Gluten Free Toffee Apple Cake with Cinnamon Frosting
So everybody knows I love autumn or fall, depending on which part of the big pond you are from and to celebrate the beginning of autumn a few days ago I had to bake a cake. Yes, I meant to share this recipe with you sooner, however, I have to admit I have been a bit distracted by colourful leaves blowing in the breeze, cooler temperatures, oh and of course the puppy! Yes, the puppy has been very distracting, ha!
I didn’t tell hubby what kind of cake this is before he ate it, as, for as long as I know him, he has declared he hates cooked apples since his childhood! Something to do with his mom simmering apples on the stove for hours and the smell of it in the house when he was a kid. Anyway, I knew, if I told hubby this was a cake including apples, he would most likely form an opinion about it before trying it, so I did what any loving wife in my situation would do and well, simply didn’t tell him! Mwahahaha (evil laughter)!
So hubby starts eating the cake and I am just watching from the kitchen in anticipation of his reaction. He says,
“What is this, Honey? It’s delicious!”
Me “You like it?”
Hubby “Like it? I love it! You can make this again! So are you going to tell me what it is or not?”
Me “It’s Toffee Apple Cake! So, you still like it even though it’s apple?”
Hubby “I couldn’t care less if it has apple in it if it tastes this good!”
Me (quietly to myself) “Yeeessssssssss! Ha!”
Me personally, I love anything apple, anything cinnamon, anything toffee! Ok, I like anything fall related! So when I was trying to come up with something to bake to celebrate the fact that I will soon be able to wear layers and layers of clothing again, including warm sweaters, coats, hats, boots and scarves, let’s not forget scarves, I decided to try and combine as many of my favourite fall flavours as possible.
This cake is soft and fluffy and creamy and dreamy and, … did I mention it is one of the quickest and easiest cakes I have ever made? Did I mention this cake doesn’t involve peeling and chopping apples? Ha! You wont’ even need a handheld mixer. All you will need is a big bowl and a spoon to mix it all up. Ok, two bowls and two spoons, if you make the frosting, too! Oh and did I mention the cake itself is dairy free and the frosting is easily made dairy free, too by replacing the cream cheese for a dairy free alternative. So anyway, let’s get on with it!
300g soft brown sugar
100g oil (I used sunflower, but this could be easily made with coconut or any other type you prefer)
300g plain gluten free flour (I used Dove’s Farm)
3 tsp gf baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2-3 tsp ground mixed spice
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
470g jar of apple sauce (I used Tesco)
For the frosting:
400g powdered (confectioners) sugar, sifted
250g cream cheese (or dairy free alternative)
1 tsp vanilla extract
8g ground cinnamon
For the decoration: (optional)
One apple (washed and dried)
Preheat your oven to 175C (mine is a fan assisted oven). Line 3 round, shallow 8inch cake tins with baking paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the sugar with the eggs and the oil with a spoon. Then add the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, mixed spice, salt, vanilla and apple sauce and continue to mix until everything is evenly combined. Share the mix between the 3 cake tins and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. Make sure to check at least once or twice during this time, to make sure they are baking evenly. Once they have each fully cooked, remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
To make the frosting, combine the sifted confectioners sugar with the cinnamon, vanilla and cream cheese (or dairy free alternative) and stir until smooth.
Once the cake layers have cooled, you can begin to assemble, beginning with a layer of cake, spread on a third of the frosting, add the next layer of cake, spread another third of the frosting, add the final layer of cake and the spread on the remaining frosting. (Tip! If the frosting is too runny to work with, place it in the fridge for an hour prior to using it).
If you want to decorate your cake simply place the apple in the middle on top of your cake and pour over the toffee sauce.
At first I had planned on spreading out the frosting along the sides of the cake and tidy up the frosting on the plate, but I really liked the ooey gooey look of it, so I decided to leave like that. If you prefer, you can spread the frosting evenly around the sides of the cake.
Either way, this cake is an absolute winner and I am already craving more!
Leave me a note below and tell me what you think and if you bake it, make sure to post a picture on Facebook, as I love to see your creations.
Right, I am off now, probably to make more of this cake!
Love and light,