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Gluten-Free Apple Pound Cake topped with caramelized apples and spices. Dairy-free.

Gluten-Free Apple Pound Cake

Gluten-Free Apple Pound Cake recipe topped with caramelized apples and spices. Inspired the Starbucks loaf cake! Dairy-free.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 274kcal
Author Tessa


Gluten-Free Apple Pound Cake

Caramelized Apple Topping

  • 1 apple, peeled and diced Gala, Empire or Granny Smith work well
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 3 teaspoons organic cane sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger


Gluten-Free Apple Pound Cake

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a loaf pan (8x4x2) with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, add butter, organic cane sugar, and coconut sugar. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium-high until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, followed by the lemon zest and vanilla extract. Mix to combine.
  • Add the almond flour, white rice flour, cornstarch, spices, and salt. Mix until evenly incorporated. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Smooth so that it lays evenly. 
  • Place the diced apples in a small bowl with sugars, cornstarch, and spices. Toss to thoroughly coat apples. Spread apples on top of cake batter into an even layer. Press apples down slightly into batter.
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick or fork come out mostly clean. The top part of the cake will be slightly gooey. 
  • Allow cake to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • When cake has cooled, remove from pan and slice with a sharp knife. Serve on its own or with regular or coconut whipped cream. 


Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 634IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg