Delicious Gluten-Free Apple Sponge Recipe

Apples are nature’s way of keeping us healthy and happy. They’re a versatile fruit that can be eaten raw, baked or cooked in a variety of dishes. And what better way to enjoy this delicious fruit than in a gluten-free apple sponge cake?

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I believe that eating healthy shouldn’t mean sacrificing taste. That’s why I’ve created this easy-to-follow recipe for a gluten-free apple sponge cake to satisfy your sweet tooth without any harmful gluten or dairy.

This gluten-free apple sponge cake recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to indulge in a delicious dessert but still maintains a healthy and conscious lifestyle. Whether you’re gluten-intolerant or simply want to reduce your gluten intake, this recipe will make you feel satisfied and delighted.

The combination of juicy apples, warm cinnamon, and fluffy sponge will tantalize your taste buds without weighing heavy on your stomach.

So, grab some fresh apples and let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Apple Sponge
Gluten Free Apple Sponge

If you’re looking for a gluten-free and dairy-free apple cake recipe that is easy to make, look no further than this gluten-free apple sponge recipe. This delicious recipe is perfect for those who have dietary restrictions but still want to indulge in the sweet and tender apple cake. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or need a little something sweet for your afternoon tea, this recipe has got you covered.

One of the things that sets this cake apart from others is its texture. The sponge is light and fluffy, but also rich and moist, thanks to the use of almond flour and cornflour. These ingredients help give the cake a tender crumb and a nutty flavor that complements the sweetness of the apples perfectly.

Speaking of apples, this recipe uses two large ones, peeled and thinly sliced. You can use any type of apple you like, but Granny Smith or Pink Lady apples work particularly well because they add tartness and complexity to the flavor profile. Plus, apples are a great source of fiber, vitamins C and K, and antioxidants.

Another reason why you’ll love this recipe is that it’s versatile. You can serve it warm with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for a cozy dessert, or cold with a cup of hot tea for a tasty breakfast treat. Plus, you can swap out the apples for pears or even berries if you’re feeling adventurous.

Lastly, this gluten-free apple sponge recipe is perfect for those who are new to gluten-free baking. The ingredients are simple and easy to find at your grocery store or online. Plus, this cake doesn’t require any fancy techniques or equipment; all you need is a mixing bowl, a whisk, and a baking pan.

In conclusion, you’ll love this recipe because it’s deliciously sweet yet balanced by tartness from the apples, versatile enough to enjoy at any time of day or occasion, and an excellent way to indulge your sweet tooth while still adhering to a gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyle.

Ingredient List

 Sweet and spicy gluten-free apple sponge
Sweet and spicy gluten-free apple sponge

Here is a detailed list of the ingredients you will need to make this gluten-free apple sponge cake recipe:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornflour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 cups thinly sliced granny smith apples, peeled and cored

Optional Almond Topping:

  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Note that these ingredients are all [dairy-free and gluten-free]. The quantities mentioned will be enough to bake an apple sponge cake in a bundt pan with a diameter of about [8 to 10 inches]. You can always double or halve the recipe depending on your requirements.

The Recipe How-To

 Warm and comforting dessert perfect for any time of the year
Warm and comforting dessert perfect for any time of the year

Mix the Dry Ingredients

To start off, preheat your oven to 325°F. Then, in a bowl, mix together 1 1/4 cups of gluten-free flour blend (such as King Arthur), 1/2 cup of cornflour, 2 tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp of ground cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp of ground cloves until well combined.

Blend the Wet Ingredients

In another bowl, whisk together 4 large eggs, 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar or caster sugar if available, and 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter which has been softened to room temperature.

If you want a dairy-free option, substitute vegan butter or coconut oil which can be softened at room temperature. Simply replace the butter with equal amounts of vegan butter or coconut oil.

Combine the Dry and Wet Ingredients

After that, mix the dry mixture into the bowl containing wet mixture in three parts each time, mixing well between each addition.

Then add in 3 cups of thinly sliced granny smith apples or any kind of sweet-tart apple such as pink lady. Be sure to peel them beforehand. Mix until all ingredients are coated evenly.

Bake the Cake

Next, divide the batter equally between two greased and floured 9-inch baking pans or one bundt cake pan. This recipe yields for two 9-inch cakes or one bundt cake.

Bake it for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in its center comes out clean. The cake should be golden-brown when finished.

Once baked, remove them from the pan(s) and let them cool completely before frosting.

Decorate Your Cake

You can decorate your gluten-free apple sponge cake with powdered sugar dusting on top for a simple finish, or make an almond topping by mixing 1/4 cup of almond flour and 2 tablespoons of caster sugar or brown sugar together, then sprinkling it all over the cake.


Substitutions and Variations

 Biting into the soft apple chunks is like getting a hug from the inside
Biting into the soft apple chunks is like getting a hug from the inside

The beauty of this Gluten Free Apple Sponge Recipe is how adaptable it is. Here are some substitutions and variations to try:

– Flour: If you don’t have cornflour or almond flour, you can use an all-purpose Gluten-free flour blend instead. I recommend Bob’s Red Mill because it contains Xanthan gum, which will give your cake a soft and fluffy texture.

– Sugar: Caster sugar can be substituted with granulated sugar. Or if you prefer a sweeter cake, you can use brown sugar or coconut sugar.

– Eggs: For an egg-free version, try replacing the eggs with 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce per egg. This will make the cake more tender and moist. Chia seeds or flax meal (1 tablespoon mixed with 3 tablespoons of water) can also be used as an egg replacement.

– Dairy-free option: If you are looking for a dairy-free version, simply swap the butter with coconut oil or vegan butter. This will make your cake moist without any dairy.

– Apples: You can use any type of fresh apples for this recipe, but Granny Smith or Pink Lady apples work best in terms of tartness and sweetness balance. Switching up the type of apple will change the flavor profile of the cake; using sweet apples will result in a sweeter cake while tart apples will add some tanginess to the flavor.

– Toppings and mix-ins: You can add in 1/2 cup of chopped nuts such as walnuts or pecans to give your cake extra crunch. You can also sprinkle some cinnamon over the top before baking to enhance its aroma and taste.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with new ingredients and flavors!

Serving and Pairing

 A gluten-free dessert that everyone can enjoy
A gluten-free dessert that everyone can enjoy

Serve this gluten-free apple sponge cake warm or cold with a cup of coffee or tea for a perfect afternoon treat. You can choose to drizzle it with honey or dust confectioners’ sugar over the top before serving. For an extra indulgence, you can top it with dairy-free whipped cream or coconut cream.

This apple sponge cake is also an excellent choice for breakfast. Pair it with almond milk or Greek yogurt, and you will have a filling and nutritious morning meal. This cake is also perfect for sharing during special gatherings, such as birthdays, holiday parties, or potlucks.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a dollop of caramel or chocolate sauce to your slice of apple sponge cake. You can also pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a comforting dessert.

For those who prefer something more savory, the apple sponge cake goes perfectly with a sharp cheddar cheese or brie cheese board. Served with some crackers, dried fruits, and nuts on the side, this pairing makes for a delicious snack plate that everyone will surely love.

No matter how you serve and pair this gluten-free apple sponge cake recipe, its tender texture and heartwarming flavors will definitely leave everyone craving for more.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your health goals
Satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your health goals

You’ll be happy to know that this gluten-free apple sponge cake freezes well in an airtight container or ziploc bag. You can also refrigerate it for up to three days, and the texture will remain soft and fluffy with a tender apple flavor.

To freeze the cake, allow it to cool completely, double-wrap it in plastic wrap, and store it in an airtight container in the freezer. Alternatively, you can wrap individual slices with plastic wrap or parchment paper and store them in freezer bags.

When you’re ready to serve, remove the cake from the freezer or fridge, peel off the plastic wrap, and let the cake sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour before serving. You can also reheat individual slices of cake in the microwave, warmed at 10-second intervals until heated through.

For serving suggestions, dust the top of each slice with powdered sugar or whipped cream. You can also add a dollop of vanilla ice cream to enhance its flavors.

Overall, this apple sponge recipe is perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea or dessert time alike. It’s a delicious and moist take on traditional cake recipes that will surely entice your taste buds!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Impress your guests with this beautiful, fluffy gluten-free apple sponge
Impress your guests with this beautiful, fluffy gluten-free apple sponge

For perfectly fluffy and tender gluten-free sponge cake, follow these simple tips.

Firstly, make sure you use room temperature eggs as this will help them to incorporate into the batter more easily. Cold eggs could result in a lumpy batter that doesn’t rise as well.

Secondly, sift your dry ingredients such as almond flour and cornflour before measuring them out. This will ensure that any lumps are removed and the ingredients are evenly distributed.

Thirdly, don’t overmix the batter once you have added the dry ingredients. Gluten-free flours don’t need as much mixing to develop their structure, so be careful not to overwork the batter and end up with a tough cake.

Fourthly, when adding the apple slices to the batter, make sure they are thinly sliced so that they cook through in the baking process.

Fifthly, for an extra boost of flavour, try mixing up the types of apples you use in the recipe. Using a combination of Granny Smith and Pink Lady apples can give your cake a balance of tartness and sweetness.

Sixthly, let the cake cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes after taking it out of the oven before attempting to remove it from the pan. This will allow it to set properly and avoid any collapsing or breaking.

Lastly, if you want to add a bit of crunch to your cake, try sprinkling some almond topping on top before putting it in the oven. This will add texture and flavour without overpowering the delicate sponge.

By following these tips, you’ll have yourself a delicious and perfectly baked gluten-free apple sponge cake!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free apple sponge recipe is a must-try for anyone craving a soft and moist cake that doesn’t compromise on flavor or health benefits. With the perfect blend of almond flour, cornflour, baking powder, and caster sugar, you’re in for a sweet and satisfying treat. This recipe proves that eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland or boring. Plus, with apple season just around the corner, there’s no better way to indulge in your love for apples than with this cake!

So be sure to give this recipe a try and impress your loved ones with this delicious dessert option. I hope my detailed instructions, tips and recommendations help you create the most tender apple chiffon sponge cake with ease. Don’t hesitate to explore different variations and add your personal touches based on your preference. Just remember to use high-quality ingredients, follow the measurements and procedures carefully, and let your creativity shine through! Happy baking!

Gluten Free Apple Sponge

Gluten Free Apple Sponge Recipe

You wouldn't notice it's gluten free! Delicious!
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 1 pie
Calories 228.2 kcal


  • 4 large apples
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 30 g mixed peel (sultanas, raisins etc)
  • 60 ml water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

For sponge topping

  • 2 eggs
  • 70 g caster sugar
  • 80 g cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • Peel, core, quarter and slice apples. Place in saucepan with sugar, water, spices and mixed peel. Cook uncovered for about 10 minutes or until apples are tender.
  • To make sponge topping: beat eggs in small bowl with electric mixer until thick and creamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until it is dissolved. Fold in sifted flour.
  • Spoon hot apple mixture into a deep round ovenproof dish and spread sponge topping over. Ensure that the apple mixture is as hot as possible before spreading the topping.
  • Bake uncovered for about 25 minutes.

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Serving: 209gCalories: 228.2kcalCarbohydrates: 51.4gProtein: 3.4gFat: 2.4gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 87.3mgFiber: 4.7gSugar: 35.6g
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