With birthdays coming around and the holidays over, I started to think more and more about cake. To be completely honest, I indulged in some naughty (gluten-FULL, milky, and buttery) desserts over Christmas, and I was filled with regrets, pain, and gas. Yes, I said it. In order to avoid this situation in the future, I did some digging to find some gluten-free (and dairy-free) cakes I could opt for instead of the local tummy-angering temptations. Fortunately, I found three bakeries in Seoul that offer full-sized, gluten-free cakes for your next birthday, anniversary, or just because you love cake!
Of course, this is not the end-all in terms of finding gluten-free sweets in Seoul, South Korea. If you’re looking for general recommendations on other gluten-free, dairy-free, and/or vegan bakeries in Seoul, head over to Gluten-Free Restaurants and Bakeries in Seoul 2021. And if you have anything to contribute, please feel free to let me know, so I can share the wealth of knowledge!
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Guys, I found this cake shop the other day on Instagram and it is glorious. Surprise, surprise! They also have a gluten-free chocolate cake or gluten-free carrot cake on request. I was able to message the owner on KakaoTalk in English, and ask for a price estimate of the below drunk Barbie cake with gluten-free cake (made from domestic rice flour), and the owner said that it would cost 140,000 KRW for the gluten-free option. Reservations need to be made two (2) weeks in advance.
- Gluten-Free Rice Cake (+10,000 KRW): Chocolate, Carrot
- Normal Cake: Chocolate, Nutella Choco, Green Tea; Carrot, Red Velvet (+10,000 KRW)
- Cupcakes: Peanut Butter, Nutella Chocolate, Vanilla Caramel
- *All gluten-free items are made with 100% domestic rice flour. * Red velvet is made from rice flour, but it isn’t gluten-free!
- MINI: 13cm wide, 10cm long (Feeds 3-5 people)
- S: Width 13cm, Height 14-15cm (Feeds 6 to 8 people, for existing cake shops, it is slightly larger than the standard No. 1 size)
- M : Width 16cm, Length 14-15cm (Feeds 8-12 people)
- L: 16cm wide, 17-18cm long (Feeds more than 12 people)
Immu Bake Shop is a gluten-free, vegan bakery that also offers group classes in Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea. You can also order beautiful, whole cakes!
Immu Bake Shop Address: Room 202, 2nd floor, 57-13 Yanghwa-ro 6-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울 마포구 양화로6길 57-13 2층 202호)
If you’re looking for vegan cakes in Seoul, Plant Cafe offers a sweet variety of vegan (and dairy-free for the lactose intolerant) cakes for pick-up — several of which are also gluten-free!
Available gluten-free cakes as of January 2021 include the Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, the Banana Chocolate Cake, the Lemon Raspberry Cake, Vanilla Berry Cake, and the Raspberry Crumble Cake. You can order the cakes in English and Korean directly from the Plant Cafe website.
Plant Café Address: 2 floor, 117 Bogwang-ro, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울 용산구 보광로 117 2층)
Vegan and Beyond Bakery also have a rotating selection of gluten-free, vegan cakes. You will probably want to DM the owner directly to see what’s available as there is no readily available online selection.
Vegan and Beyond Bakery Address: 41, Yeonhui-ro 11-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (서울 서대문구 연희로11길 41)
Sunny Bread Bakery in Itaewon is an expat favorite for being one of the only dedicated gluten-free bakeries in Seoul, South Korea. There is a rotation of gluten-free, keto, dairy-free, and/or vegan cakes on offer, and you can also purchase little treats via her Naver Store. You can message the owner to order whole cakes.
Sunny Bread Address: 685-484, Seongsu-dong 1-ga, Seongdong-gu, Seoul (서울 성동구 성수동1가 685-484 지하 1층, 1층, 2층)
Cafe Sosohage (소소하게) is a gluten-free bakery café in Seongsu-dong, Seoul. Cakes are made with rice flour instead of wheat flour. Closed on Mondays.
You can reserve whole cakes by sending a message on Kakaotalk at least two days in advance. Up to 10-20 letters are possible depending on the type of cake and the cost will be between 30,000-72,000 KRW. More details are available on their Kakao Channel.
Cafe Sosohage Address: 1st Floor, 27 Seongdeokjeong-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul (서울 성동구 성덕정길 27 1층 카페소소하게)