Vegan and Gluten-Free Apple Cake

This vegan and gluten-free apple cake is full of warm cinnamon and sweet apple flavor covered in a deliciously decadent and dramatic glaze.  Made with simple ingredients and methods, this is a cake that anyone can master even though it may look fancy.  The texture is light and fluffy and each bite has the perfect amount of plump baked apple chunks that sweeten the deal.  This is a must-make dessert for fall!

Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Cake

Since I can remember, my mom has made apple cake every fall, usually for Rosh Hashanah dinner.  She often gets asked for the recipe and gets amazing compliments from our family and friends.  There are no crumbs left behind.  But, since I’ve developed food sensitivities to gluten, eggs and dairy, I haven’t been able to eat her apple cake.  I’ve really been missing it!

Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Cake

So, this year for Rosh Hashanah I knew I had to master a version that was allergy friendly and also just as delicious as my mom’s traditional apple cake.  After a couple of attempts and my mom’s official taste test approval, I landed on this gluten-free and vegan apple cake which hits all the marks!  Plus, it doesn’t contain any butter, unhealthy oils or refined sugars.  It is tender, flavorful and completely addictive.  My mom was honestly blown away and asked me for the recipe immediately!  She plans to make it this year for the holidays.  Huge win from a picky Jewish mother, right!? 😉

Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Cake

All you need for this gluten-free and vegan apple cake:

Oh, and this to-die-for bundt pan that will get you all the compliments.  It makes for a dramatic glaze situation that is a show-stopper.  I learned about it from my blogger friend, Molly from Spices in My DNA.

To spice it up I used ground cinnamon and apple pie spice.  Your kitchen will have all the yummy fall aromas and vibes when you bake the apple cake.

Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Cake

Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Cake

It’s also in­cred­ibly simple; this recipe would be great for a novice chef.  The apple cake can even be made ahead of time so that when you serve it all you have to do is pour the glaze overtop.

Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Cake

What are the health benefits of apples?

Apples don’t get the same buzz as popular “superfoods”. But don’t overlook them. They are chock-full of powerful disease-fighting nutrients and health benefits, in addition to being affordable and portable.  Apples are low in calories, full of dietary fiber, hydrating, immune boosting and help to meet our daily fruit intake.  According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, apples are loaded with the powerful antioxidant quercetin. Quercetin is a phytochemical with anti-inflammatory and heart-protecting qualities, and may reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells.

This gluten-free and vegan apple cake contains four apples.  I like to use a combination of two tart green apples (Granny Smith) and two sweet red apples (Honeycrisp).  They give a nice variety of apple flavor and the combination makes every bite perfectly balanced.  I also like to dice the apples pretty tiny for this cake.  Some prefer larger apple chunks and that is totally fine too.  But for me, I like every bite to include lots of cake and lots of apples.  Dicing them super small helps ensure each bite is perfection.

Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Cake

How to select the best apples and store them for optimal freshness.

Choose apples with the stem intact. Also try smelling them — you should be able to actually smell the freshness.

Apples can stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to three weeks. Keep them in a plastic bag and away from other foods with strong odors.

Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Cake

Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Cake

The apple cake glaze

The glaze is entirely optional but highly recommended if you know you have a crowd with a sweet tooth.  I personally love it plain and it is healthy enough plain that you can eat it for breakfast.  But, if you are going all out and serving this as the star dessert then definitely go for the glaze.  The glaze does contain refined sugar so while the cake itself is refined sugar-free, glazing it will change that.  You can add a light drizzle of the glaze or really pour it on thick.  Whatever you do just don’t add it too soon before serving it as it will start to sink into the cake over time.

Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Cake

Who’s ready to get baking!?

You all can definitely master this easy apple cake recipe.  I hope this gluten-free and vegan version allows everyone at your next fall feast to enjoy a slice!

Okay now, time to do this thing!  Let’s get baking!

Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Cake

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Gluten-Free and Vegan Apple Cake

Vegan and Gluten-Free Apple Cake


  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 45-50
  • Total Time: 55-60
  • Yield: 16 slices 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This vegan and gluten-free apple cake is full of warm cinnamon and sweet apple flavor covered in a deliciously decadent and dramatic glaze.  Made with simple ingredients and methods, this is a cake that anyone can master even though it may look fancy.  The texture is light and fluffy and each bite has the perfect amount of plump baked apple chunks that sweeten the deal.  This is a must-make dessert for fall!


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Ingredients

For the cake

  • 4 cups gluten-free old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups blanched super fine almond flour (not almond meal)
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or arrowroot flour
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened, plain plant-based milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce or my homemade apple butter*
  • 4 large apples (I used two Granny Smith and two Honeycrisp for a tart and sweet combination), peeled, cored and diced

For the glaze (optional): **

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 tablespoons unsweetened, plain plant-based milk of choice*

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 10-cup bundt pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a high speed blender that is completely dry, add the oats and process until a fine oat flour is formed.  I do not recommend using store-bought oat flour in this recipe.
  3. Add the homemade oat flour and all the dry ingredients (almond flour, arrowroot powder, spices and baking powder) to a large mixing bowl with a pour spout.  Whisk to combine.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into a separate bowl and use a hand mixer to combine.  Pour the combined wet ingredients into the large mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and use the hand mixer to combine well.
  5. Gently fold the diced apples into the cake batter until well incorporated.  Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and use a mini spatula to spread into an even layer.  It should fill the 10-cup bundt pan perfectly.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown.  Watch closely at the end to avoid burning.  Check for doneness with a knife pierced into the thickest part of the cake.
  7. Remove the bundt pan from the oven and set on a safe surface to cool and set for 20-30 minutes.  Place a wire cooling rack on top of the bundt pan and then carefully flip the cake onto the cooling rack so that the rack is now on the bottom beneath the bundt pan.  Carefully and gently lift the bundt pan to reveal the apple cake.  If you are not glazing the cake you can slice and enjoy at this time.  If you are using the glaze see the remaining recipe instructions below.
  8. Allow the cake to fully cool before adding the optional glaze.  You can even stick the cake in the refrigerator or freezer for a bit to really chill the surface so that the glaze will not melt into the cake.
  9. To make the optional glaze, in a mixing bowl add the powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk.  Whisk together well and if a thinner consistency is desired add another tablespoon of milk.  You do want the glaze to have some thickness to it so it sets beautifully on the cake and doesn’t seep into the cake.  Add more powdered sugar for a thicker glaze.
  10. Just before serving, drizzle or pour the glaze overtop the apple cake.  Slice and enjoy.
  11. Store leftover cake in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to five days.

Notes

*The apple butter adds more moisture, sweetness and flavor.  If you use the apple butter in place of the applesauce it will have a deeper apple and cinnamon flavor that makes it all the more delicious.

**This cake is refined sugar-free without the glaze.  It is delicious as is but is extra decadent and beautiful with the glaze.

  • Category: Dessert

Keywords: Vegan and Gluten-Free Apple Cake

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