You could also swap the gluten-free flour mix for regular plain flour if you don’t need to keep it gluten-free.

– Dairy-Free Substitutions: If you’re allergic to dairy or simply don’t eat it, there are a few substitutions you can try. Replace the parmesan cheese with a dairy-free option like nutritional yeast flakes or vegan parmesan-style cheese. Swap the plain yogurt for dairy-free yogurt or silken tofu, and replace the milk with a non-dairy milk such as soy milk, almond milk or oat milk.

– Veggie Substitutions: If you want to add some different flavors or textures to this savory cake recipe, try adding some roasted red pepper or olives, diced sun-dried tomatoes or chopped fresh herbs like basil or parsley. You could also experiment with other veggies, like grated carrots or zucchini, spinach or kale, mushrooms or sweetcorn.

– Savory Variations: The beauty of this recipe is that it’s very versatile! Try swapping the parmesan cheese for feta cheese or goat’s cheese for a tangy flavor. You could also add some cooked bacon bits for an extra salty kick. For a more colorful cake, use purple cauliflower instead of white, and add diced red onions into the cake batter.

By playing around with different ingredients and flavors, you can create a range of delicious variations of this gluten-free vegetarian cake salé recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Get ready to taste how great vegan and gluten-free cake can really be.
Get ready to taste how great vegan and gluten-free cake can really be.

Once your gluten-free vegetarian cake salé is baked and ready to be served, there are several ways to enhance the flavors and make it even more delicious. You can serve it warm or at room temperature, alongside a variety of side dishes or as a standalone dish.

One option is to pair it with a fresh salad, such as mixed greens with a tangy vinaigrette dressing or a cucumber and tomato salad with lemon juice and herbs. The acidity of the dressing balances out the richness of the cake, while the freshness of the vegetables complements its savory flavor.

Another great pairing for this dish is roasted or grilled vegetables, such as zucchini, eggplant, or bell peppers. The soft texture and earthy taste of the vegetables are a perfect match for the hearty and slightly crunchy texture of the cake.

If you want to add some protein to your meal, consider serving sliced smoked salmon or prosciutto on top of each slice of cake. These salty flavors go well with the lightness of the cake and provide an additional layer of complexity.

Lastly, don’t forget about beverages – a crisp white wine or sparkling water with lemon would be perfect accompaniments.

With so many pairing options available, feel free to experiment until you find your favorite way to enjoy this gluten-free vegetarian cake salé.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A beautiful creation that's perfect for brunch, appetizer or a quick snack on the go.
A beautiful creation that’s perfect for brunch, appetizer or a quick snack on the go.

Making this beautiful and savory gluten-free vegetarian cake salé is just the beginning of the journey. Now let’s talk about how to make ahead, store, and reheat it so that it retains its deliciousness.

To make ahead, allow the cake to cool down to room temperature after it is baked. Wrap it in a double layer of plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to three days or freeze for up to one month. When reheating the cake, follow these directions: if frozen- thaw in the fridge overnight then reheat in a 325°F (160°C) preheated oven until hot; if refrigerated – unwrap and reheat in a 325°F (160°C) preheated oven until hot before serving.

For those who love leftovers, know that this savory cake is even better smothered in your favourite spread or condiment. It goes well with cream cheese, tomato jam, hummus, or even pesto. Just try spreading some on top of the slices before reheating them to take them to the next level.

Storing leftovers requires a bit of thoughtfulness as well. To store properly, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and keep at room temperature for up to two days. For longer storage, keep wrapped in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to seven days.

In summary, whether you decide to make ahead or store your gluten-free vegetarian cake salé – this particular recipe offers a lot of flexibility without compromising on taste.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Vibrant colors and flavors come together in this savory cake!
Vibrant colors and flavors come together in this savory cake!

For the best outcome, here are some tips to guarantee your savory cake is everything you want it to be.

Firstly, make sure all ingredients are at room temperature before starting. This will help them blend together smoothly and bake more evenly.

Secondly, when measuring flour, it’s essential to avoid packing it into the measuring cup. Placing flour in the mix with a heavy hand can cause a cake that’s dense and dry. Instead, fluff the flour prior to scooping it up and level it off with a flat edge or knife.

Using non-stick spray or baker’s Secret will assure that your savory cake comes out of the pan quickly and doesn’t stick at all. Furthermore, baking spray’s oil and flour mixture does much better than other fat and use a loaf pan for better results.

The amount of baking powder included should not be changed, as this could weaken the structure of the cake. The same goes for salt; even if you’re tempted to reduce the quantity or miss it out, don’t do it since salt helps to enhance flavor in savory recipes.

It’s also essential to pay close attention to cooking time when it comes to this particular recipe. Every oven varies slightly in temperature, so carefully verify if the dough has set completely by inserting a toothpick into its center — if it emerges cleanly without any raw batter sticking to it, then its done.

Finally, spread only half of the batter into the pan’s bottom, top with filling properly spread over as evenly as possible (don’t press), and pour remaining dough atop your first layer of filling to avoid floating. Always preheat your oven for at least ten minutes before loading your cake body into it.

By following these tips, your gluten-free vegetarian cake salé will turn out fresh out of the oven perfect every time!


Now that you know how to bake the perfect gluten-free vegetarian cake salé, you may have a few questions. In this section, I will answer some frequently asked questions to help ensure your success in making this particular recipe. So, let’s dive right in!

How do you keep a gluten-free cake moist?

Keeping a gluten-free cake moist and tender can be a challenge as it tends to dry out quickly and become hard on the exterior if not stored and covered appropriately. To combat this, I recommend utilizing buttermilk and increasing the fat content in the batter to counteract the dryness.

What is the difference between a gluten-free cake and a normal cake?

Cakes that are gluten-free are made without any ingredients that contain gluten, such as wheat flour, rye flour or spelt flour. Even the regular plain flour found in the bakery section of the supermarket contains gluten and therefore cannot be used in gluten-free baking.

Why do gluten-free cakes not rise?

Gluten is an essential protein composite that is formed when flour is mixed with liquid, and it is responsible for the fluffy texture of cakes. Typically, gluten-free cake recipes do not contain any or may contain few gluten-forming ingredients such as wheat flour.

What cakes can celiacs eat?

As a vegan chef’s assistant, I have compiled a list of delectable dessert recipes that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. These recipes include a Mandarin hazelnut cake with cream cheese frosting, a chocolate and chestnut fondant, a strawberry and pistachio ice-cream cake, a flourless lime and almond cake with caramelized limes, a mulberry and lemon yogurt tart, and a caramel meringue with Cointreau and custard sauce. With these options, you are sure to find a dessert that meets your taste preferences.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free vegetarian cake salé recipe is an excellent option for those who want to enjoy a savory cake without any worries about gluten or animal products. With ingredients like eggs, milk, Parmesan cheese, and herbs, you can expect a rich and flavorful taste that will keep your taste buds craving for more.

To make this cake even more delicious and attractive, feel free to experiment with different flavors and variations. You can try using different kinds of vegetables, spices, or even meat substitutes to create a wholly unique cake that suits your personal tastes.

And the best part? This cake is incredibly simple to make and store. You can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer for future enjoyment. You can even use it as a component in your lunchbox or as an appetizer for dinner parties.

Overall, this gluten-free vegetarian cake salé recipe is an excellent option for anyone who wants a tasty treat that doesn’t compromise on quality or nutrition. With the right ingredients, attention to detail, and creativity in experimentation, you can create a perfect savory cake that will wow everyone who tastes it. So why not give it a try today?

Gluten-Free Vegetarian Cake Salé (Savory Cake)

Gluten-Free Vegetarian Cake Salé (Savory Cake) Recipe

Cake salé simply means savory cake in French. You can serve this for brunch when you have company. Or this can be a perfect light lunch with some salad/soup. For more healthy gluten-free pesco-vegetarian recipes, please visit my blog,
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 148.1 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups vegetables, chopped (I used zucchini, red pepper and onion)
  • salt and pepper
  • oil, for spraying the loaf pan
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 ml milk (I used almond milk)
  • 100 ml plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated, for topping
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs, of your choice (optional, I used tarragon.)


  • Heat oil in a sauté pan and sauté all the vegetables with salt and pepper until they become soft. If you are going to use any herbs, add them at the end. Set aside.
  • Spray inside an 8.5 x 4.5 loaf pan and preheat oven to 350°F/180°C degrees.
  • Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  • Beat eggs in a small bowl and add to the dry ingredients.
  • Add milk, yogurt, and cheese and mix well.
  • Add cooked vegetables and gently mix.
  • Transfer to the pan and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes.
  • Cool, infuse love, slice and serve!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 81gCalories: 148.1kcalCarbohydrates: 3.5gProtein: 9.3gFat: 10.8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 152.8mgSodium: 663.9mgSugar: 1.4g
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