Welcome! I’m glad you’re here with me today to discover a delicious gluten-free recipe for apple cake. As a food blogger, it is my mission to highlight healthy organic, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes that will inspire both novice and experienced cooks to try new things in their kitchen.
This gluten-free apple cake recipe is the perfect gateway recipe for anyone who has been intimidated by baking with gluten-free flour blends. Soft and fluffy, this cake is loaded with rich cinnamon and vanilla flavor, topped with tangy bites of tart Granny Smith apples. This apple cake is perfect for any season and festive occasion.
Throughout this article guide, I’m going to show you step-by-step how to make this gluten-free apple cake from scratch. Don’t worry if baking with gluten-free flour seems daunting or if you are avoiding dairy or nuts. I’ve got you covered.
But first, let’s review the health benefits of using gluten-free flour for baked goods. Baking is not just about creating decadent desserts, but also about finding ways to use natural ingredients that are good for our bodies.
Using gluten-free flour blends like the one we will be using in this recipe can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, promote digestive health and even potentially lower risks for certain autoimmune diseases. Studies also suggest that reducing your intake of gluten and wheat products can help regulate blood sugar levels as well.
So grab your aprons and let’s get started on this mouth-watering journey towards a healthier lifestyle!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Welcome, dear readers, to my gluten-free apple cake recipe. If you are someone who loves the comforting warmth of freshly baked goodies and keeps looking for healthy desserts, this is the perfect recipe for you.
Firstly, this gluten-free apple cake is incredibly easy and quick to make. You don’t need any fancy equipment or techniques, just whisk together the ingredients and stir in some fresh apples. You’ll have a warm and satisfying dessert in no time at all.
Secondly, this gluten-free apple cake uses wholesome and healthy ingredients that add an extra dose of nutrition to your diet. The combination of apples and almond flour adds fiber and antioxidants, while the use of gluten-free flour ensures that it’s friendly for people with dietary restrictions.
Lastly, this gluten-free apple cake is versatile and customizable. You can substitute your favorite type of apples- be it a tart granny smith apple, a sweet pink lady or a Gala -and tweak the spices as per your liking.
In summary, my gluten-free apple cake recipe is an excellent choice if you want a healthy yet heavenly dessert that would satisfy your sweet tooth without making you feel guilty.
Let’s get started with the ingredients! In this recipe, we will be using some gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives to make a scrumptious apple cake that is perfect for dessert or as a snack. Here are the ingredients that you will need:
- 2 cups of your favorite gluten-free flour blend (if the blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum, add 1 teaspoon)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup dairy-free butter (or regular butter if not avoiding dairy), melted and cooled
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups diced apples (peeled and cored) – I recommend using Granny Smith or Pink Lady apples for best results
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Note: If you don’t want to use a gluten-free blend, you can substitute it with almond flour, tapioca flour or potato starch. But, be mindful of the ratios as they vary from gluten free flour blend.
Now that we have all the juicy details on our recipe list, let’s move on to the fun part – cooking!
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have our ingredients listed, it’s time to jump right into the recipe. Here’s how to make this delicious Gluten Free Apple Cake step-by-step:
Step 1: Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a bundt cake pan with gluten-free flour blend.
Step 2: Combine Dry Ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour blend, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder, soda and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
Step 3: Combine Wet Ingredients
Combine sugar and butter in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time while continuing to beat. Scrape down the sides of the bowl between each egg addition.
Next add vanilla extract followed by milk and continue to beat until fully combined.
Step 4: Combine Dry and Wet Mixtures
Gradually add the dry mixture into the wet mixture until no lumps remain. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl again to ensure even mixing.
Step 5: Add Apples
Gently fold apples into the batter with a spatula.
Step 6: Bake
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Step 7: Cool
Allow cake to cool in pan for at least 15 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely on a wire rack.
Serve this delightful Gluten-Free Apple Cake recipe with some warm tea or hot cocoa. Apple cake is always better when shared with friends and family; so share some love by sharing a slice of cake!
Substitutions and Variations
Do you have certain food restrictions that may interfere with the recipe? Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered. In this section, I’m going to walk you through some ingredient substitutions and variations that you can make to cater to your dietary needs.
Firstly, if you’re lactose intolerant or just trying to live a vegan lifestyle, feel free to substitute butter and milk with their non-dairy counterparts like coconut oil, almond milk, or soy milk. These alternatives provide the same creamy texture and richness as their dairy counterpart while still being healthy.
If you’re allergic to nuts or gluten, try substituting almond flour with oat flour or rice flour. Alternatively, you could use a gluten-free flour blend that contains xanthan gum for an added touch of elasticity. To create the perfect blend for this recipe, mix two cups of gluten-free flour (preferred brand: King Arthur) with 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum, 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder, and ½ teaspoon baking soda.
No apples available? No problem. You could use any fruit that’s in season instead of apples. I would recommend using pears, peaches or berries as they have the right texture and flavor profile for this recipe.
Feeling adventurous and want to take things up a notch? Add some shredded carrots or zucchini for extra nutrients and fiber. You could also add nuts such as chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds for a crunchy texture.
Overall, there are numerous substitution options that cater to your specific requirements without compromising taste and texture. Feel free to get creative with your choices but remember always to follow the recipe’s measurements to ensure perfect results every time!
Serving and Pairing
This delightful gluten-free apple cake recipe is the perfect choice for all your fall and winter gatherings. The cake is moist and flavorful, and the apples give it a lovely texture and sweetness.
For serving, you can sprinkle some icing sugar on top of the cake to add an extra touch of sweetness. This also creates a beautiful presentation that will impress your guests. You can also serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if that is your preference. For those who prefer dairy-free options, try whipped coconut cream instead!
As for pairing, this cake goes well with a warm cup of tea or coffee in the morning or after dinner as dessert. It’s also perfect for brunch, served alongside some fresh fruit and yogurt. To make it even more special, try pairing it with a glass of apple cider or sparkling wine for a festive touch.
The beauty of this recipe is that it’s versatile enough to be served at any time of day and for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or enjoying some me-time, this gluten-free apple cake recipe is sure to please everyone.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Welcome to the ‘Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating’ section of this delicious gluten-free apple cake recipe. This section is all about ensuring that your cake stays fresh and tasty for as long as possible.
Make-ahead: This cake is perfect when made ahead of time, ideal for busy weekends or for special occasions, allowing you to focus on the rest of your preparations. You can store this cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. You can even make the batter and keep it in the refrigerator overnight and bake it in the morning.
Storing: To keep your gluten-free apple cake fresh for longer periods, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container. This will prevent the cake from drying out and keep it moist. If you prefer to slice it before storing, make sure each slice is wrapped individually in plastic wrap.
Reheating: The best way to reheat your gluten-free apple cake is to warm individual slices up in a microwave for about 15-20 seconds each. Alternatively, you can reheat the entire cake in a pre-heated oven at 350°F/175°C for about 5-10 minutes until warm.
We recommend avoiding reheating your gluten-free apple cake multiple times and consuming it within three days. You can also sprinkle some icing sugar on top of the slices before serving for a sweet finishing touch.
By following these tips for storing and reheating, you can enjoy this delicious gluten-free apple cake anytime you want!
Tips for Perfect Results
As a food blogger and nutritionist, I always strive to achieve perfect results in my recipes. The gluten-free apple cake recipe is no exception. In fact, there are specific tips and tricks that can help you achieve the perfect texture, flavor and presentation for this recipe. Here are some tips to make sure your gluten-free apple cake turns out perfectly every time!
1. Use high-quality ingredients
The quality of your ingredients plays a huge role in the outcome of your recipe. For this gluten-free apple cake, choose fresh apples that are firm and flavorful. Make sure you use gluten-free flour blend, xanthan gum, baking soda and powder that are certified gluten-free. Use organic eggs, dairy-free butter and almond milk to ensure optimum nutrition.
2. Incorporate the batter well
In order to get a moist and tender crumb in your gluten-free apple cake, it’s important to incorporate the batter well. Mix the wet ingredients until they’re smooth and creamy before gradually adding the dry mix.
3. Use apples with different textures
Using different varieties of apples can add depth and complexity of flavor to your cake while also creating interesting textures. I recommend using Granny Smith – the tartness plays off the sweetness of the cake perfectly. You can also use Gala or Pink Lady for more sweetness or Honey Crisp for a crunchier texture.
4. Use a bundt pan for an even bake
Bundt pans have a nonstick coating that ensures clean release while creating an even bake on all sides of your gluten-free apple cake.
5. Measure your ingredients carefully
Measuring ingredients accurately is key to getting perfect results with any recipe. To measure dry ingredients, use a spoon to scoop the ingredient into the measuring cup then level off with a straight edge. When measuring liquids, use a glass measuring cup at eye level to determine accurate volume.
6. Don’t open the oven door too early
To avoid the cake from sinking or collapsing, resist temptation to open the oven door early. Opening the door releases precious heat and can result in uneven baking.
By following these tips, you’ll have a perfectly baked gluten-free apple cake with tender crumb, rich flavor, and a beautiful golden-brown crust. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
It’s time to indulge in a delicious and healthy gluten-free apple cake recipe – it has everything you could ask for – comfort, sweetness, healthiness, and fun!
This recipe is a perfect way to nourish your body without sacrificing flavor or enjoyment. The cake is gluten-free, dairy-free, and packed with fresh, juicy apples, which are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals that support an immune system. So you can feel good about serving this cake to your loved ones or enjoying it as a treat for yourself.
Whether you are looking for a classic apple dessert or something new and exciting to impress your guests with, this recipe is the answer. It’s easy to follow and can be customized to your personal taste preferences. You can add in different spices like nutmeg or ginger, swap the apples for pears or peaches, or even make cupcakes instead of a bundt cake.
So next time you have a craving for something sweet and scrumptious that’s guilt-free, try making this gluten-free apple cake recipe. It’s the perfect culmination of healthy ingredients blended together, creating an indulgent taste sensation that will leave you wanting more!
Gluten Free Apple Cake Recipe
- 3/4 cup rice flour
- 1/2 cup potato starch (NOT potato flour)
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 1/2 cups apples, peeled, cored, and shredded (about 2 apples)
- icing sugar, for dusting (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F; grease either 9 inch round springform pan, or 8 inch square cake pan, and dust with rice flour.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour mix, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon; set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter for about 1 minute or until softened.
- Add both sugars,and beat for about 2 minutes.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until well incorporated.
- Blend in the milk.
- Then turn mixer to low and add the dry ingredients half at a time, beating after each addition, until they are well absorbed.
- Remove the bowl from the stand and gently fold in the shredded apples.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted tests clean and the cake pulls away from the edge of the pan.
- If serving from the pan, cool at least 10 minutes before removing.
- Dust lightly with icing sugar, if desired.
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