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Guest Post – Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Cake

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Cake /

Rose Zellmer wrote to me that she was keen to do a guest post on my blog. She recounts her food adventures on and aims to spread happiness through food.Her idea of doing a gluten-free cake sounded delicious and healthy and so here it is for all you cake lovers. She has included a small informative note on making your own gluten-free flour mix. Happy reading! 

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Cake /

Living in a tropical country, apples are expensive. So it is special when they are available. My Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Cake, is highly anticipated by friends and family because it is not often that they have such a treat. I seldom make Gluten-Free Cakes but if I am expecting guests that I know can’t consume gluten, I make sure to have something that they can enjoy as well. I have used flax seeds as  binders in the cake since there is no gluten.

Here’s my Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend


400 g – millet flour

300 g – sweet rice flour

300 g – potato starch

Making your own gluten-free flour is fairly simple. In a large container, mix the flours together until  the whole mixture is a single color. If you do not have the flours I used, you can make your own version with alternative flours in the following ratio: 40% whole grain flours + 60% white starches.

Here is a list of gluten-free flours available in the market.


  • Brown rice flour
  • Corn flour
  • Mesquite flour
  • Millet Flour
  • Oat flour
  • Sorghum Flour
  • Teff Flour


  • Arrowroot Flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Potato Flour
  • Potato Starch
  • Sweet rice Flour
  • Tapioca Flour
  • White Rice Flour

When I was preparing the ingredients, I got a little sentimental. I have been baking for my family since they were young. Their reaction is always the same. They never changed. Every time I put something in the oven, it is the same wide-eyed smiles. And when I am in the process of baking, there will be 4 pairs of little feet eager to lend a helping hand. Now, they are no longer young (each has their own original recipes as well), and it already feels a little crowded inside my small warm kitchen.

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Cake /

I always buy  a few extra apples since I know that my kids can’t resist them while bake. They disappear quickly just like the cake. I do not have a shredder so I used the grater instead. I have used Granny Smith apples since they are the best apples for baking.

While baking cakes, I like to experiment with fruits. Aside from the fact that fruits are healthy, I like the natural taste of the fruit in the cake. There are a lot of recipes for cakes with fruit and they also look fantastic on the buffet table at any celebration.

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Cake

Gimme Tasty
A healthy gluten-free apple cake with caramel sauce
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 6


For the cake

  • 360 g gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
  • 350 ml vanilla yogurt
  • 200 g white sugar
  • 180 g brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 10 ml vanilla extract
  • 20-25 g ground flax seed substitute for gluten
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tspground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 apples grated

For the caramel sauce

  • 120 g butter
  • 90 g brown sugar
  • 10 ml milk

For the vanilla frosting

  • 12 g cornstarch
  • 15 g gluten free flour blend
  • 150 g granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 180 ml milk
  • 5 ml vanilla extract
  • 180 g unsalted butter at room temperature


To make the cake

  • Preheat the oven to 165 degrees C.
  • Grease a fluted tube pan or Bundt pan. I usually use margarine for greasing or the butter wrapper.
  • Beat yogurt, white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract (all the wet ingredients) together in a bowl using an electric mixer until it is smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, flax seed, cinnamon, salt, cloves, and nutmeg (all the dry ingredients)
  • Make a well (my favorite part) in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the yogurt mixture.
  • Stir yogurt mixture into flour mixture just until batter is combined;
  • Fold apples into the batter.
  • Pour batter into prepared greased pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 70-75 minutes
  • Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake, if it comes out clean, it is done!
  • Turn cake onto a serving plate. Let it cool.

To make the caramel sauce

  • Melt butter, brown sugar, and milk together in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved (liquid form), 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat and cool until sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes.
  • Pour sauce over cake. Make sure the whole cake surface is covered with it. The sweet taste of the caramel makes the cake more yummy!

To make the vanilla frosting

  • Whisk the dry ingredients together in a saucepan (cornstarch, flour blend, sugar, salt).
  • Add milk and continue whisking until smooth.
  • Cook over medium-high heat and continue whisking until it is thick.
  • Remove the saucepan and put the mixture in a bowl.
  • Put the bowl on top of ice just to stop the heat (or you can put it inside the fridge for a minute).
  • Whisk in the vanilla, and let it cool down.
  • When it has cooled down (room temp), put it in in a mixing bowl of a stand mixer and mix it on medium speed until smooth.
  • Cut the butter into 3 parts, add it (while the mixer is still running on medium speed), then turn it to high speed.
  • Continue until the mixture turns white, light and fluffy.
  • Apply it how you like on your cake!

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  • Reply
    Looks amazing!!
    March 31, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Looks amazing!! This is definitely one to try!!

  • Reply
    heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    July 9, 2017 at 8:22 am

    living in the us, it’s weird to hear that apples are special, when they’re considered so pedestrian here. it’s so refreshing to hear someone who doesn’t take them for granted (: and i love that there’s yogurt in the cake! it makes things so moist~

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