If you love caramel apples, this moist and delicious gluten-free caramel apple cake will become your favorite apple recipe. Gooey caramel and fresh apple flavors combine into this easy-to-make gluten free caramel apple cake!

A slice of caramel apple cake with caramel being drizzled over the top.

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. This easy apple cake with caramel is one of my favorites because it is full of caramel flavor! I bake the caramel topping right into the cake, making it caramelize the flavors with the apples.

Do you like to bake or cook with apples, or do you prefer to eat them raw? My family is so fast, so if I want to cook with apples, I must be quick. My teens love crisp apples, and this big bag will disappear in a few days. If you love different kinds of apple cake, you will want to try all of my delicious Gluten Free Cake Recipes!

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.

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This was delicious. I added 2 cups chopped apples and it made both of these cakes. Thank you for sharing this recipe.” Susan A., Pinterest comment

Allergen Information:

This simple apple cake is gluten-free, oat-free, and soy-free. If you prefer a nut-free version, substitute 1/2 cup additional gluten-free flour blend and omit the almond flour. 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.

What Apples Are Best For Baking?

Apples are starting to appear in our Campbell farmer’s market, and I bought a big bag of Gravenstein apples. These apples are crisp and slightly tart, which really adds a lot of apple flavor to baking. You can use any apples in this recipe but try for one of the more tart varieties.

  • Pink Ladies
  • Granny Smith
  • Jonagold

If your family loves apples as much as mine does you must also try my new Gluten Free Apple Bundt Cake recipe!

Photos of the caramel apple cake ingredients.

Ingredients Notes:

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend and King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work; I have not tested other flours.
  • Baking Powder – Use aluminum-free baking powder.
  • Caramel – You can use jarred caramel like the one I bought at Trader Joe’s, or you can make a homemade caramel sauce.
  • Brown Sugar – You can also use coconut sugar if you prefer a lower glycemic sweetener.
  • Eggs – Use size large.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter.
  • Non-Dairy Milk – Any non-dairy milk or regular dairy milk is fine.
  • Almond Flour – I highly suggest using almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your cake grainy.
  • Vanilla Bean Paste – You can also use pure vanilla extract. Do not use imitation.
  • Apples – It is optional whether you want to peel the apples.

You will also love these easy gluten free apple crumble bars!

Step-By-Step Directions:

Apple cake steps 1 and 2 photos.

Step 1: Add your dry ingredients, including the sugar, to a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend them together.

Step 2: Add the wet ingredients and whisk to blend in a smaller bowl. I recommend partially melting the butter so it mixes into the batter well.

Looking closely at the egg photo above, you can see the tiny vanilla beans in this vanilla paste. Most grocery stores carry vanilla bean paste, but you can also use pure vanilla extract.

Apple cake photos of steps 3 and 4.

Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and add the chopped apple pieces.

Step 4: Mix the two gently until just barely mixed. Overmixing will make this cake denser. You want to keep your cake light and fluffy. Your batter will look like the photo above.

A caramel apple cake ready to bake.

Step 5: Spray an 8×8 baking pan with gluten-free baking spray. After pouring the batter into the pan, spread it out evenly so it is flat on top. Pour the caramel over the top.

Step 6: Bake at 350º F for 35 minutes. The caramel then bakes into this cake, and that caramel flavor seeps deep into the cake. 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 needs to bake longer.

An 8x8 pan with the baked cake.

Recipe FAQ:

How do you know when the cake is baked?

To test to see if this cake is baked through, insert a toothpick into the center of the apple cake. If the toothpick comes back clean, the cake is ready. It needs to bake a bit longer if you see batter or crumbs on the toothpick.

Can you use vanilla extract instead of paste?

You can definitely use vanilla extract if you can’t find the vanilla paste. You can also use vanilla beans.

How long will this cake keep fresh?

This apple cake will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You must keep it in a sealed container so it doesn’t dry out.

A slice of cake before drizzling the caramel on it.

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:

Love This Recipe?

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

Gluten Free Caramel Apple Cake

Sandi Gaertner
One of my very favorites, this gluten free caramel apple cake is so easy to make!
4.75 from 72 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cake Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices
Calories 447 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • 1 cup almond flour * see note
  • ¾ cup brown sugar * see note
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup chopped apples
  • cups almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • ½ cup caramel I used Trader Joe’s jar of caramel

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Spray an 8×8 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.
  • Mix until just barely mixed. This light blending will help to keep your cake light and fluffy.
  • Pour the batter into a baking dish and then drizzle caramel on top.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until done. See tips to know if the cake is done baking below
  • Allow to cool.

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. I highly suggest using almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your cake grainy.
  4. I used bottled coconut milk (refrigerator case in grocery stores) but other dairy-free kinds of milk or regular milk will work. I do not recommend canned coconut milk
  5. 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 needs to bake longer.
  6. Please make sure you check the ingredients of any caramel you use if you are not making it from scratch. Caramel color is often a phrase for something that contains gluten.

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: 447kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 8gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 260mgPotassium: 196mgFiber: 5gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 429IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 168mgIron: 2mg
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89 Comments

    1. Hi Angie, I talked about this in the recipe FAQ, about 3/4 down the post. “If you prefer a nut-free version, substitute ½ cup additional gluten free flour blend instead of the almond flour.” I hope this helps.

    1. Hi Linda, you can easily double the recipe to fill a 9×13 pan. You will need to bake it longer, I am sorry I don’t have an exact time as I haven’t done this. Use a toothpick to test the cake to be sure it is done baking.

  1. Thx for the recipe I can’t wait to make it,I to am gluten free also soy free I will have to make my own carmal store brand has soy in it. It’s ok I love to cook and bake. I use pillsbeary gluten free flour love that flour and not expensive get it at Walmart. Thx again Cindy from Colorado

    1. I will look for the Pillsbury gf blend Cindy, thank you. I believe the caramel recipe I linked in this recipe is soy free as well. Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  2. Hello I got home with all the ingredients and realized I have vanilla almond milk and this recipe states to use just almond milk. Would vanilla be okay?

    1. Hi Christina, you didn’t mention if your almond milk was sweetened. If it is, you may consider reducing the sugar amount in the recipe a little bit…otherwise it should be fine.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday and it is delicious!! I did make as directed and used Cup4cup gf flour. After it was in the oven for about 12 mins. I checked it and it looked like it wouldn’t cook in the 25 mins. I will reassure you and tell you in the next 15 mins. It rose beautifully and smelled heavenly! Next time I will add more apples and nuts. Love the caramel and apple combination. Can’t wait to try your other recipes. Just to let you know, I served to non gf friends and they loved it and didn’t know, He He!

    1. I am so glad you liked this recipe Karen, and thank you for letting us know Cup4Cup works in this recipe. Have a great weekend!

  4. 5 stars
    I am so excited for the beginning of Fall. Sweaters, boots, and apple and caramel flavored everything! Thanks for sharing such a great gluten-free cake recipe for the Fall!

  5. Apples and cinnamon is a match made in heaven! I haven’t had an apple cake in a very long time, and you just made me want to go to the kitchen and bake one for myself.

  6. 5 stars
    I am so excited that Fall is just around the corner! This gf caramel apple cake is definitely going on the must-make list! It is the perfect way to welcome Fall!

  7. 5 stars
    We are beginning to see new crop of apples here . I have a friend visiting whose little boy can not have wheat and dairy. What would you recommend as a good substitute for butter here ? oil or shortening ?
    This will be such a nice treat to share with him !

    1. I am so jealous. I miss picking apples. If you can’t use butter, I would highly recommend coconut oil.

  8. In March I found out I’m gluten sensitive. Next week is my birthday and I have been wondering what I was going to do. I love apples and love caramel even more. This will be my birthday cake. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Hi! This cake sounds so yummy! Would like to bring it for thanksgiving this year. Do you know if it travels well? I would have to make it one or even two days before plus a 4 hour car ride…

    1. Hi Robin, I honestly don’t know. I have yet to have this cake last more than an hour because my family pounces! If you try it, please stop back and let us know how it worked.