Mouthwatering Gluten Free French Apple Cakes

If you loved French pastries before going gluten free, you are going to want to make this Gluten Free French Apple Cakes recipe again and again! Pin this recipe right away so you will always have it easily accessible!

Gluten Free French Apple Cakes on plates

Who misses French pastries? How about apple cakes?

I do!!

How long has it been since you could enjoy such a treat?

Mr. Fearless Dining and I been to France a couple of times over the years, many years ago before we realized we were gluten intolerant. We used to eat a lot of pastries, hang out in French cafes, and we enjoyed every single bite.

If you want to try different amazing gluten free apple cake recipes, my Gluten Free Fool Proof Apple Cake and my Gluten Free Caramel Apple Cake recipes are worth making!

Gluten Free French Apple Cake partially eaten sitting on a blue plate. A fork is holding a piece of the apple cake.

It never occurred to me that I could bake something yummy that would take me back to those days. A photograph on Pinterest for a French Apple Cake recipe caught my eye. Following the link, I ended up at the most incredible blog, Hungry Rabbit. Check it out and pass it along to all of your friends who can eat gluten. They will thank you for it! The recipes are incredible.

I drooled. And then I drooled some more. It was surprising that my kids didn’t put a bucket under my open mouth. This apple cake recipe that Ken created is just that good. When Ken said I could post my gluten free version of his recipe, I was so excited to share this recipe with you.

This Gluten Free French Apple Cake recipe is the only apple cake recipe you will ever want to eat again!

This will be the gluten free recipe you make to impress your friends, or maybe you should keep all to yourself πŸ™‚ .

In this recipe I used a gluten free multi purpose flour from Authentic Foods. Authentic Foods Multi-blend flour has a superfine grind, which allows for this cake to be so light. You could use other gluten free flours, but the texture and fineness is really important. Don’t use a heavy rice based gluten free flour blend unless it is superfine. Also, I don’t recommend any flour blend with bean flours. They are way too heavy and dense for this recipe.

Tools You Need To Make This Recipe:

  1. Deep jumbo muffin tray. The depth of each cavity in this muffin pan is perfect for these apple cakes.
  2. Authentic Foods Multi-Blend Flour. This flour is milled super-fine and is a great flour to make these cakes taste so good.

How to make gluten free apple cake

over sized muffin pan for the apple cakes

Line your extra large muffin tin with parchment paper. Spray with coconut oil. This will help prevent sticking.

Gluten Free French Apple Cakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 6
Calories: 385 kcal
Author: Sandi Gaertner
  • 3 large pink lady apples peeled and sliced thinly
  • 4 tablespoons dark rum I used Myers Dark Rum
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup Authentic Foods Multi-Blend Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup organic white sugar plus one tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 9 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup organic whole milk or raw milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray either a 9 inch cake pan or a pan with 6 three inch cake sections with coconut oil.
  3. Cut parchment paper to line the bottom of the pan(s) and spray bottom with coconut oil.
  4. In a small sauce pan, cook butter on low heat until slightly browned. (About 5 minutes) Stir often.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. In a small sauce pan, add two inches of water and apple slices. Cook apple slices on low heat until they soften. Keep an eye on them so they don't get mushy.
  7. Drain water from apples, toss with 1 tablespoon of the dark rum and lemon juice, and let cool.
  8. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together gluten free flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, and sugar.
  9. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, browned butter, vanilla, and remaining three tablespoons of dark rum.
  10. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend carefully.
  11. Gently fold in apples.
  12. Pour into pan(s).
  13. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of sugar onto each mini cake (or 1 tablespoon of sugar onto a whole cake.)
  14. Bake for 30-45 minutes, depending on pan size. Less time is needed if you are baking 6 three inch cakes.
  15. Remove from oven and let cakes cool on a cooling rack.
  16. Enjoy while warm.
  17. Reheat if having it later.
Nutrition facts per serving (1g)
385kcal | Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 141mg | Carbohydrates: 67g | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 41g | Protein: 5g | Vitamin A: 8% | Vitamin C: 15% | Calcium: 6% | Iron: 5%

P.S. if you know of a good gluten free croissant recipe, please let me know.

Gluten Free French Apple Cakes on a cooling rack

Here are some of my favorite recipes from countries far away to try. Don’t forget to check out the Flaky Pastry recipe. Oh la la!!

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  1. Ginny McMeans says:

    This looks like you made the perfect light batter. Just delicious looking!

  2. Sandi, these look amazing. I really want one. Great job

  3. Now I need a bucket for all the drool! These look great and I want a dozen now.

  4. Love this and I know my GF friends will too. I know Ken and he does make beautiful treats!

  5. Sandie I love your recipes. I have a question though do you know if it’s possible to make rice flour by grinding up the rice such as you do with coconut or almond I’m just concerned as it is so much harder, but after searching the net I find many suggest at least part rice flour, thanks in advance for your imput.

  6. Faith Stilts says:

    Is there a substitute for the alcohol I can use and the recipe still be good?

    • Hi Faith, I think the alcohol is just for flavoring. I suspect it will be fine if you use tart apples so the apple flavor really stands out. Please let me know how they turn out!

  7. These look really great!

  8. I don’t follow a Gluten-Free diet, but these look amazing. A nice cup of coffee added and it would be the perfect way to end the evening.

  9. This looks awesome. Even though I don’t need gluten free I still want to try these.

  10. These look so awesome! Can’t wait to try them.

  11. Those look so exceptional, Sandi! I love Pink Lady apples, too. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing them on Gluten-Free Wednesdays with us all!


  12. I’ll have to check out Authentics Foods flour. I’ve been buying their pancake mix for years! This apple cake sounds so scrumptious!

  13. These look fantastic! I’m just finding out that I’m gluten sensitive and I’m looking for a good gluten-free recipe to try. This one is certainly on the top of my list! Thank you! I love your whole site!!

  14. These look so delicious! I can’t use brown rice flour. I know this is a long shot but would you know the measurements if I just used white rice flour, tapioca, potato starch, cornstarch and xanthan gum?

    • Hi Nancy, If you can’t use brown rice flour, I would recommend sorghum flour. It is less starchy than white rice flour. Plus it is a bit healthier. Thank you so much for your email πŸ™‚

  15. Kathie Craun says:

    Hi. I am making the carameliorate apple cake. Can I substitute lactose free milk for the almond milk? Thank you for your time.


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