Irish Apple Cake

From Gluten Free Around the World by Aviva Kanoff Yield:  12 servings
Prep Time:  25 minutes Cook Time:  45 minutes

Irish Apple Cake

Aviva Kanoff, author of Gluten Free Around the World, uses a combination of coconut and almond flours in this tempting (gluten-free) Irish Apple Cake.


4 tablespoons butter, softened, preferably Irish butter

½ cup granulated sugar

5 large eggs, beaten

1 cup milk

4 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled, and diced

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup coconut flour (see Notes from the Test Kitchen)

1 cup almond flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Vanilla ice cream or fully whipped cream (optional)



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and eggs until light and fluffy.
  3. Add milk, apples, and vanilla. Using a spatula, mix until apples are evenly coated.
  4. Sift together coconut flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon and add to the wet apple mixture and mix well.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake until cake is slightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 to 30 minutes.  Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream if desired.

Kitchen Tips

Notes from the Test Kitchen

Coconut flour, a flour made from made from dried coconut flesh, is a gluten-free alternative to grain-based flours. A byproduct of the manufacture of coconut milk, it is high in fiber and protein and low in carbs. It imparts a light coconut flavor that does not overwhelm either sweet or savory dishes. Its significant fiber content means that you must use a 1:1 ratio of coconut flour to liquid. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. If you have never used coconut flour before, it is best to work from a pre-tested recipe until you get the hang of how it works. You can find it in health food stores, well-stocked supermarkets, and online. Bob’s Red Mill makes an organic version. For a guide to using coconut flour, check out this one from Nourished Kitchen.


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