Easiest French Apple Cake – Gluten Free

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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 probably one of the easiest gluten-free apple recipes for fall.

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

a healthier version of French Apple Cake

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


sliced apples


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.


french apple cake, gluten free


let’s talk about the ingredients in this gluten-free apple dessert

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

By mixing almond flour with a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend, yogurt, and olive oil, the French apple cake is extra moist. The eggs in this dessert recipe will keep this cake extra light, and with a perfect crumb.

And for flavour, vanilla or rum, and just a pinch of cinnamon. The cinnamon is optional, but somehow apples and cinnamon are just 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 with sugar and cinnamon


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


flour eggs olive oil sugar 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.


chopped apples in batter


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

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


apple batter in a dish


Bake at 350 F for 35 – 40 minutes


french apple cake, gluten free


Lightly sprinkle with powdered or granulated sugar (optional) 


french apple cake, gluten free


With the temperatures dropping, you know autumn is in the air. 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 autumn 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


In our home, this is one of the most requested apple recipes. Every bite is moist, flavourful and filled with chunks of cinnamon apples.

The best part, since this is a healthier cake recipe, you can serve this French apple cake for breakfast. So forget the muffins! Or enjoy it for a special Sunday brunch with your family. 

My favourite way to serve this apple dessert is as a snack or an after school treat. And what a great way to include more healthy fruit in your children’s diet. There is nothing special about this apple cake recipe, except the cake itself!

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx


  • 3 baking apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped (preferably organic)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. Coconut sugar or sugar of choice, divided. (If you use white sugar the cake will have a light golden colour)
  • 1/2 Tsp. GF ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup full fat plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract or 2 Tbsp. rum
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  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9-inch springform or regular cake pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray. And line the bottom of the pan with a circle of parchment paper 
  • In a medium bowl, toss apple chunks with 2 tablespoons of sugar and cinnamon
  • Using a large bowl, whisk flours, remaining sugar, baking soda and salt. Add yogurt, olive oil, eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine. Fold in the cinnamon apple slices and transfer batter to the cake pan
  • Bake for 35 - 40 minutes until the cake passes the toothpick test. Cool in the pan
  • Invert the cake onto a rack, remove the parchment paper, then carefully flip the cake over onto a plate. If you wish, sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar or granulated sugar.
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    2 Responses to Easiest French Apple Cake – Gluten Free

    • Darlene Satterla October 9, 2021

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

      • Kristina October 9, 2021

        thank you Darlene xx

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