Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gluten Free Dairy Free Apple Cake with Honey Glaze

Apple Cake is one of my favorite desserts! The first time I had it was Christmas Eve and I was only 9 years old!  Unfortunately, it took until now for me to find a recipe to try it again.  Yes, it has been 15 years since I have had it; and guess what? ... It is still my favorite!! 

This Apple Cake tastes just like a cinnamon roll.  Better yet.... one of those cinnamon raisin biscuits from Hardee's. It can be eaten for dessert.... or breakfast ;) and I always pretend it's healthy for me because of the apples.  I can pretend right?

Recently my husband and I have built a new home together.  With a new home there comes a lot of new visitors and entertaining.  Visitors and entertaining is fine by me because I love an excuse to cook!  However, my husbands family has started a gluten free-dairy free diet.  When knowing they are coming for dinner I admit I panic a little.  Thinking of gluten free-dairy free recipes may not seem difficult, but at the moment everything we can think of includes some type of noodle or cheese.  I settle with the easy baked chicken and vegetables.  But what about dessert?  I'm known as the dessert queen so it has to be a killer gluten free dessert!  I automatically wanted to try my apple cake.  This cake has been made completely gluten and dairy free and it is just as scrumptious as before!

I have made this cake 5 times in the last two months!  I'm guessing it's everyone else's favorite now too :)

If you make this Apple Cake, please feel free to come back and leave me a comment telling me what you think!  If you have any suggestions please feel free to share! 


  Gluten Free Dairy Free Apple Cake with Honey Glaze

By: Crystal Barrett

Makes 1 Bundt Pan. About 15 servings.

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2 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp. honey
4 tbsp. soy milk

3 peeled and diced granny apples
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts (or 1/4 cup Earth's Balance and 1 cup regular chopped walnuts)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs

You will need 3 large bowls, a small bowl, a mixer, and a bundt pan.


1-  Heat oven to 350 and lightly grease bundt pan

2- In a small bowl melt walnuts and 1/2 a stick of unsalted butter in the microwave for             about 2 minutes.  Stir every 30 seconds.

3- In a large bowl mix the diced apples, walnuts, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Set aside.

4- In a separate large bowl mix the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set this aside as well.

5-  In another large bowl beat the sugar, oil, and eggs for about 2-3 minutes. Add the flour        mix and beat until well combined.  Fold in the apple mixture.

6-  Scrape batter into the bundt pan and bake in the over for 1 hour 30 min or until done. 

7-  Allow to cool for about an hour before dumping the cake onto a plate.

8-  When you have turned the cake out, in a small bowl, mix the
     powdered sugar with the soy milk.  Mix really good with a spoon making sure to                  dissolve all sugar clumps.  Add the honey and stir very well.  Drizzle the glaze over the        Apple Cake.

9- Enjoy!!!

** If you don't want this to be gluten or dairy free:
     Use regular all purpose flour in place of the gluten free
     Use regular milk in place of the soy milk.
     If using Earth's Balance to toast your walnuts, use 1/2 a stick of unsalted butter.


  1. Fantastic!!! I'm going to have to make this for Meghan!!

  2. Boy does this cake look great!!! I could go for a big slab with my tea!

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  4. This looks so delicious and I bet the Granny Smith apples really and a great contrast!

  5. I LOVE apple cakes. This one looks great and the fact that it's GF, well that's just a bonus

  6. Love that super tall Bundt shape!

  7. What a handsome cake :) Well, roles are reversed in our family. I'm the one who is on a strict diet so everybody else has to think of food to cook for me ;) Thankfully, I don't have any allergies so I can make exceptions. Thanks for the lovely recipe!!

  8. This is a gorgeous cake, Crystal! I could eat that glaze with a spoon!

  9. What a beautiful cake! It sounds amazing, and oh my. That GLAZE!

  10. It's been a long time since I had an apple cake! I definitely need to remedy that, soon!

  11. This is such a great looking cake! Do you mind sharing what brand of GF flour you used for this? I feel like they're all so different and don't always swap well.

    1. I have used Domata (comes in a blue and white box) and I have also used Bob's Red Mill. Both have turned out just fine!

  12. Holey moley! That looks delicious! Love that it's gluten-free and uses regular ingredients!

  13. apple cake is delicious. And the glaze.... swoon!

  14. WOW, your apple cake looks amazing! The honey glaze is gorgeous, and I can't wait to try your recipe soon! :)

  15. The perfect combination of flavors right here. Love!

  16. Cinnamon biscuits from HARDEE'S?! OMG. I love the shot of you pouring the icing on the slice of cake... I used to love Hardee's when I was a kid.

  17. Since that's practically healthy I could have like 3 slices right ; ) Yum!

  18. I made a French Apple Cake not too long ago. It's one of my favorite cake flavors. Never had it with a glaze though. I definitely should try this soon!

  19. This looks fantastic! I love apple cake!

  20. apple and honey. this cake looks great. and it is gluten free to boot. hooray!