This sweet and delicious gluten free Passover apple cake is exactly what you need to bake for Passover! Whenever you combine apples and cake, it is obviously going to be scrumptious. There isn’t going to be a crumb after you try it because it is so good.

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

If you want a treat to enjoy while celebrating Passover, this easy gluten-free Apple Cake recipe will surely be a hit. My family looks forward to me making this recipe every year, and I am sure you will want to do the same. The center is moist and delicious, while the outside is slightly chewy and crispy. I am not even kidding when I tell you that you are going to want to eat the entire cake!

This matzo apple cake makes a delicious cake, and nobody will know it is gluten free. Many also love to make Matzo Bark for Passover. It is full of cinnamon apple flavor and so easy to make! Sticking true to the Jewish tradition, this cake is made with gluten free matzo meal.

I include a dairy-free option as well for those who are dairy-free! If you haven’t made a cake with matzo meal before, I am sure you have some questions. Here are some things I think you may ask:

If you love to use apples in your baking, don’t forget to check out my very best Gluten Free Apple Recipes!

Allergen Information:

This apple cake is gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, and oat-free. Make it dairy-free by using plant-based butter.

Photos of the Passover apple cake ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Gluten Free Matzo Meal – Many ask if matzo meal is gluten free. Unfortunately, matzo meal is not gluten free unless you buy specially made gluten free matzo meal. There are a couple of brands of gluten free matzo meals you can use. I have used both Yehuda and Manischewitz brands in this recipe.
  • Cassava Flour – You can also use a gluten free flour blend.
  • Sugar – Use brown sugar.
  • Eggs – Use size large.
  • Apples – I love to use more tart apples in this recipe, like Granny Smith and Pink Lady. Any variety will taste delicious.
  • Coconut Oil – You can use another light oil if you choose; I do not recommend strong-flavored oils.
  • Non-Dairy Milk – Feel free to use non-dairy milk like almond milk to keep this recipe dairy-free.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Move the oven rack to the middle of the oven and preheat your oven to 350º F.

The sliced apples in a bowl.

Step 1: Start by washing your apples and removing any price stickers. Slice the apples thinly and add them to a medium-sized mixing bowl. I kept the peels on for the added fiber, but feel free to remove the apple peels if you prefer.

The crumble topping mixed with the apples.

Step 2: Mix the ground cinnamon, brown sugar, and lemon juice with the sliced apples. You want to ensure all the apples are coated with the brown sugar mixture.

The eggs and wet ingredients in a mixer. Matzo meal is poured and ready to mix in.

Step 3: Add wet ingredients to a standing mixer or large mixing bowl. Mix the eggs, melted butter, light oil, milk, and sugar until the ingredients are mixed.

Mix the Matzo meal and cassava flour into the bowl at low speed. Gradually increase the speed for 30 seconds. Note that there is a matzo cake meal variety is perfect for making this cake.!

Parchment paper lining a cake pan.

Step 4: Spray a 9-inch cake pan with baking oil and line the bottom with parchment paper. This will make it much easier to remove the cake from the pan!

Matzo meal cake batter in a cake pan.

Step 5: Use a wooden spoon to pour half of the gluten free apple cake batter into the cake pan.

Step 6: Top the batter with the brown sugar apple mixture.

Step 7: Pour the remaining cake batter on top of the apples. Use a rubber spatula to spread the batter around the cake pan to cover all the apples.

Step 8: Bake the cake at 350º F for 35-40 minutes until done. 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.

Step 9: Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool on a wire cooling rack. You can cut the cake after it has cooled.

See all of those yummy layers of apples? The bites of this cake are sooo crazy good!!

Add these mix-ins for fun:

This gluten free Passover apple cake is so good as it is, but if you want to add in some extra flavors, here are a few ideas:

  • Raisins
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
Two slices of apple cake on small white plates.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there gluten in matzo?

Traditionally, yes, there is gluten in matzo. It is an unleavened bread, meaning it was a dough that didn’t rise. The texture and crunch are similar to crackers. It is made with flour and water, so it is not gluten free.

Thank goodness they now make gluten free matzo!! To keep this apple cake gluten free, use gluten free matzo meal that has been certified kosher.

Can I make this cake as muffins?

Yes, you can turn this Passover apple cake recipe into muffins. Follow the instructions as written and pour the batter into a lined or sprayed muffin tin. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until a toothpick can be inserted and removed and comes out clean.

The muffins are just as scrumptious as the full-sized cake; only you can grab them and go!

Can I freeze matzo apple cake?

Yes, you can freeze gluten free matzo apple cake. The best way to freeze the apple cake is to wrap it in plastic wrap tightly, then place it in a freezer bag or airtight container.

To thaw the texture and flavor are best if you thaw in the fridge. After it is defrosted, toss it in the microwave to warm it up before eating.

How long will this cake keep fresh?

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

If you are serving this at your Passover Seder, you will want to try my easy Gluten Free Matzo recipe to serve.

aAwhole gluten free matzo apple cake on a plate. It was dusted with powdered sugar.

More Gluten Free Apple Recipes:

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 that this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

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

Delicious Gluten Free Passover Apple Cake

Sandi Gaertner
A delicious moist Gluten Free Passover Apple Cake. The cake is made with gluten free matzo meal, or gluten free matzo cake meal.
4.93 from 14 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cake Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 14 slices
Calories 246 kcal

Equipment

  • 9-inch cake pan

Ingredients
  

Cake:

  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk * see note
  • ½ cup oil coconut or light oil like avocado
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups gluten free matzo meal * see note
  • 2 tablespoons cassava flour or gluten free flour blend

Apple Filling

  • 4 apples peeling optional
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Add the cake batter wet ingredients to a standing mixer and mix on low speed, increasing the speed to medium. Mix for 1 minute.
  • Turn off the power and add matzo meal and cassava flour. Mix on low speed until blended.
  • Slice apples very thinly, I left the peels on. You can remove the peels if you like.
  • Spray a cake pan with coconut oil, and place a piece of parchment paper cut to the size of the pan on the bottom.
  • Pour half of the cake batter into the pan and spread it around to cover the bottom.
  • Add the apple mixture on top of the batter.
  • Pour the remaining batter on top and spread to cover the apples.
  • Bake for 40 minutes until done. 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.
  • Move the cake to a wire cooling rack. Slice when the cake is fully cooled.

Notes

  1. Normal matzo meal is not gluten free. There are two brands of gluten free matzo meal. They are made by Yehuda and Manischewitz companies, and both will work well in this recipe.
  2. You can make this cake with milk as directed, or use non-dairy milk to make this recipe dairy-free.
  3. If you do not have cassava flour, you can use arrowroot starch or tapioca starch.
  4. This cake will keep fresh up to 4 days in an air-tight 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: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 4gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 25mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 2gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 111IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
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23 Comments

  1. Hi Sandi,
    How much melted butter goes in this recipe? I don’t see a measurement anywhere, but I definitely might have missed it. Thank you!

      1. Thank you,
        I’ll let you know how it comes out if I make it.
        Have a good weekend!

  2. Looks like a great recipe. Have I missed the cake pan size? Would a 10″ springform pan be a good choice?

    1. Hi Helen, I haven’t tested matzo flour. I haven’t seen it in stores here. I would assume it should be fine to substitute it, but keep an eye on the moisture level. You may need to add more liquid since matzo flour is much finer.

  3. I have gluten free matzo meal so I will definitely make this! Thank you! I cannot believe that it’s almost Passover again!

    1. Hi Lisa, I am not sure as I haven’t tried this recipe with panko. If you don’t need this cake to be kosher for Passover, I recommend making the Gluten Free Creamy Apple Cake recipe on my blog. Just put apple cake into the search bar.

  4. I have never baked with matzo meal let alone gluten free matzo meal. That apple cake looks so delicious!!

  5. So…the apple is one of my favorites and has been my whole life! THIS DESSERT looks super easy and delicious and creative to boot! Keep those apple cake recipes coming!

  6. I’ve never heard of this! It sounds absolutely amazing. I love desserts with apples 🙂 I have a bunch of tapioca starch I need to use up. On my list of treats to make this month