It’s that time of year again when my mom’s apple tree goes bonkers and she brings me large bags of little apples of an unknown variety. It’s not really enough apples to make vats of apple butter, but it’s more than I want to bake alone or eat as chips.
Last year I solved my apple abundance “problem” with an apple crisp. This year, behold: apple cake.
This is a simple recipe that basically involves mostly apples and a little bit of batter. I don’t think the type of apple matters all that much, and since I can’t even tell you which type I used, I say use whatever you’ve got.
I hope you find yourself with an applepalooza this year, because this cake is a worthy solution.
Nut-Free, Gluten-Free Apple Cake
~4 cups of apples, peeled and diced into 1″ chunks (this was 11 really small apples for me)
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 tablespoons of butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Liberally butter a 8″ or 9″ springform pan. You can use a non-springform pan, but be prepared to serve out of it since the cake is unlikely to come out easily, and it shouldn’t be turned upside-down.
In a small bowl, mix the coconut flour, tapioca flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt with a fork. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until they’re a little foamy. Whisk in the butter, then slowly add the flour mixture.
Using a spatula, fold in the apple chunks until they’re well coated. Turn the apple and batter mixture into the buttered pan and use the back of the spatula to spread it out evenly and flatten it to the degree possible.
Bake at 350 degrees for ~55 minutes or until the top is slightly browned and the batter part is solid (not wet and squishy). Let it sit in the springform pan for 5 minutes, then use a knife to loosen the edges and remove the ring from the sides.
Keep it in the fridge for up to three days. I have a feeling it’s even better the second day, but I confess I’m not sure mine will ever last that long.