Easy gluten-free apple cake recipe with almond flour

This easy-to-make gluten-free apple cake is made with almond flour and is absolutely delicious. A cake that is gluten-free, effortless, and tastes good? This is my kind of recipe. Let’s do it!

a photo of apple cake from above with one slice on a serving spoon

Who doesn’t like a slice of nice, moist apple cake? I certainly do, with a cup of coffee or tea. What I don’t like is baking because, let’s face it, I am not the best baker. And this is why I absolutely love this simple recipe. With a little bit of mixing and chopping the apples, you will have the best apple cake in no time.

Why do we love this recipe:

  • Gluten-free: Yes, this simple recipe is gluten-free, just like all the other recipes on my site.
  • Crowd pleaser: This cake is delicious and makes a great addition to a dinner party. Serve it with some vanilla ice cream and be ready to share the recipe because you will be asked for it. If you are making this cake for a larger crowd, double the recipe to make a large cake.
slice of gluten-free apple cake

Ingredients for gluten-free apple cake recipe

To make this delicious cake we will need only a couple of simple ingredients

  • A large ripe banana, mashed
  • Free-range egg, preferably at room temperature
  • Almond flour (or almond meal)
  • Tapioca flour (available at any grocery store in the Asian food aisle or Asian shops)
  • Coconut sugar (or organic raw sugar)
  • Cinnamon
  • Melted coconut oil (do not use vegetable oil)
  • Gluten-free baking powder (if following a strict gluten-free diet)
  • Fresh apples (best varieties: Granny Smith apples, Fuji, Pink Lady, or Gala apples)

You will also need a [insert size] inch cake pan or a loaf pan. A silicone pan works well for this recipe. If you are using a regular baking pan, make sure to line it with parchment paper for easy removal.

ingredients for gluten-free apple cake

For the complete list of ingredients, please refer to the recipe card below.

How to make a gluten-free apple cake

As promised, this is an easy recipe that doesn’t require any special baking skills. Here’s how to make the gluten-free apple cake:

The first step is washing and cutting the apples into bite-sized pieces. Add some coconut sugar, mix well, and set them aside.

diced apples in a glass bowl

Prepare a baking pan by lining it with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and coconut oil together, then add the mashed banana.

Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and gently stir until everything is well combined. Avoid overmixing.

gluten-free apple cake batter

Transfer the cake batter to the prepared pan. Spread the batter evenly and arrange the diced apples on top of the cake.

gluten-free apple cake in a red baking pan ready to be baked

Bake the cake in a preheated oven at 180°C (360°F) for about 30 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and baked through.

Enjoy the cake while it’s hot, served with a scoop of ice cream, or let it cool down for a delightful afternoon tea.

Make it vegan gluten-free apple cake

If you are allergic to eggs, they can be easily replaced with chia eggs in most recipes. Simply use one chia egg instead of a chicken egg. 1 tablespoon of chia seeds + 2.5 tablespoons of water makes one chia egg.

Tips and tricks for perfect baking

Here are a couple of tips that might be helpful to ensure your cake comes out perfectly baked:

  • Baking time: please keep in mind that all ovens are different and it might take longer to bake the cake through.
  • Always preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F) before placing the cake inside.
  • For the best results, position the baking pan in the middle of the oven.
  • After baking for approximately 30 minutes, you can check if the cake is done using the toothpick technique. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake, avoiding the apple pieces if possible. If the toothpick comes out clean and dry, your cake is ready to be enjoyed. However, if there are some moist crumbs sticking to the toothpick, give it another 5 minutes in the oven.

By following these steps, you’ll ensure that your gluten-free apple cake is perfectly baked and ready to be savored.

gluten-free apple cake on a cake stand

How to store apple cake

To keep the apple cake fresh, place it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It will stay good for 2-3 days.

If you want to freeze the apple cake, make sure it has cooled down completely. Wrap the entire cake or individual slices tightly in plastic wrap or place them in a freezer bag.

Label the cake with the date and freeze it for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen cake, remove it from the freezer and let it defrost naturally in the refrigerator overnight.

To serve the thawed cake, you can warm it up in the oven at 180°C (360°F) for about 20 minutes before serving. This will help restore its freshness and warmth.

By following these storage and freezing instructions, you can enjoy the gluten-free apple cake for an extended period and have a delicious treat whenever you desire.

a slice of gluten-free apple cake

If you have tried this delicious recipe and enjoyed it, please consider giving it a star rating and leaving a comment below. Your feedback is highly appreciated, and I would love to hear about your experience with the gluten-free apple cake.

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a photo of apple cake from above with one slice on a serving spoon

Easy gluten-free apple cake with almond flour

Elena Elliott
This easy-to-make apple cake is made with almond flour and fresh apples. With a moist texture and a hint of cinnamon, this delicious recipe is both effortless to make and good-for-you. Whether served warm with a scoop of ice cream or savored as a delightful afternoon treat, it is sure to please your whole family.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Cake
Cuisine European
Servings 6 slices

Ingredients
  

Apples

  • 2-3 apples of your choice, diced
  • 2 teaspoon coconut sugar

Wet ingredients

  • 1 large, ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 free-range egg at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

Dry ingredients

  • 1 cup almon flour or almond meal
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions
 

  • Start by washing and cutting the apples into bite-sized pieces. Add coconut sugar, mix well, and set aside.
  • Prepare a baking pan by lining it with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and coconut oil, then add the mashed banana.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and gently stir until well combined. Avoid overmixing.
  • Transfer the cake batter to the prepared pan, spreading it evenly. Arrange the diced apples on top.
  • Bake the cake in a preheated oven at 180°C (360°F) for approximately 30 minutes, or until it turns golden brown and is fully baked.
  • Enjoy the cake while it's still warm, paired with a scoop of ice cream, or allow it to cool down for a delightful afternoon tea.

Notes

  1. When cutting the apples into bite-sized pieces, ensure they are evenly sized for consistent baking.
  2. Line the baking pan with parchment paper to prevent sticking and ease in removing the cake.
  3. Be careful not to overmix the batter when combining the wet and dry ingredients to avoid a dense texture.
  4. Spread the cake batter evenly in the prepared pan to ensure even baking.
  5. Arrange the diced apples on top of the cake for a beautiful presentation.
  6. Check if the cake is done by inserting a toothpick into the center, avoiding the apple pieces. If it comes out clean and dry, the cake is ready.
  7. The apple cake can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, allowing you to enjoy it over multiple servings. Additionally, it can be frozen for up to 3 months, providing a convenient option for future enjoyment. Simply defrost it in the fridge overnight and warm it up before serving.
  8. Serve the cake warm with a scoop of ice cream or let it cool for a delightful afternoon treat.
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7 Comments

  1. Hi I found this today and want to bake, sounds delish. I am needing to know do the, apples get soft from the half hour baking or must they be cooked slightly.. Thank you Lorraine

  2. 5 stars
    Normally, I am not keep on apple cakes but tried this one and it was really good. Thumbs up for your recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this apple cake for brunch yesterday and no one could tell it was gluten free! It was moist, not too sweet, and totally delicious!

5 from 5 votes

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