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Overhead view of frosted apple cake cut into squares

Apple Cake

This Apple Cake is soft, moist with juicy bursts of apple topped with a creamy dairy-free frosting. It's a healthy sheet cake that is easy to make with wholesome gluten-free ingredients without any refined sugars and makes the perfect healthy snack or dessert for fall. Freezer-friendly, vegan and paleo-friendly.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cake, apple cake recipe, apple sheet cake, gluten free cake, icing recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 16 slices
Calories 322 kcal
Author Kelly


Frosting - 2 Ways

1 - Vegan Icing

  • 1 cup vegan butter , room temperature - sub with refined coconut oil or ghee if not dairy-free
  • 2/3 cup powdered maple sugar , powdered Lakanto monkfruit sweetener or powdered sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 - Paleo Icing


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line and grease 9x13 inch cake pan with parchment paper.

  2. Measure out the almond milk in a measuring cup and add vinegar. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, until milk is curdled.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, milk, maple syrup and vanilla. Pour in the curdled almond milk.

    Place a large mesh sieve over the bowl and sift in the flours, baking powder and baking soda. Add the cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and salt and stir the batter until fully combined.

    Fold in all the chopped apples.

    Wet ingredients being added to a bowl of dry ingredients for apple cake
  4. Pour the batter into the pan, smoothing the top. 

    Overhead view of apple cake batter in a 9x13 pan
  5. Bake in the preheated ovev for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Transfer to cooling rack and allow the cake to fully cool.

  7. Once the cake is fully cool, use the parchment paper to very GENTLY lift it out of the pan and place it on a wire rack.

    Combine the icing ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. Add more sweetener or milk, for desired consistency and sweetness.

    Use a spatula or a knife to spread evenly over the cake.

    Overhead view of frosting being spread on apple cake
  8. Drizzle some maple syrup, sprinkle some chopped nuts or extra cinnamon on top, cut and serve!

    Close-up of frosted squares of apple cake topped with cinnamon
Nutrition Facts
Apple Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 1mg0%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.