Cake Baker's Collection of Gluten Free Cake Recipes

Cake Baker is branching out with these gluten free cake recipes!

With so many people avoiding grains and gluten these days, including 2 members of my own family, I thought it was time to share some of our favorite gluten free cakes.

Since both my daughter and daughter-in-law avoid gluten, I've picked up quite a few tips from them.

Last year I cleaned up my own diet in an effort to manage chronic pain from arthritis, and eliminating grain was part of that for me, too.

I'm so much healthier now, (but not just because of eliminating grain!)

Once you have a little experience with gluten-free baking, you'll be able to substitute your favorite GF flours in a regular recipe.

Sometimes it can be a challenge to make a cake without gluten. In some recipes gluten is what holds the cake together.

gluten free chocolate apple cakeGF Chocolate Apple Cake

If you find a recipe that just won't work out with gluten free flours you could try using xanthan gum to replace the gluten. But I prefer not to use that since it isn't a natural whole food.

I also avoid some gluten free blended flours because they have potato starch and bean flours. I can't eat white potatoes or other nightshades because they contribute to my arthritis pain.

Depending on what types of flours you use instead of wheat flour, the texture might not seem right for the cake. Some gluten free flours like rice flour have a fine texture, others have a rougher texture, like flaxseed meal. Almond meal is somewhere in between. So it's important to consider the texture you want to achieve when choosing to substitute gluten free flours in a wheat-based recipe.

As I add recipes here, I'll try to explain why I chose to use certain ingredients that may not be found in similar wheat-based recipes.

A gluten free pound cake recipe you'll use over and over.

My Luscious Gluten Free Chocolate Apple Cake Recipe

Here's the first recipe for the gluten free section of Cake Baker. I had two gorgeous pieces of this chocolate yumminess, one at lunch and one for afternoon snack. I reluctantly resisted going for a third with dinner and left the extra ones at my daughter's house, just to keep me safe. You see, I'm on a mission to get really fit, so even making a cake in the first place felt dangerous to me!

Feel free to use a different combination of alternative flours if you don't have these on hand.

GF Chocolate Apple Cake Ingredients

gluten free cake recipe ingredientsGluten Free Apple Cake Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar (white, raw, your choice)
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk (use any milk you like)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2 apples, finely chopped
  • dash of cinnamon

Grease an 8 or 9 inch square baking dish or pan. Preheat oven to 350° F.

Chop the apples by hand or even finer in a food processor. Sprinkle about a quarter cup of sugar over them.

Stir the dry ingredients together. Whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla together and then combine with the dry ingredients. Stir in the apples and pour it all into the prepared baking pan.

Bake for 40 minutes. Test for doneness with a knife or toothpick.

How My Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Turned Out

As you can see in the pictures, my cake had a nice height, not too thin. The apples were chopped to about the size of a pencil eraser, but I thought they were still a little too big.

serving of gluten free chocolate apple cakeGF Chocolate Apple Cake

I think next time I will use brown sugar, maybe half brown and half white. Maple syrup might be nice in this recipe, too.

The cake was super moist, and I think this will vary depending on the flours used and how long you bake it, so your results may not be exactly like mine. The type of milk might also affect this. I used coconut milk because I happened to be out of regular milk, so I was a little nervous about how it might turn out.

Overall, I really like the results I got, but next time it will be even better!