Upside Down Gluten Free Apple Cake

Upside Down Gluten Free Apple Cake

I have been wanting to make a gluten free apple cake for a long time now. And finally I did get so many apples that it was worthwhile to do! Slightly different than what I’ve done in past but I like the change. Especially the addition of carrot and cacao. It was a genius idea:)

By the way, have you heard of the ‘Upside Down’ yet? Well I’ve been watching the second season of  Stranger Things and wanted to comfort myself with a nice autumnal dessert, complementing the series. So that’s how my Upside Down vegan apple cake came into existence! If you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, don’t worry. This is just an attempt at a nerd joke:)

Now back to the recipe!

Making of the Gluten free Apple Cake

The dessert is packed full of nuts and spices that will warm you up just thinking about it. Plus it has a vegetable part included, so great for families with kids who struggle with fresh veg. As it’s apple season, this particular dessert was first thought of as a humble apple pie. But then I asked myself, why not make a mash up between apple and carrot cake? Both are firm favorites in English baking and the mix between the two surely would be delicious!

Have you got an apple?

So ahead I went, experimenting with texture and flavors. The finishing and delicate touch was adding some cacao powder which made the cake extra rich and it just pairs so well with apples. I believe, it is just irresistible combination. So if you have an overload of apples at home or are in need of using up some old ones, that don’t look their best anymore, I recommend you to try this special recipe. It’s very simple to make and the only chore really, is the grating and chopping, which you can prepare ahead. Hope you enjoy it!

Upside Down Apple and Carrot Cacao Cake

20 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

Yields 8 slices


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  • 4tbsp melted coconut oil, plus extra for lining the baking dish
  • 3tbsp g/f porridge flakes
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 3 apples, 1 and 1/2 sliced, the rest grated
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • lemon juice
  • 180ml almond milk
  • 3tbsp rice syrup
  • 5tbsp raisins, soaked in boiled water for 10 mins
  • 150g buckwheat flour
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 60g chopped pecans
  • 4tbsp milled flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp each of cacao and maca powder
  • 1tbsp ground ginger and cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Butter the cake dish with coconut oil and use porridge flakes to coat.
  3. Lay the apple slices on the bottom of the dish to cover it completely and overlap the excess fruit in layers.
  4. In separate bowls combine the dry and the wet ingredients.
  5. Then start adding the flour mix to the liquids, mixing thoroughly to form a crumbly dough. Run through a food processor or blender if you prefer smoother texture.
  6. Pout this mixture over the layered fruit and smooth out the top.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 50 mins until a skewer comes out clean.



2602 cal


151 g


266 g


59 g
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Tips for Gluten free Apple Cake:

If you run out of carrots, go for pure apple pie, remembering to grate an extra apple, or just half of one.

Another option might be not adding the cacao and milled seeds if you like a lighter color dessert.

Depending who are you going to be serving this dessert to, you can choose to enhance the flavor of the raisins. Instead of soaking them in boiled water, use Cherry juice concentrate for kids or Mirin (Japanese fermented alcohol) for adults. If you like for the things to stay old fashioned, and are currently not avoiding regular alcohol, go for Rum.