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Apple Walnut Cake with Cinnamon Sugar Glaze (Vegan/GF)

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8-12 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


An old family recipe made gluten free and vegan (but still delicious!).




  • 3 flax eggs (One flax egg = 1 tbsp ground flax meal to 2 1/2 tbsp water)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened to room temp
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten free cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg (freshly grated, if possible)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped, peeled apples

Cinnamon Sugar Glaze:

  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cast iron skillet with 1 tsp coconut oil and line bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Make flax eggs by stirring flax meal into water. Let sit to thicken for 10-15 min, stirring a few times.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, spices and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, coconut sugar, coconut oil, apple sauce, flax eggs, and vanilla. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients, mixing well with each addition.
  4. Stir in chopped nuts and apples. Pour into skillet and spread evenly. If desired, top with more apples.
  5. Bake for 45-50 min, or until toothpick comes out dry. Rotate pan once or twice during baking. Once finished, remove from oven and let cool completely before topping with glaze and more chopped nuts.


  1. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Pour over cooled cake.


Gluten free cake flour can be hard to find - we order ours online here. If you can't find any, you can substitute with regular gluten free all purpose flour, but the texture may be a bit more dense and chewy.

  • Category: Cakes
  • Method: Oven