If you love apple cake, this easy Gluten-Free German Apple Cake is a delicious dessert recipe to try. Each bite is full of tender sweet apples. Double the recipe if you are feeding a crowd! I include a video below to show you how easy this German apple cake is to make.

A slice of gluten free German apple cake on a small white plate.

This gluten free version of our family’s German apple cake recipe is just as good as the real thing! Crisp fresh apples and lots of cinnamon give this cake so much flavor. This homemade gluten-free German apple cake recipe is one of my husband’s family favorites. It is one of many German dessert recipes I can’t wait to share with you. This cake is really easy to make in just a few easy steps.

This cake has lots of easy substitutions depending on any other food allergies you may have. If you love apples as much as we do, check out these delicious gluten free apple recipes. I have over 100 delicious gluten free cake recipes to try. I hope you can check them out.

Allergen Information:

This easy apple cake recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and nut-free. I am happy to say this recipe is also refined sugar-free as well!

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Ingredient Notes:

I modified this recipe from my husband’s family because we are trying to reduce our processed sugar intake. You can use cane sugar if you prefer. Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index and still sweetens baking nicely.

  1. Apples – I used Pink Lady apples. I prefer tart apples, but any variety will taste great.
  2. Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure and Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 flour blends. Other blends should work, but note you may need to add more or less liquid depending on how starchy your blend is.
  3. Baking Powder – Use aluminum-free.
  4. Coconut Sugar – I used golden coconut sugar, which will make your cake darker. You can use regular sugar or brown sugar in this cake recipe.
  5. Coconut Oil – Be sure to melt the oil before mixing it into the wet ingredients.
  6. Eggs – Use size large.
  7. Vanilla Extract – I recommend using pure vanilla extract.
  8. Brown Sugar – This is for coating the apples.

Substitutions:

  • Coconut sugar swap: Feel free to use regular organic sugar for this recipe if you would like. Either way, this cake is perfectly sweet.
  • Coconut oil swap: You can use any mild flavored oil or butter in this recipe.

Step-By-Step Directions:

Pouring wet ingredients into the dry ingredients for this German apple cake recipe.

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients. Whisk to blend.

Step 2: Add the wet ingredients to a smaller bowl. If your coconut oil is solid, melt it for 20 seconds in the microwave oven.

Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

A bowl of cake batter.

Step 4: Mix the wet and dry ingredients into a cake batter similar to mine. As shown in this picture, your cake batter will be thick.

🔑 Sandi says: HINT: Do not overmix the cake batter. Mix it in a bowl by hand, and don’t use a standing mixer. Overmixing this batter will make your cake dense!

The cut apple slices with blond coconut sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

Step 5: In a separate bowl, add the blond coconut sugar and cinnamon to the peeled and cut-up apple slices. Although you do not have to peel your apples, I recommend doing so for this recipe.

Apple slices on top of the cake batter in an 8x8 pan.

Step 4: Pour the cake batter into a greased 8×8 baking pan. Top with the apple mixture. Press the apples down a bit so they set into the cake.

Step 5: Bake at 350º F for 40 minutes until the cake is done. The apples will look soft, and the cake will be firm to the touch.

Baked German apple cake sliced.

Step 6: Allow the German apple cake to cool. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, the cake must be baked longer.

Slice the cake into nine slices and serve. You can eat it plain or top it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!

The top view of a slice of apple cake, lots of baked apple slices are on top.

If you love German desserts, try this easy Gluten Free Peach Kuchen recipe too!

Recipe FAQ:

Should you peel the apples before making this cake?

Although you can leave the peels on, I prefer to make this cake with peeled apples.

What is the best apple for baking cake?

Many apple types will work in this easy German apple cake recipe. Here are some of my favorites: Gravenstein, Granny Smith, Gala, Pippin, and Pink Lady.

How do you store apple cake?

This cake will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Reader Adaptations:

A photo of reader Vijaya's baked German apple cake.
Vijaya M. made her cake with half coconut oil and half nut oil.
My reader, Iza's photo of her German apple cake.
Iza’s photo of her Gluten-Free German Apple Cake.

Iza mixed her apples throughout the cake and dusted the top with powdered sugar.

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If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Include which flour blend you used. This helps others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A slice of gluten free German apple cake on a small white plate.

Gluten Free German Apple Cake

Sandi Gaertner
This delicious cake was an old family recipe that I converted to gluten free. If you love apples, you need to try this Gluten Free German Apple Cake recipe.
4.98 from 43 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cake Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 9 slices
Calories 241 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup gluten free flour blend * see note
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar * see note
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder aluminum-free
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For Apple Mixture

  • 2 apples (peel removed and sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Set the oven rack to the middle of the oven.
  • Peel and slice apples into thin slices. (Peeling is optional.)
  • In a large mixing bowl, add dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
  • In a smaller mixing bowl add the wet ingredients and mix well.
  • In a third bowl, add apples, 1/4 cup coconut sugar and cinnamon. Toss to coat.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Spray an 8×8 pan with coconut oil. Add the batter and spread it out.
  • Add the apple slices on top of the batter and press gently into the cake batter. 
  • Bake the cake for 40 minutes until done.

Video

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  2. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  3. You can use regular sugar instead of coconut sugar in the cake for a light colored cake. 
  4. This cake will keep up to 4 days in an airtight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 50mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 2gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 75IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 38mgIron: 1mg
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54 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    When I first saw this recipe, I couldn’t believe that it was gluten free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. But now that I’ve made it, I can confirm that it is all of those things and still incredibly delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    We loved this german apple cake. I used cassava flour with I teaspoon xanthan as the gluten free flour and it worked well. I was out of coconut oil and butter but I had palm fruit oil which was okay, but not as tasty as it would have been if I had used coconut or butter.. I baked it in my breadmaker in the loaf pan and it was fine. Will make this again. !

    1. Wow, that is great to know about the cassava flour working in this recipe. Thank you so much for coming to let me know. I am sure other readers will love your tweaks.

  3. Can this be made with Almond flour or coconut or other such Paleo flours? The gluten free flours have many ingredients I can’t have.

    1. Hi Kerry, Almond flour and coconut flour do not work on their own well. I haven’t tested this recipe with any paleo flour blends so I am not sure how to advise you.

  4. Hello, I’m just about to make this recipe, and in the notes, you talk about dairy free milk options, but I don’t see any mention of amount in the ingredients list. Can you update this?

      1. Could I confirm, there is no milk dairy free or otherwise in this recipe correct? The only wet ingredients are the oil, vanilla and eggs right?