Apple Cake with Cinnamon – Gluten Free – Vegan

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Apple Cake with Cinnamon – Gluten Free – Vegan

Practice Makes Perfect!

It took me FIVE TIMES to get this recipe just right!

All my happy taste testers liked it right away but I knew it could be even better…and the following recipe is.

This is a deeply satisfying cake filled with healthy ingredients. Apples being one of them!

Apple Cake – Vegan Gluten Free (dairy & egg free)


2 cups fresh apples + 1/2 cup sliced apples for top
1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1 tsp stevia
4 Tbsp chick pea or soy flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup Potato flour
1/2 cup arrowroot starch
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup water or 1/2 cup if you like a drier cake.
3 tsp cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 375º F.

2. Oil and lightly flour 8” X 8”cake pan.

3. Chop 2 cups of apples into one inch pieces.

4. Sprinkle apples with 2 tsp of cinnamon.

5. Slice 1/2 cup apples into slices to decorate the top of the cake.

6. Blend vegetable oil, rice syrup, and water in blender.

7. Mix flours, baking powder and sea salt in a separate bowl.

8. Add chopped apples to dry flour mixture.

9. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients.

10. Mix quickly.

11. Immediately pour batter into cake pan.

12. Decorate top of cake with apples.

13. Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon on top of apples.

14. Bake at 375º F. oven for 35 To 40 minutes.

To top this cake off ice it with Coconut Butter Icing

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:17+00:00 October 1st, 2012|Gluten Free, Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|19 Comments

About the Author:

I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.


  1. Carla Janzen May 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Oh this cake is soo yummy. I have not made it myself but I have sampled Diana’s and it has lots of flavour and is very moist.

  2. Sonya June 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Can you substitute coconut flour for soy? We have allergies to soy.

  3. Stephanie June 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    the gingerbread cake uses molasses, that is what I was asking about

  4. Shari Johnson June 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    This sounds good too!

  5. Diana Herrington June 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Stephanie, use flax seed meal instead of the soya as the cake needs something to help it stick together.

    Stephanie, I replied to your and other’s questions on

  6. Caghrey West July 9, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Can you suggest an alternative to rice syrup, not sure we can get it here in South Africa?

  7. Diana Herrington July 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I have an article that explains the 19 sugars and their different benefits; click here:
    Barley Malt maybe the closest.

  8. Dianna Frey February 11, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Diana you are providing us with so much GOOD information about ‘healthy’ eating. I am enjoying all the data and will be a frequent viewer and reader of ALL the emails I receive from you.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise. Dianna

  9. Diana Herrington March 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you Dianna for your appreciation, we do our best and really want to get the message out about Real Food.

  10. Karl J. Volk April 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I have never seen soy flower nor guar gum. who wouod have that?

  11. Diana Herrington April 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Karl, you can get them at a health food store.

  12. Joy Markman April 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Hi guys – you can get rice syrup here in South Africa – try a health food store – I’ve seen it at “The Healing Tree” in Adelphi Centre, Sea Point – try Wellness in Kloof Street.

    Diana, there is an awful lot of Baking powder in this recipe,also vegetable oil, an omega 6 oil – I think coconut oil would be better or palm fruit oil (new in South Africa, & orange in colour & comes from the fruit of the palm tree, not the root of the tree, like palm oil & palm kernel oil, which is a big no no for health- palm fruit oil is wonderful, with plenty of anti-oxidants & natural vitamin E)
    Hope you don’t mind my input.
    Regards Joy

  13. Diana Herrington April 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you Joy for letting us know where you can get stuff in S Africa.

    I like input so no worries. I know there is a lot of baking powder but even so it is not a light cake. In most of my baking I have been using coconut oil as I am find it healthier; I will add that to the recipe above. I would like to know more about palm fruit oil and try it.

  14. kate May 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    This looks so good! I am going to surprise my family on Sunday wtih this! Can I use oat flour buckwheat flour in place of potato flour? thank you!! I am so grateful to have found your amazing website tonight! 🙂

  15. Diana Herrington May 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Buckwheat flour will not be a good replacement for potato flour as it needs to be something to help bind it all together. Also, buckwheat flour has a strong taste for a dessert. Better to add more brown rice flour and chick pea or soy flour. Let me how it works. Always interested in baking experiments.

  16. Barbs Barham October 13, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Hi Diana, I was interested to read your article about 19 different sugars and their different benefits, but it doesn’t seem to be available on the website anymore. Would it be possible to let me have a copy please. Many thanks Barbs

  17. Diana Herrington October 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Barbs, I just updated the link that had been changed and I know you received it by email too.

  18. Rima October 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Diana!
    Can I substitute the rice syrup with cane sugar? If yes, would it be the same amout?

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