Home » Gluten Free Apple & Cinnamon Cake

Gluten Free Apple & Cinnamon Cake

by Katie Bucknell

I love using cinnamon in baking, I used to be obsessed with cinnamon swirls from the bakery until I was forced to stop having them (I am still working on finding a good gluten free recipe for those!). This apple and cinnamon cake is so delicious and by incorporating the fruit into the mixture it helps with the texture and stability of the cake. It remains very moist and packed with flavour.


For the cake:

  • 150g gluten free plain flour (I am using Doves Farm)
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 150g butter
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml milk

For the filling:

  • 50g dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 2 apples (peeled, cored and diced)

For the icing:

  • 100g icing sugar
  • Water or milk to mix


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / Gas Mark 4.
  2. Grease and line the base (using grease proof paper, cut the edges so the paper fits neatly into each corner) of a standard loaf tin.
  3. In a bowl mix the brown sugar and cinnamon, and put this to one side.
  4. In a large mixing bowl using an electric whisk, combine the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy.
  5. Beat the eggs together with the vanilla and gradually add to the butter mixture a little bit at a time, beating continuously (if you add the egg mixture too quickly it will curdle).
  6. Next beat in the flour, almonds and baking powder followed by the milk. You can use more or less milk to get the right consistency, it should be a smooth batter.
  7. Peel and chop the apple into small chunks.
  8. Pour half the batter into the tin, followed by half the apples and half the cinnamon sugar mixture. Try to distribute the apples evenly across the tin.
  9. Layer the rest of the batter over the top, followed by the remaining apples and sugar/cinnamon.
  10. Using a knife, combine / swirl the sugar sitting on top into the batter slightly to avoid too much crisping on top.
  11. Bake for approx 40 – 50 minutes. If you can put a skewer through the mixture and it comes out clean, it is done.
  12. Leave it to set slightly before removing from the tray, where it can finish cooling. Meanwhile make your icing, gradually add drops of hot water or milk to the icing to get a thick but smooth consistency.
  13. When the top is cool, drizzle the icing over the top in anyway you like.
  14. Enjoy!

This is best served warm fresh out the oven or you can reheat it for 20 seconds in the microwave, that works too! It should keep for approximately 3 days in an airtight container.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you do try it, be sure to get in touch / send me a picture!!



You may also like


Leonie 8th April 2016 - 8:48 am

These look delicious. Will have to try and make them for myself!
Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go
Lets Be Friends

Vivi 10th April 2016 - 9:48 am

I love this recipe, it’s so simple to make and sounds delicious, I’m trying it today, can’t wait ❤️ I’m thinking it will make a great, warm breakfast !

Katie Bucknell 12th April 2016 - 1:20 pm

Aww I am so glad! Let me know how it goes xx

Lynn Love 4th January 2017 - 5:07 pm

Your recipes sound delicious! Gluten free parkin? Oh, my word – most people down here in Bristol have never heard of it (I’m from Derbyshire originally, so I’m very aware of its charms). And this apple cake sounds just lovely.
As a coeliac who loves cake, can I say how lovely your recipe range is – different things to try rather than the same old stuff you find everywhere else. This might be the first I have a go at …
Thanks for following my blog and for introducing me to yours – such a find! 🙂

Katie Bucknell 4th January 2017 - 5:31 pm

Aww thank you so much for your lovely comments. I am so glad you like my recipes!! The tiffin is really tasty but I have to say the apple cake is my personal favourite! I look forward to your posts too :):)


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Free xml sitemap generator