Apple Cake is Gluten-Free, Vegan & Healthy

This apple cake is gluten-free, vegan and without all that white sugar is my kind of cake. The only sweeteners in it are a little rice syrup and stevia which is actually food for us.  It is also egg free and dairy-free too which is important as eggs and milk are not good for me. And it is delicious.

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 my last fine tuning recipe.


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

Apple Cake Gluten-Free Vegan with Cinnamon Recipe 

Apple Cake Gluten-Free Vegan with Cinnamon Recipe

Keyword cake, cinnamon, Dessert, Gluten-free
Author Diana Herrington


  • 2 1/2 cups fresh apples Use 1/2 cup of sliced apples for the top
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup rice syrup
  • 1 tsp Stevia
  • 4 Tbsp chickpea 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


  • Preheat the oven to 375º F.
  • Oil and lightly flour a 8” X 8” cake pan.
  • Chop 2 cups of apples into one inch pieces.
  • Sprinkle the apples with 2 tsp of cinnamon.
  • Slice 1/2 a cup of apples into slices to decorate the top of the cake.
  • Blend the vegetable oil, rice syrup, and water in a blender.
  • Mix flours, baking powder and sea salt in a separate bowl.
  • Add the chopped apples to the dry flour mixture.
  • Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients.
  • Mix quickly.
  • Immediately pour the batter into a cake pan.
  • Decorate the top of the cake with apples.
  • Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon on top of the apples.
  • Bake at 375º F. oven for 35 To 40 minutes.

Top this cake off and ice it with Coconut Butter Icing

coconut butter icing
Coconut Butter Icing

Find out more about the ingredients that I used for this recipe:  apples, coconut oil, rice syrup, stevia, arrowroot, sea salt, cinnamon

* This is for an egg-free vegan recipe, learn more about Eggs Substitutes.

Here are a few more of my favorite cake recipes: Apple Cake Gluten-Free

Pear Upside Down Cake -This pear upside-down cake is so yummy and it is gluten free, dairy & egg free too. It is made with very healthy ingredients. Pears grow in Edmonton! They are small but they are tasty and juicy.  A friend lets me pick bags full of pears from his big tree. Thus, I get to make this very yummy gluten-free cake made with healthy ingredients.

Sweet Plum Cake – I love this healthy sweet plum cake that is gluten free, dairy free and egg free cake. For me, it is also important that there are no unhealthy sugars and any healthy sugars be in small quantities. Being vegan is important to me.

 Delicious Gingerbread Cake is Gluten-free – This gingerbread cake is gluten-free, vegan and simply delicious! The heat of the ginger balances off the sweeter elements so it doesn’t feel heavy. This was only recently perfected with some experimentation.

Note: If you are considering going gluten-free

  1. Read: Can a Gluten-Free Diet Help You Lose Weight?
  2. Listen to a Healthy & Gluten-Free Baking Radio Interview with Diana
  3. Learn how to make sinfully delicious gluten-free treats and desserts that are still healthy for you. Health GF Baking Training
  4. Read 11 Gluten-Free Grains to learn some of the alternatives and their many benefits.
  5. Check out: Diana’s Gluten-Free Recipes Make sure you are subscribed to the newsletters for the latest recipes.
  6. Consider doing one of my Healthy Online Courses. All of the recipes for the courses are gluten-free.

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  • Wouldn’t it be great to eat cookies and tarts like you did as a child, innocently enjoying the sweetness and textures without worrying about the downside?

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Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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    1. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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! :)

    1. 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.

  5. 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

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