Cake is great.
It’s easy to whip together and versatile enough to serve at church picnics, card parties, play dates, dinner with friends, or a simple but satisfying end to a family meal.
It was for the latter reason I decided to make a cake recently. I wanted something a little sweet after the supper meal and was craving an applesauce cake I’d made a few years ago that I hadn’t tried converting to gluten-free yet.
But this day I had time to play and tweak. I was ecstatic with the results. A delicious and moist cake with enough applesauce to make me feel like I was eating on the healthy side and a beautiful frosting that crusted lightly on the top but was still soft and smooth underneath.
Gluten Free Applesauce Almond Cake (gluten-free)
2 1/4 c. GF Flour Mix
3/4 c. raw honey
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/4 t. baking soda
1 t. celtic sea salt
2/3 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 t. almond extract
2/3 c. milk
a splash of lemon juice
1 1/4 c. applesauce
1/2 c. chopped almonds (these are optional – soaked is best)
1. Combine the GF Flour Mix, honey, salt, butter, almond extract, milk, lemon juice, eggs, and applesauce.
2. Refrigerate the batter for 12-24 hours. (The longer the better.)
3. When you are ready to bake, let the batter come to room temp.
4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×13 or two 9″ cake pans.
5. Add the baking powder, baking soda, and chopped almonds to the batter.
6. Pour batter into prepared pan(s) and bake for 45-50 min. or until the cake springs back when you touch it. (You may have to increase your baking time a bit as soaked flours take longer to bake.)
7. Cool and frost with Brown Sugar and Honey Frosting (recipe below).
Brown Sugar and Honey Frosting (gluten-free)
1/3 c. (5 1/3 T.) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 c. brown sugar or cane sugar
2 T. raw honey
2 T. milk (or milk substitute)
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1. Melt butter. Add cane sugar and honey; bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
2. Boil for about 1 min. Remove from the heat.
3. Using a wooden spoon, stir in milk and vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth; cool 1 min.
4. Spread evenly over cake and let set to form a light crust.
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