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!
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!
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!? 😉
All you need for this gluten-free and vegan apple cake:
- almond flour
- arrowroot powder
- coconut oil
- plant-based milk
- maple syrup
- apple sauce
- baking powder
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!Print