Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gluten Free Dairy Free Apple Cake with Honey Glaze

Apple Cake is one of my favorite desserts! The first time I had it was Christmas Eve and I was only 9 years old!  Unfortunately, it took until now for me to find a recipe to try it again.  Yes, it has been 15 years since I have had it; and guess what? ... It is still my favorite!! 

This Apple Cake tastes just like a cinnamon roll.  Better yet.... one of those cinnamon raisin biscuits from Hardee's. It can be eaten for dessert.... or breakfast ;) and I always pretend it's healthy for me because of the apples.  I can pretend right?

Recently my husband and I have built a new home together.  With a new home there comes a lot of new visitors and entertaining.  Visitors and entertaining is fine by me because I love an excuse to cook!  However, my husbands family has started a gluten free-dairy free diet.  When knowing they are coming for dinner I admit I panic a little.  Thinking of gluten free-dairy free recipes may not seem difficult, but at the moment everything we can think of includes some type of noodle or cheese.  I settle with the easy baked chicken and vegetables.  But what about dessert?  I'm known as the dessert queen so it has to be a killer gluten free dessert!  I automatically wanted to try my apple cake.  Except for a tiny bit of butter, this cake has been made completely gluten and dairy free, and it is just as scrumptious as before!

I have made this cake 5 times in the last two months!  I'm guessing it's everyone else's favorite now too :) Once for me, once from my husband's request, once for my mother in law, once for my sister in law, and another by request for my sister in law's housewarming party! 

If you make this Apple Cake, please feel free to come back and leave me a comment telling me what you think!  If you have any suggestions please feel free to share! 

For this cake you will need:

2 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp. honey
4 tbsp. soy milk

3 peeled and diced granny apples
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts (or 1/4 cup Earth's Balance and 1 cup regular chopped walnuts)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs

You will need 3 large bowls, a small bowl, a mixer, and a bundt pan.


1-  Heat oven to 350 and lightly grease bundt pan

2- In a small bowl melt walnuts and 1/2 a stick of unsalted butter in the microwave for about 2  
    minutes.  Stir every 30 seconds.

3- In a large bowl mix the diced apples, walnuts, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Set aside.

4- In a separate large bowl mix the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set this aside as well.

5-  In another large bowl beat the sugar, oil, and eggs for about 2-3 minutes. Add the flour mix and
     beat until well combined.  Fold in the apple mixture.

6-  Scrape batter into the bundt pan and bake in the over for 1 hour 30 min or until done. 

7-  Allow to cool for about an hour before dumping the cake onto a plate.

8-  When you have turned the cake out, in a small bowl, mix the
     powdered sugar with the soy milk.  Mix really good with a spoon making sure to dissolve all
     sugar clumps.  Add the honey and stir very well.  Drizzle the glaze over the Apple Cake.

9- Enjoy!!!

** If you don't want this to be gluten or dairy free:
     Use regular all purpose flour in place of the gluten free
     Use regular milk in place of the soy milk.
     If using Earth's Balance to toast your walnuts, use 1/2 a stick of unsalted butter.



  1. Fantastic!!! I'm going to have to make this for Meghan!!

  2. Boy does this cake look great!!! I could go for a big slab with my tea!

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  4. This looks so delicious and I bet the Granny Smith apples really and a great contrast!

  5. I LOVE apple cakes. This one looks great and the fact that it's GF, well that's just a bonus

  6. Love that super tall Bundt shape!

  7. What a handsome cake :) Well, roles are reversed in our family. I'm the one who is on a strict diet so everybody else has to think of food to cook for me ;) Thankfully, I don't have any allergies so I can make exceptions. Thanks for the lovely recipe!!

  8. This is a gorgeous cake, Crystal! I could eat that glaze with a spoon!

  9. What a beautiful cake! It sounds amazing, and oh my. That GLAZE!

  10. It's been a long time since I had an apple cake! I definitely need to remedy that, soon!

  11. This is such a great looking cake! Do you mind sharing what brand of GF flour you used for this? I feel like they're all so different and don't always swap well.

    1. I have used Domata (comes in a blue and white box) and I have also used Bob's Red Mill. Both have turned out just fine!

  12. Holey moley! That looks delicious! Love that it's gluten-free and uses regular ingredients!

  13. apple cake is delicious. And the glaze.... swoon!

  14. WOW, your apple cake looks amazing! The honey glaze is gorgeous, and I can't wait to try your recipe soon! :)

  15. The perfect combination of flavors right here. Love!

  16. Cinnamon biscuits from HARDEE'S?! OMG. I love the shot of you pouring the icing on the slice of cake... I used to love Hardee's when I was a kid.

  17. Since that's practically healthy I could have like 3 slices right ; ) Yum!

  18. I made a French Apple Cake not too long ago. It's one of my favorite cake flavors. Never had it with a glaze though. I definitely should try this soon!

  19. This looks fantastic! I love apple cake!

  20. apple and honey. this cake looks great. and it is gluten free to boot. hooray!