Gluten Free Applesauce Spice Cake with Raisins is a lovely, moist coffee cake for you to enjoy as a snack or to send to school in the kids' lunches. This recipe is free from grains and dairy, but you'd never know it! For a nut free treat, you might also like Gluten Free Applesauce Muffins with Raisins or Gluten Free Date Squares with Raisins.
While I enjoy this treat anytime, fall is the perfect time of year for a spiced cake because the apple harvest is coming in.
- Applesauce - Use a jar of prepared, unsweetened applesauce or make your own. Some chopped, peeled apples simmered in a little water for a few minutes will do the trick nicely. Once the apples are soft, mash them together with the water, and it's ready.
- Raisins - I like the sweet moistness that soft, juicy raisins add to the mix. Are you a fan of raisins? Some people like them and some don't.
Key Tips for Making Gluten Free Applesauce Spice Cake Recipe
Bring Ingredients to Room Temperature
For best results, bring the eggs, applesauce, and flours to room temperature before preparing this cake. This is important if you store your almond and coconut flours in the refrigerator as I do. If the applesauce has been opened, it will have been refrigerated, too.
Coconut Oil Should Be Liquid
Your coconut oil should be in liquid form. For most of the year in Canada, this requires melting it.
If you put some coconut oil into a heat-proof container and set it into your preheating oven for a couple of minutes, it will soften up nicely. Pull it out before it's all melted and gets too hot. Then stir it up and let it sit to finish melting.
You don't want the oil to be too hot when you add it to the batter, or it will cook your eggs prematurely. If you've brought your other ingredients up to room temperature, the coconut oil should stay liquid as you stir it in.
Applesauce cake is sweet, moist, and mildly spiced with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
Applesauce adds natural sweetness and extra fibre to cakes without increasing calories. It also contributes moisture, which seems to increase as the cake is refrigerated for a day or two.
If you really dislike raisins, leave them out. They do, however, add a nice moist, sweetness to the cake which I quite like.
Store the cake in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a few days.
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Gluten Free Applesauce Spice Cake with Raisins
- 1 cup tapioca flour
- 1 cup almond flour
- ⅓ cup organic raw sugar
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 3 eggs at room temperature
- 2 cups unsweetened applesauce at room temperature
- ¾ cup coconut oil liquid
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups raisins
- Grease an 8-inch by 8-inch (20 cm by 20 cm) pyrex cake pan with coconut oil.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
- In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients except for raisins.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Whisk in the applesauce, coconut oil, and vanilla.
- Stir wet ingredients into the dry. Then stir in the raisins.
- Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake for 50 to 55 minutes.
- Test for doneness by poking the cake with a fork or toothpick near the centre. If it comes out clean or brings cooked crumbs with it, the cake is done.