If you aren’t sure whether you’re on “team apple pie” or “team apple cake,” not to worry. This recipe for Gluten Free Irish Apple Cake is kind of somewhere in the middle. Loaded with cinnamon laced chunky apples, and topped with a nutty crumble, this gluten free cake is what autumn dreams are made of. I love it because it’s not overly sweet – which means that it’s equally suitable for breakfast or dessert (or anything in between).Jump to Recipe
What kind of apples do you use for an apple cake?
It can be overwhelming when trying to decide what kind of apples to use for an apple cake. The apples you select should be firm, tart, and blemish free. I like to use a combination Granny Smith and Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples. Granny Smith apples can be too tart, and Honeycrisp and Pink Lady apples help cut that tartness, without being overly sweet.
How do I make an apple cake?
I love this Gluten Free Irish Apple Cake recipe because it’s very easy to make. It’s best to use a hand or stand mixer, but it has very few ingredients and comes together quickly. I’ve adapted the recipe from one of my favorite blogs, The View From Great Island. Here’s what you need to make an apple cake:
- Apples – I like to either use a combination of Granny Smith or Pink Lady apples, or only Pink Lady apples. It all depends on how tart you like your cakes (and what’s available). This recipe calls for three large apples, peeled and cut into chunks.
- All Purpose Flour Blend – I like Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1
- Baking Powder, Cinnamon, and Sea Salt
- Salted Butter – I almost always used salted butter in my baking recipes (don’t tell anyone).
- Sugar – I use regular sugar in the cake batter and brow sugar in the crumble topping
- Eggs – this recipe calls for two eggs and they should be at room temperature
- Heavy Cream – just a splash (three tablespoons)
The cake also has the most delicious crumble topping with brown sugar, toasted walnuts, and gluten-free oats.
To me, this Gluten Free Irish Apple Cake is the perfect fall treat. The ratio of batter to chopped apples makes this the closest thing to apple pie you can get – with it still being a cake! It will make your whole house smell amazing and it’s equally delicious with a cup of coffee in the morning or a scoop of ice cream with dessert. I’ve even topped it with Smitten Kitchen’s Salted Caramel Sauce and it was bonkers delicious.
Love gluten free apple treats? Here are a few more gluten free delicious apple recipes to try:
- Gluten-Free Mini Caramel Apple Cakes
- Recipe for Gluten-Free French Apple Cake
- Baked Gluten-Free Apple Cider Doughnuts
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Easy Gluten Free Irish Apple Cake Recipe
For the cake:
- 1/2 cup salted butter at room temperature 113 g
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar 100 g
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream 45 mL
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose gluten free flour blend 150 g
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 large Granny Smith or Pink Lady apples peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9-inch springform pan with gluten free cooking spray
- Using a stand or hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
- In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture, along with the cream and vanilla. Stir in the apples.
- Spoon the batter into your prepared pan, and smooth out evenly.
- Prepare the Streusel. Put the flour, oats, and brown sugar in a medium bowl and whisk together. Add the butter and using your hands, or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it turns into coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the cake.
- Bake for about 50 minutes to an hour, until the top is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pan and release the sides. Serve warm or at room temp with vanilla ice cream or salted caramel sauce (or both). Wrap tightly to store at room temperature for up to thre days.
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