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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
Serves 6
A healthy gluten-free apple cake with caramel sauce
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
For the cake
  1. 360 g gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
  2. 350 ml vanilla yogurt
  3. 200 g white sugar
  4. 180 g brown sugar
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 10 ml vanilla extract
  7. 20-25 g ground flax seed (substitute for gluten)
  8. 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  9. 1 tsp salt
  10. 1 tspground cloves
  11. 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  12. 4 apples, grated
For the caramel sauce
  1. 120 g butter
  2. 90 g brown sugar
  3. 10 ml milk
For the vanilla frosting
  1. 12 g cornstarch
  2. 15 g gluten free flour blend
  3. 150 g granulated sugar
  4. Pinch of salt
  5. 180 ml milk
  6. 5 ml vanilla extract
  7. 180 g unsalted butter at room temperature
To make the cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 165 degrees C.
  2. Grease a fluted tube pan or Bundt pan. I usually use margarine for greasing or the butter wrapper.
  3. 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.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, flax seed, cinnamon, salt, cloves, and nutmeg (all the dry ingredients)
  5. Make a well (my favorite part) in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the yogurt mixture.
  6. Stir yogurt mixture into flour mixture just until batter is combined;
  7. Fold apples into the batter.
  8. Pour batter into prepared greased pan.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 70-75 minutes
  10. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake, if it comes out clean, it is done!
  11. Turn cake onto a serving plate. Let it cool.
To make the caramel sauce
  1. Melt butter, brown sugar, and milk together in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved (liquid form), 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Remove the saucepan from heat and cool until sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes.
  3. 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
  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a saucepan (cornstarch, flour blend, sugar, salt).
  2. Add milk and continue whisking until smooth.
  3. Cook over medium-high heat and continue whisking until it is thick.
  4. Remove the saucepan and put the mixture in a bowl.
  5. Put the bowl on top of ice just to stop the heat (or you can put it inside the fridge for a minute).
  6. Whisk in the vanilla, and let it cool down.
  7. 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.
  8. Cut the butter into 3 parts, add it (while the mixer is still running on medium speed), then turn it to high speed.
  9. Continue until the mixture turns white, light and fluffy.
  10. 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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