Gluten Free Apple Cake with Coconut + Raw Cashew Cream

Gluten free apple cake with almond meal, coconut and naturally sweetened with honey. Topped with a vegan raw cashew cream.


I’ve been doing a lot of baking lately, trying to stock up before winter hibernation I guess. And this cake is a definite triumph – light and crumbly, and packed full of good things. To be enjoyed with a morning coffee or an afternoon tea. The cashew cream can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge for a few days – and is basically to die for. 


Apple Coconut Cake

2 1/2 cups almond meal
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 medium apples, grated

Raw Cashew (Dream) Cream*

3/4 cup raw unsalted cashews
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon honey
Pinch ground cinnamon


Place the cashews in a bowl and cover with water – let soak for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 F / 175 C

In a small bowl, combine almond meal, coconut, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt

In a large bowl, whisk eggs alone for a minute or two until thick and pale in color, then add apple sauce, honey and vanilla and whisk together until well combined. Stir in grated apples.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined

Press gently into a rectangular baking dish (11 x 7inch) and bake in the oven for about 35 minutes until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean

Turn off the oven and leave in the cake in to cool down slowly

After 10 minutes remove from the oven and let cool (the more you let it cool the easier it will be to cut since its a pretty delicate cake due to the almond flour).

Drain and rinse the cashews. To make the cashew cream place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth ( add more coconut milk for a thinner cream, or more honey for sweetness)

Spoon the cream over a piece of cake and enjoy!

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  • Reply
    December 11, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Just made this cake – oh my is it ever good. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Jodi Kay
      December 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Oh great – so glad you liked it Maria! Thank you!

  • Reply
    lysa jordan
    December 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    This looks totally delicious! Your photos are beautiful also!:)

    • Reply
      Jodi Kay
      December 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Oh thank you, Lysa!

  • Reply
    May 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Jodi, today I’m collecting cake recipes. Please drop me a line on if you are ok with me linking to your post in my blog (Carole’s Chatter). Cheers

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    Heather Fong
    December 14, 2014 at 8:59 am

    this looks so yummy! im not normally into gluten free/dairy free baking, but i definitely plan on trying this one when i have time next week.

    • Reply
      December 14, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you, Heather and oh it’s a good one, Heather! I hope you like it! J x

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