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Gluten-Free Fresh Apple Cake

This healthy gluten-free apple cake is perfect for breakfast or brunch! It's made with wholesome ingredients, is easy to put together and tastes amazing!
Course Baked Goods
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cake, fresh apple cake, gluten-free apple cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16 squares
Calories 192kcal


for the cake:

for the frosting:


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a square 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, combine your eggs, milk, applesauce, apple butter, and oil. Beat these into the dry ingredients until a very thick batter begins to form. Fold in the apple.
  • Transfer all the batter into the pan and smooth with the back of your spoon.
  • Bake in the center of your warmed oven for 35 - 38 minutes. Test with a cake tester by placing it in the center of the cake. If there is nothing on the stick when you remove it, the cake is ready!
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.
  • For the frosting, beat together the cream cheese, butter and maple syrup using electric beaters or stand mixer with the whisk attachment (my preferred method). Once smooth, beat in the arrowroot powder.
  • Dollop the frosting on top of the cake and smooth it out with an offset spatula. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired and enjoy!



* toasting your quinoa flour will mellow out the flavor a bit and get rid of the bitterness. not sure how to toast it? here's a tutorial on how to toast quinoa flour!
** if you want to reduce the sugar, skip the frosting!


Serving: 1square | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg