Easiest French Apple Cake – Gluten Free

Published on Oct 07, 2021

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Serves: 8
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Moist French Apple Cake filled with soft apples lightly scented with cinnamon. This gluten-free French dessert is made with fresh apples in an extra moist light cake. This lightly sweetened apple cake is one of the easiest gluten-free dessert recipes for any time of year.

There is nothing not to love about this gluten free French apple cake.

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A healthier version of French apple cake

To keep this apple dessert healthier, I replaced heart-healthy olive oil with butter, added almond flour, added extra protein and fiber, replaced white sugar with coconut sugar, and used organic apples.


quartered apples on a cutting board

Are apples included on the dirty dozen list?

Conventional apples are on top of the dirty dozen list. This means the apples contain an average of 4.4 pesticide residues and often some at higher concentrations. So using organic apples is a healthier choice.


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gluten-free French apple cake — recipe overview

This apple cake recipe is so easy. Here is why. You will need only ten essential pantry ingredients, plus apples. And you do not need an electric mixer.

Mixing almond flour with a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend, yogurt, and olive oil makes the French apple cake extra moist. In addition, the eggs in this dessert recipe will keep this cake extra light with a tender crumb.

And for flavour, vanilla or rum, and just a pinch of cinnamon. Cinnamon is optional, but apples and cinnamon are meant to be together.

The true secret for the deliciousness in this apple dessert? Plenty of fresh apples, they keep this gluten-free cake so scrumptious!


step by step instructions for the easiest apple cake recipe

apple chunks sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon

Chop the apples and toss them with sugar and a pinch of cinnamon.


flour eggs olive oil sugar and yogurt in a bowl

Whisk the dry ingredients – flours, baking soda, sugar and salt, and add yogurt, olive oil, vanilla or rum, and eggs to the flour mixture. Whisk to combine.


mixing chopped apples with batter in a bowl with a spatula

Fold in apples and transfer the batter into a baking dish.

So easy, the batter is made entirely in only one bowl.


batter with chopped apples in a baking dish

Bake at 350 F for 35 – 40 minutes


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Lightly sprinkle with powdered or granulated sugar (optional) 


gluten free french apple cake dusted with powdered sugar


Baking a fresh apple cake will fill your home with an apple cinnamon aroma for everyone to enjoy!

Some of our most popular gluten-free apple recipes are the Gluten-Free Apple Pie Squares with Almond Butter Caramel and the Gluten-Free Apple Turnovers.  Or check out our 10 Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Apple Recipes.  


french apple cake slice

This cake is one of the most requested apple treats to satisfy a sweet tooth with healthiness in mind. Every bite is moist, flavourful and filled with chunks of cinnamon apples.

The best part is you can serve this French apple cake for breakfast and forget the buttery muffins. Or enjoy the dessert for Sunday brunch with your family.

If you want to add extra deliciousness to this gluten-free French dessert, add a dollop of vanilla ice cream. And what a great way to include more fruit in your children’s diet.

There is nothing special about this apple cake recipe except the yummy cake itself!

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx

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thank you Darlene xx

Darlene Satterla

The best Apple Cake I have ever had. So delicious. You will make this cake often.

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