Incredibly easy apple custard cake, made with homemade or store bought cake mix (gluten free or not), applesauce and the perfect spices. Fall perfection!
It’s time for gluten free apple recipes that will knock your gluten free apple baking socks off. I give you … this addictive gluten free apple custard cake. You’re welcome, and I’m terribly sorry. But mostly, you’re welcome.
If you live within an hour’s drive of apple trees this time of year, you’re going to be coming in to some apples. Even if you don’t go apple-picking. Since I assume you have at least some neighbors, you’ll have apples. If nothing else, apples will soon be the least expensive, best-looking fruit at the grocery store. So we’d better get to work putting them to good use!
This apple custard cake is crazy easy to throw together, even if you make your own applesauce (which I do regularly, since I’ve got to more apples and my neighbors see me coming a mile away). I don’t even add any sugar to my applesauce when the apples are really fresh. I do add ground cinnamon or apple pie spice (which is mostly cinnamon – see the DIY apple pie spice below).
I don’t know why this cake works. I do know that it does. And that it is almost pudding-like inside. I don’t know much, but I know that. If you don’t want to make it, maybe I just don’t know you like I thought I did.
This is the sort of recipe that’s just so easy that, when you’re ready to put it in the oven after less than 5 minutes of prep, you double and triple check the recipe—just to be sure you didn’t miss a step.
All you do to make this amazing cake is mix applesauce (store-bought or homemade) with sweetened condensed milk (again, store-bought or homemade), eggs, a bit of sugar, plenty of apple pie spice. Add about 1/3 of a box (store-bought or homemade with my recipe) of vanilla cake mix, mix to combine and pour into a square baking dish. Sprinkle the rest of the dry cake mix in an even layer on top, followed by the melted butter. Pop it in the oven. That’s it.
The result is a moist and impossibly tender, custard-like bottom apple cake layer topped with a shortbread style top. And, naturally, a house that smells like heaven and a cheering family!
Easy Gluten Free Apple Custard Cake
8 ounces applesauce (homemade or chunky store-bought), plus more for drizzling
7 ounces sweetened condensed milk (for DIY versions, including dairy-free, click here)
2 eggs (120 g out of shell) at room temperature, beaten
1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice* (plus more for sprinkling)
8 tablespoons (112 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
*To make your own apple pie spice, combine 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom + 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg + 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger + 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan, line it with crisscrossed sheets of unbleached parchment paper, greasing in between the papers, and set it aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, place the 8 ounces applesauce, condensed milk, eggs, sugar and apple pie spice, and beat until well-combined. Add about ⅓ of the dry cake mix to the mixture, and mix to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the rest of the dry cake mix on top, and smooth carefully until the cake mix covers the applesauce layer evenly. Pour the melted butter evenly on top of the cake. Next, sprinkle on a bit more apple pie spice and scatter a few dollops of applesauce on top of the cake. Cover the pan with foil.
Place the cake in the center of the preheated oven, and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover, and bake until the cake has begun to pull away slightly from the side of the pan and is set on top (another 12 minutes for a 9-inch pan, about 15 minutes for an 8-inch pan). Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into squares and serving.
Originally published on the blog in 2013. Recipe and method the same, photos all new.