Sunday, November 7, 2010

Gluten and Egg Free Apple Cake

My friend Trond is a very lucky guy. He has not one, but two lovely ladies to cook him food. He requested an apple cake from me, and I did my best to deliver. This was my second ever attempt at gluten free baking and I am pretty happy with the results, for the most part. 

You see I made this cake once before I made it for Trond and it turned out beautifully. Topped with peanut butter frosting it was even better. So what's the problem? Poor Trond here ended up with a cake that was semi sunk and not fully cooked in the center. The culprit? Waaaaaaaaaaay off oven temperature. So sorry my friend, I blame the oven and I promise you a new and much better cake next time. I'll use my oven instead ;) All in all for a gluten free cake, this is a definite winner. Perfect or not, we had a great time making it together and sharing it with our friends, that's what it's all about.  Now, on to the baking. 


Sift together all of your dry ingredients, or cheat like I did and just whisk them together.

Next, find a nice guy and set him to work peeling all those apples.

Combine all of the rest of the ingredients together, and throw in those slave apples.  Pop her in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes.  This next step is the most important.  Ready?

 Oven camping.  Do not underestimate this.  I got caught by Trond and he thought I was weird, but this is a very important ritual.  I swear things taste better if you sit in front of the oven staring at it like you're watching grass grow.  Try it out, you'll thank me.

And we're done.  As you can see Trond was very happy to finally have that cake out of the oven.  I'm glad it made him happy, even if it wasn't the best. To friends!

Gluten and Egg Free Apple Cake recipe adapted from

1 1/2 Cups Gluten Free Flour Blend
1/2 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Allspice
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1/4 Cup (56g) Butter, softened
1/2 Cup Apple Butter: recipe here
3/4 Cup Sugar
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Banana, mashed
3 Tablespoons Milk
4 Apples, 3 grated, 1 diced
Chopped Walnuts, optional 

Preheat oven to 350F/175C

Grease a springform pan.

Combine flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and allspice.  Set aside.

Cream butter, add sugars and cream together for two minutes until light and fluffy.
Add milk and mashed banana, mix well.
Add flour mixture in two additions, beating well in between.
Stir in apples, add walnuts if desired.

Bake 40 - 45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

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