If you love caramel apples, this moist and delicious gluten free caramel apple cake will become your favorite apple recipe.
Fall is around the corner and I am so excited to get fresh organic apples again.
This easy gluten free caramel apple cake recipe will help you use those yummy apples :-).”
What recipes do you like to make with apples?
Do you like to bake or cook with apples, or do you prefer to eat them raw? My family is so fast, if I want to cook with apples, I will have to be quick. My teens love crisp apples and this big bag will be gone in just a few days.
What kinds of apples can you use in this apple cake recipe?
Any apple flavor will work in this recipe, but I am partial to Gravenstein apples.
Apples are starting to show up in our Campbell farmer’s market and I bought a big bag of Gravenstein apples. These apples are crisp and slightly tart, which really add a lot of apple flavor to baking. You can use any apples in this recipe but try for one of the more tart varieties.
You may think I am silly. I know apples are available all year round, but in the spring and summer they are usually imported from far away, or they come from cold storage. When they are freshly picked, they are firm and juicy.
Other apple varieties you can use in this recipe include:
- Pink Ladies
- Granny Smith
Lucky for me my family loves to eat cake. There are a few delicious apple cakes here on the blog, including Gluten Free French Apple Cakes and this Fool Proof Gluten Free Apple Cake. Both cakes are incredible and full of apples…but it was time for me to make something a little different. I hid away 3 apples so I could make an apple sheet cake for them :-).
Why Caramel Makes This Cake Great:
Do you know what is special about this dessert? It is full of caramel flavor because I bake the caramel topping right into the cake. If you love caramel apple flavor, this cake is going to quickly become your favorite fall cake recipe!
You can use jarred caramel like the one I bought at Trader Joe’s, or you can make a homemade caramel sauce.
Can you make this gluten free apple cake recipe nut free?
This cake is so easy to make, and I included almond flour to add extra protein. If you prefer a nut-free version, substitute 1/2 cup additional gluten free flour blend instead of the almond flour.
Can you make this apple cake recipe dairy free?
You can make this cake dairy free as well. Substitute 2/3 cup coconut oil instead of butter. For dairy free caramel, check out this delicious dairy free caramel recipe.
I used dairy free almond milk in this recipe, but you can also use flax milk.
How To Make Gluten Free Apple Cake:
If you look closely at the egg photo above, you can see the tiny vanilla beans in this vanilla paste. You will LOVE Rodelle’s Vanilla Paste because it adds so much real vanilla taste, with no alcohol aftertaste!
I can’t tell you enough how much I LOVE this high quality vanilla bean paste.
After you put the batter into your pan, pour caramel over the top. Bake at 350F degrees for 25-30 minutes.
The caramel then bakes into this cake and the caramel seeps deep into the cake.
If you love apples as much as we do, give one of these gluten free apple recipes a try!
More Gluten Free Desserts to Try:
- Gluten Free Lemon Sour Cream Cakes
- Gluten Free Orange Almond Flour Cake
- Gluten Free Caramel Apple Tart with Vanilla Custard
Tools Used To Make This Caramel Apple Cake Recipe:
- 8×8 baking dish. I love this pan because it is the perfect size for so many baked items I make.
- Whisk. Sounds silly, but this is what I use to mix my wet and dry ingredients in their bowls. Then I use a spoon to mix the wet and dry ingredients together.
- Gluten Free Flour Blend. This mix time and time again in almost all of my baked recipes. It just works.
Easy gluten free caramel apple sheet cake recipe
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Spray an 8x8 baking pan with coconut oil.
In a medium bowl, add all wet ingredients and blend.
In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients and whisk. (*Note, if your gluten free flour blend doesn't contain xanthan gum, add 1 teaspoon.)
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and add the apples.
Pour the batter into a baking dish and then drizzle caramel on top.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until done.
Allow to cool.
This recipe has been featured on Better Homes and Gardens in 10 ways to enjoy a Caramel Apple (that’s not a caramel apple).
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