This moist gluten-free Spiced Applesauce Cake is flavoured with warm spices! Made with a combination of oat flour and gluten-free flour, it's topped with apple slices and has optional additions of dried cranberries and pecans. Serve this as apple cake as a coffee cake for brunch or top with whipped cream or whipped coconut milk and enjoy for dessert.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- This gluten-free Spiced Applesauce Cake is bound to improve your mood and lift your spirits, even if you're perfectly happy! Who doesn't love the smell of warm apples and cinnamon wafting through the house?
- Whether you serve it as an applesauce coffee cake or as an apple dessert cake, you'll love the flavor and texture of this healthy cake. Serve it plain or top slices with whipped cream or whipped coconut milk for a spectacular dessert!
- This gluten-free Spiced Applesauce Cake recipe is a favorite of mine year-round. It's easy to make!
- It's also easy to adapt. You can omit the pecans to make it a nut-free apple cake, or replace them with walnuts. Feel free to add raisins or dried cranberries, too.
I've updated this recipe to give it a fluffier texture. My original recipe called for 2 cups of oat flour. I've replaced one of those cups with a gluten-free flour blend to give this apple cake a lighter texture.
This Applesauce Spice Cake is made with :
- butter (or melted and cooled coconut oil)
- unsweetened applesauce (homemade or store-bought)
- oat flour (certified gluten-free, if necessary)
- gluten-free flour blend: I recommend Cup4Cup or Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten-free Baking Flour
- warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
- sweetener: coconut sugar, brown sugar or keep it sugar-free by using Golden Monkfruit sweetener with erythritol.
- pure vanilla extract
- baking soda and baking powder: to help the cake rise.
🥄 How to make applesauce spice cake
Here's an overview of what you'll do to make this gluten-free apple cake. You'll find complete instructions in the recipe card below.
- Combine the wet ingredients in one bowl.
- Whisk the dry ingredients in another.
- Combine the two, then add the cranberries and chopped pecans.
- Toss apple slices with lemon juice to prevent them from browning.
- Spread the batter in a lined springform pan, then arrange thin slices of apple in a concentric pattern on top.
- Bake, cool, then enjoy plain or with whipped cream or whipped coconut milk.
🔁 Possible variations
- Keep this spiced applesauce cake nut-free by leaving out the pecans.
- Substitute raisins for the dried cranberries.
- Substitute walnuts for the pecans.
- Replace the spices in the recipes with 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
- Keep it dairy-free by using coconut oil instead of butter. Make sure you have cooled the melted coconut oil. It works best when the other ingredients are at room temperature. If the eggs are cold, for example, the coconut oil tends to harden quickly. If this happens, stir vigorously to combine it.
🥶 Storage and freezing instructions
Store leftovers in a covered container on the counter or in the fridge. For longer storage, I like to wrap individual slices in plastic wrap, place them in an airtight container and freeze them for up to 3 months. For more information, see The Best Way to Store Any Cake.
🗒 More favorite gluten-free apple desserts
- Gluten-free Dutch Apple Pie with Crumble Crust
- Gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
- Skillet Cranberry Apple Crisp
- Apple Blackberry Crumble
- 20 Gluten-free Apple Recipes That Aren't Pie
- Apple Pecan Crisp with Caramel Sauce
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Gluten-free Spiced Applesauce Cake
- ½ cup butter, melted or coconut oil, melted and cooled
- ¾ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar or Golden Monkfruit sweetener
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup pecans, finely chopped
- ⅔ cup dried cranberries
- 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced for decorating the top of the cake
- 1 - 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- whipped cream or whipped coconut milk
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Cut a circle of parchment paper to fit the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Oil the sides of the pan.
- Peel and core an apple. Slice into very thin slices, about ⅛th inch thick. Toss with a teaspoon or two of lemon juice to prevent browning. Set aside.
- Beat butter and sugar together, then add eggs, vanilla and applesauce.
- In a separate bowl, whisk dry ingredients.
- Combine the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients. Stir in chopped pecans and cranberries until no spots of flour remain.
- Transfer to the prepared springform pan, smoothing the batter to the edges.
- Drain the lemon juice from the apple slices. Arrange them in a concentric pattern on top of the batter.
- Bake at 350°F. for 40 - 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let stand for 15 minutes, then carefully release the spring from the pan. Remove and transfer cake to a wire rack to continue cooling.
- When completely cool, garnish with a sprinkle of confectioner's sugar and serve with whipped cream or whipped coconut milk.