gluten free apple cake

Gluten Free Apple Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Author Jill from Simply Jillicious


For the Cake

  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup grated apple (peeled and cored) Or finely chopped if you prefer. About 1 medium apple.
  • 1/2 cup finely diced walnuts

For the Caramel Frosting

  • 3/4 cup homemade dairy free caramel sauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream the solid part on top of a refrigerated full fat can of coconut milk. It will take 1-2 cans depending on the brand.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a glass 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves.
  • Add in the eggs, maple syrup, oil, vanilla extract, and coconut milk.
  • Let the cake batter sit for 5 minutes while you peel, core, and grate the apples with a cheese grater.
  • Finely dice the walnuts, and add them to the mixing bowl along with the shredded apples.  Mix well until combined, and pour into a parchment lined 8x8 glass baking dish.
  • Place into a 350℉ oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the middle feels bouncy when touched and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool to room temperature before frosting. (See notes)

For the Frosting

  • Add the cold coconut cream (the solid part of a can of full fat coconut milk), caramel sauce, ground cinnamon and vanilla into a mixing bowl.
  • Use a hand mixer to thouroughly mix all the ingredients together until smooth and airy.
  • If you don't have a hand mixer, a whisk will do. Please note that it may not be as light and fluffy as it would be if you used a hand mixer.


I like to stick the cake in the fridge and serve it cold - it's delicious!  
If the caramel frosting isn't something you want to tackle, this cinnamon maple glaze would be fabulous on top.  Or just a drizzle of homemade dairy free caramel sauce.  Yum!
You can place the caramel frosting in the fridge to firm up a bit if needed.