Gluten-Free Apple Sponge Cake With Almond Topping

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This gluten-free apple sponge cake has layers of thinly sliced apples finished with the most delicious almond topping. The fresh sweet-tart apples make this sponge cake super moist and not overly sweet. 

this apple recipe is all about the almond topping,

Add the crunchy almond topping to the mix, and you will find every slice irresistibly addictive.

Cooking with apples is super easy! In this recipe, I used two varieties, Granny Smith and Honeycrisp. Both apples are great for baking because Granny Smith is a juicy tart apple, and Honeycrisp is a sweet crispy apple.


whole and sliced apples


In this gluten-free apple sponge cake recipe, the two varieties will give you the perfect texture with a balanced sweet and tart flavour. 

In eastern Europe, this dessert is a staple in most homes. The cake is made simply with plenty of fresh apples, baked in a lightly sweetened sponge cake and finished with crunchy almond topping. 

All in all, this is a simple gluten-free apple dessert recipe. You will find that this melt-in-your-mouth coffee cake can be served for breakfast, as an anytime snack, or as a dessert.


top view of apple sponge cake with serving spoons and small plates


a simple gluten-free apple dessert recipe,

This apple recipe is all about the simplicity of ingredients. However, the texture and flavour are second to none. You will need fresh apples and a few sliced almonds to start this recipe. Most likely, you have all the other ingredients in your gluten-free pantry.

This recipe has been in my family for many years. All I had to do was create a gluten-free version. Since this apple recipe is known to be simple, I wanted to keep it that way. To do this, I used only a gluten-free flour blend

With some other minor changes, this apple sponge cake came out just as I remember it, DELICIOUS!

Need more apple recipes? Check out these gluten-free recipes using fresh apples.

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx



  • 3 large apples, peeled, cored, halved and thinly sliced. I used Granny Smith and Honeycrisp combo
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. Pure vanilla extract or almond extract
  • 1 1/4 cup GF all-purpose flour blend (I used better batter)
  • 2 tsp. GF aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar + 1 Tbsp.
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • Note; I use coconut sugar in my recipes because it is low glycemic so no sugar spikes
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  • Preheat oven to 400 F . Spray a 9-inch springform pan with cooking oil and line the bottom with parchment paper
  • Beat 3 eggs with sugar and olive oil until sugar dissolves. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix to combine
  • In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the egg mixture and mix to combine
  • Arrange half the apples on the bottom of the pan. It is ok if they overlap a bit. Pour half the batter over the apples, then repeat with remaining apples and batter. Bake for 25 minutes
  • While the cake is baking; prepare the almond topping. Whisk 2 eggs with 1/4 cup of sugar and melted butter. Once the cake baked for 25 minutes, pour the egg mixture over the cake and scatter with almonds. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar and bake for 10 more minutes
  • Remove the cake from the oven and cool. Using a sharp knife loosen the edges of the cake before removing from the pan
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    4 Responses to Gluten-Free Apple Sponge Cake With Almond Topping

    • ginnabird October 7, 2019

      This cake is just the right amount of sweetness, but I had some difficulty with the recipe. I followed everything and ended with batter the consistency of peanut butter and it wouldn’t spread over the apples at all. I put it back in the mixer and added 1/3 cup almond milk. It spread, but just barely. It will definitely make it again, but I may use GF flour with less xanthan gum and or add more liquid.

      • Kristina October 8, 2019

        various flour blends may react differently. So happy to hear that you added more liquid and made it work. Thank you for the info

    • Angela December 15, 2021

      When i made this recipe, i thought it wasnt gonna work, despite the good ratings. I thought the ovem temperature was too high (i had to cover the cake with foil half way through), i thought the batter wasnt enough and too thick. But i stuck to the recipe. And magic worked…. This absolutely beautiful and tasty cake came out! Well surprised!

      • Kristina December 15, 2021

        thank you Angela for sharing, and sticking to the recipe!

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