Gluten Free Autumn Apple Cake
Author: Gluten Free Gigi
Recipe type: Dessert, Cake
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 50 mins
- 2½ cups Gigi’s Everyday Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Gum-Free) or another all-purpose gluten-free flour blend without gums
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup sugar (white, brown or coconut will work)
- ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ cup dairy-free butter substitute, melted (or use real butter if not dairy-free, or melted coconut oil, or other oil of your choice)
- 3 large eggs (Or prepared egg replacer to equal 3 large eggs, like Ener-G brand)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups fresh apples, peeled and diced (about 3 large apples)
Frosting: (Optional; prepare while cake is baking)
- 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar, loosely packed
- 2 Tablespoons dairy-free butter substitute (or butter if not dairy-free)
- ¼ cup milk (dairy- or plant-based)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Lightly grease a 9×13-inch cake pan.
- In a mixing bowl, combine flours, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon and sugar.
- Whisk to blend dry ingredients.
- Add applesauce, oil, egg and vanilla; stir until all dry ingredients are incorporated.
- Add apples and stir gently.
- Spread the batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the cake has a dry appearance all over and the edges just begin to brown.
- Remove cake from the oven and carefully cut into 12 squares.
- Spread frosting evenly over the cake; the cake will be hot and will have loose crumbs from the cuts, so frost slowly.
- After frosting, allow the cake to cool to at least warm before serving.
- Store leftovers tightly covered in the fridge and warm slightly to serve.
12. Place confectioner’s sugar in a medium mixing bowl; set aside.
13. In a small saucepan, cook brown sugar, butter substitute and milk over medium heat, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture comes to a boil.
14. Boil, without stirring, for 2 minutes.
15. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
16. Allow mixture to cool 5 minutes, then pour over confectioner’s sugar.
17. Add spices and stir until smooth.
Thought you’d like to know:
- You can Make your own Confectioner’s Sugar! This comes in handy if you’re avoiding corn products (cornstarch is a common ingredient in confectioners’ sugar. Confectioners’ sugar made with tapioca starch instead of cornstarch is available, too.
- Make your own Applesauce!
- Find other egg alternatives HERE
- This cake is sure to satisfy a sweet tooth. Remember, a healthy diet is all about balance – a sweet something in moderation is part of that balance. If you prefer, experiment with alternative sugars and sweeteners to suit your own dietary requirements and tastes.