This super moist gluten-free apple cake is filled with fresh apples and topped with caramel drizzle. It’s perfect for any party or gathering and served best with ice cream.
Made with simple ingredients and basic instructions, this cake is perfect for fall and the holidays. Fresh red apples from the apple orchard for farmers market make this cake to die for.
I love using Kodiak Cakes baking mix for this recipe because it’s gluten-free and turns out so well. My chocolate orange cake is another gluten-free cake that turns out wonderfully every time.
In addition to this apple cake, my egg nog cake with cream cheese is another holiday hit. I love bringing desserts to the holiday gatherings because they’re more fun to make and everyone enjoys them.
Subscribe to This Vivacious Life
Receive a free e-book of Instant Pot recipes!
What’s are the best apples for apple cake?
My favorite thing to do when making an apple cake is using a variety of different kinds of apples. This allows for all kinds of apple flavor. Honey crisp, granny smith, golden delicious apples, pink lady, etc. combine nicely to give you sweetness, tartness, and a crisp taste.
What’s in a gluten-free apple cake?
There’s a lot of different ways to make an apple cake but using kodiak cakes and other simple ingredients is my favorite way. See the recipe card for the full list of ingredients.
Kodiak Cakes Mix
I love the gluten-free baking and flapjacks mix from Kodiak Cakes for this easy recipe. Kodiak cakes is a gluten-free flour blend made with oat flour which bakes nicely and tastes great. If you don’t have kodiak cake mix, gluten-free all purpose flour will work just fine.
A combination of brown and white sugar gives this cake the perfect amount of sweetness. The brown sugar adds a rich flavor while the white sugar gives it that classic dessert taste.
A combination of cinnamon, allspice, and salt gives this recipe a warm fall flavor that everyone loves. Feel free to add more or less of any spice.
Whole or 2% milk seems to work best in this recipe but if you want a gluten-free and dairy free cake, almond milk will work as well.
Eggs give this cake structure so don’t forget to add them!
As stated before, a variety of apples gives this cake a nice flavor but you can use whatever apples you have on hand.
How do you make a gluten-free apple cake?
This gluten-free apple cake recipe is super easy and need for fancy equipment or professional baking skills! See the recipe card for the full list of instructions.
Step 1: Combine all dry ingredients together in a stand mixer or large bowl.
Step 2: Add in sugar and 1/2 C butter and mix well.
Step 3: With an electric mixer beat in the rest of the wet ingredients.
Step 4: Meanwhile use nonstick spray to spray a 9 inch standard cake pan or bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray
Step 5: Place 1/2 C butter into the bottom of the pan then sprinkle with 2/3 brown sugar evenly
Step 6: Place sliced apples in concentric circles on top of the brown sugar and press them down
Step 7: Pour the cake batter over apple slices
Step 8: Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out crumby but clean
Step 9: Meanwhile, bring 1/2 C butter, 1 C brown sugar and 2 T cream to a boil while whisking constantly
Step 10: Drizzle caramel over top of the cake
Pro tip: You can skip steps 9 and 10 if you’d rather use store-bought caramel over homemade caramel.
Expert tips and FAQs
Yes you can this easy freeze gluten-free apple cake wrapped in plastic wrap or in an airtight container. The cake freezes very well but I do recommend cooling the cake on a cooling rack before freezing.
Sometime gluten-free cakes soak up the moisture more than traditional cakes but the fix for this is adding more fat. This recipe calls for enough melted butter and whole milk to ensure this cake is anything but dry.
I like adding xanthan gum to gluten free recipes to help the ingredients bind together. This recipe along with many of my other gluten free baking recipes calls for xanthan gum.
Need an EASY and delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert?
Take a look at my Sheet Pan Meals and More!
Gluten Free Apple Cake
- 2 1/4 cups Kodiak Cakes gluten-free baking and flapjacks mix or gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoons xanthan gum
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoons allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup whole or 2% milk
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 small apples cut into 1/4 inch slices
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 tabelspoons heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine all dry ingredients together in a stand mixer
- Add in sugar and 1/2 C butter and mix well
- Beat in eggs then milk and vanilla
- Meanwhile spray a 9 inch cake pan with non-stick cooking spray
- Place 1/2 C butter into the bottom of the pan then sprinkle with 2/3 brown sugar evenly
- Place sliced apples in concentric circles on top of the brown sugar and press them down
- Pour the cake over apples
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out crumby but clean
- Meanwhile, bring 1/2 C butter, 1 C brown sugar and 2 T cream to a boil while whisking constantly
- Drizzle over cooled cake
- I recommend using really good quality butter like Kerrygold since it is a big star in this recipe.
- You can skip steps 10 and 11 if you’d rather use store-bought caramel over homemade caramel.
If you like this recipe, you may like these as well…