This tender and delicious apple bundt cake is made with almond and cassava flour, but even your pickiest eaters won’t ever suspect that it’s totally grain free, gluten free, and paleo-friendly!
An overhead shot of apple Bundt Cake and three slices on white plates. There is a red banner that says that it is paleo, gluten-free, and grain-free.

This showstopper of a cake is super simple to throw together, especially if you have an abundance of apples. Better yet, my paleo version tastes like a “real” gluten-packed bundt cake, with a moist and tender crumb dotted with apples and infused with cinnamon.

Paleo and gluten-free apple bundt cake!

When autumn rolls around, I start dreaming about uncomplicated apple and cinnamon infused treats, and this paleo cake made with almond and cassava flour hits the spot!

A shot of three slices of apple Bundt Cake on white plates with forks, next to the cake.

I modified my Berry Snack Cake recipe to create this fall-inspired paleo dessert that’s pretty enough for company. Although I prefer using lactose-free ghee in this recipe, softened coconut oil or palm shortening also works great if you prefer a dairy-free version.

What are the best apples for baking?

To make sure the apple slices don’t dissolve completely into the baked apple bundt cake batter, choose an apple variety that holds its shape during the baking process. Some of the best baking apples are Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Mutsu, Braeburn, and Pink Lady. Feel free to mix and match the varieties, too!

Can you substitute other ingredients?

Yes, I know I’ve been baking more paleo desserts lately, but that doesn’t make me a paleo baking expert. I’m not sure if you can use an egg substitute or use another flour in place of almond flour or cassava flour in this apple bundt cake recipe because I haven’t tried out all the different possible permutations. But if you have success with any ingredient substitutions, please let us all know in the comments section below!

Where’s the glaze?

I know most bundt cakes are topped with an icing or glaze, but I think this apple bundt cake tastes perfectly sweet unadorned. It may be an Asian thing where we don’t love super sweet desserts, but give it a try, ’kay?

UPDATE: I have since created an amazing paleo and vegan cream cheese frosting that works perfectly with this apple bundt cake!

An overhead shot of an apple bundt cake with no glaze. The red banner at the bottom says that is is paleo, gluten-free, and grain-free.

How do you store the cake?

You can keep this apple bundt cake in a sealed container at cool room temperature for up to two days. However, because the cake is very moist, I like to store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for a few months. You can thaw the frozen cake overnight in the fridge and take the cake out an hour before serving it to bring to room temperature.

Let’s Make Apple Bundt Cake!

Serves 16

Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds (680.4 grams) apples (Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Mutsu, Braeburn, or Pink Lady), peeled and cored
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 cups (224 grams) finely ground almond flour
  • 1½ cups (192 grams) cassava flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • 1 cup (224 grams) ghee, coconut oil, or palm shortening, softened
  • 1⅓ cups (192 grams) maple sugar or coconut sugar
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup (158 mL) full-fat canned coconut milk at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Equipment

  • All my favorite tools are listed here, including my favorite mixer and bundt pan.

Method

Heat the oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle. Lightly grease the sides and bottom of a 10-­inch non-stick bundt pan with some ghee, coconut oil, or avocado oil.

Someone using a paper towel to grease a 10-inch bundt pan with ghee.

Use the large holes of a grater or food processor to shred half of the apples.

An Asian woman grating apples on the large holes of a grater and in a food processor.

Use a sharp knife to thinly chop the other half into small thin rectangles, about the size of your thumbnail.

Slicing apples into thin rectangle slices for apple Bundt Cake.

Place the apples in a large bowl and toss with the apple cider vinegar. Set aside.

Three images that show someone mixing shredded and sliced apples with apple cider vinegar in a clear bowl.

In a separate medium bowl, combine the flours, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

Someone adding a spoonful of baking soda to a bowl filled with the dry ingredients for apple Bundt Cake.

Whisk the dry ingredients together, and set the bowl aside.

Whisking the dry ingredients in a silver mixing bowl for paleo and gluten free apple Bundt Cake

Plop the softened ghee (or coconut oil) and maple sugar (or coconut sugar) in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl if you are using a hand mixer.

Adding ghee and maple sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer.

Use the paddle attachment to blend the mixture on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes or until lighter in color and fluffy.

An overhead shot of ghee and maple sugar creamed together in a stand mixer. The batter is light yellow and creamy.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs, coconut milk, and vanilla.

Three images showing raw eggs, coconut milk, and vanilla being added to the apple Bundt Cake batter in a stand mixing bowl

Beat the mixture on medium speed for 30 seconds or until combined.

An overhead shot that shows what the apple Bundt Cake batter looks like after all the liquid ingredients have been mixed in.

Next, add half the flour mixture and beat on low speed until combined.

Two photos that show someone adding half the dry ingredients to the apple Bundt Cake batter and the second image shows it all mixed in.

Slowly add the rest of the flour and mix until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix in any dry flour with a spatula.

Two photos of a stand mixer where the rest of the dry ingredients are added and mixed into the apple Bundt Cake batter until uniform.

Carefully fold the apples into the batter.

Two photos showing someone folding in the shredded apples into the apple Bundt Cake batter.

Transfer the batter to the greased bundt pan and smooth the top.

Someone using a black silicone spatula to transfer the apple Bundt Cake batter into a greased bundt pan.

Pop the pan in the oven.

Someone placing a gluten free apple Bundt Cake in the oven.

Bake until the cake is golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 70 minutes.

Someone testing if an apple Bundt Cake is ready by sticking a skewer in it.

Cool the cake in the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes.

Someone using a towel to place a freshly baked apple Bundt Cake on a wire rack to cool in the pan.

Invert the cake on a wire rack and remove the pan.

Inverting the apple Bundt Cake on a wire rack and removing the pan to reveal a golden brown cake.

Cool the apple bundt cake completely, about two hours.

An apple Bundt Cake cooling on a cooling rack after the bundt pan has been removed.

Slice up and enjoy!

An overhead shot of paleo and gluten free apple Bundt Cake surrounded by three plates with cake slices


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013), Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017), and Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2021).


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Apple Bundt Cake (Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free)

4.80 from 45 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Cooling time2 hours
Servings 16
This tender and delicious apple bundt cake is made with almond and cassava flour, but even your pickiest eaters won’t ever suspect that it’s totally grain free, gluten free, and paleo-friendly!

Ingredients 
 

  • pounds apples peeled and cored. Granny Smith, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Mutsu, Braeburn, and Pink Lady are good baking apple varieties.
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 cups finely ground almond flour
  • cups cassava flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt 
  • 1 cup ghee softened (or coconut oil or palm shortening)
  • 1⅓ cup maple sugar or coconut sugar
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • cup full-fat coconut milk at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle. Lightly grease the sides and bottom of a 10-­inch non-stick bundt pan with some ghee, coconut oil, or avocado oil.
  • Use the large holes of a grater or food processor to shred half of the apples and use a sharp knife to thinly chop the other half into small thin rectangles, about the size of your thumbnail.
  • Place the apples in a bowl and toss with the apple cider vinegar. Set aside.
  • In medium bowl, whisk together flours, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • Plop the softened ghee (or coconut oil) and maple sugar (or coconut sugar) in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl if you are using a hand mixer.
  • Use the paddle attachment to blend the mixture on medium-high speed for 3 to 5 minutes or until lighter in color and fluffy.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs, coconut milk, and vanilla. Beat the mixture on medium speed for 30 seconds or until combined.
  • Next, add half the flour mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Slowly add the rest of the flour and mix until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix in any dry flour with a spatula.
  • Carefully fold the apples into the batter with a silione spatula.
  • Transfer the batter to the greased bundt pan and smooth the top.
  • Pop the pan in the oven and bake until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 70 minutes.
  • Cool the cake in the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes. Invert the cake on a wire rack and cool completely, about two hours. Slice and enjoy!

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Notes

  • For the best results, weight out your dry ingredients with a kitchen scale. Hit the metric button to get the gram measurements for dry ingredients.
  • You can keep the apple bundt cake in a sealed container at cool room temperature for up to two days. However, because the cake is very moist, I prefer to store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for a few months. You can thaw the frozen cake overnight in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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44 Comments

  1. just made this. Took me much longer to prep but it smells amazing. I had to sub a lot of things so my end result is somewhat irrelevant here. Hope it tastes good though. Thanks for the inspiration

  2. 5 stars
    Whole family loved it! It’s delicious!! I subbed cashew flour for the almond, & used coconut sugar rather than maple. Came out wonderful.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this today and it was a huge hit! I used Tapioca Flour instead of Cassava Flour (equal measurement) and honey crisp apples. Thank you so much for the recipe and helping us to get in the fall spirit 🍁

    1. Also I didn’t have a Bundt pan so I used three mini loaves and a 9 x 6 baking dish (which did much better than the loaf pans).

  4. I made this and it tastes delicious. Prep time is much longer than 15 minutes as others have said. My cake however does not slice but crumbles. I did not bake 70 minutes but longer than 55. I removed the cake from the oven as the sides were separated from the Bundt pan.

    1. I haven’t tried it! I’m not sure if you need to decrease a little liquid to compensate for the syrup…

  5. It smells wonderful and tastes delicious but mine fell apart coming out of the pan. I baked in a Bundt pan greased with coconut oil for 60 minutes. Inserted a skewer and it came out clean. Cooled in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes. When I went to invert it on the cooling rack, the top half stayed stuck to the pan. What did I do wrong? I’ve stayed away from my Nordicware Bundt pan because it’s disappointing to put in the time and effort for mess. I was hoping this time would be different. We will still enjoy it

    1. I had a similar problem! My bundt pan has never caused me problems, and the parts that initial stuck actually fell out onto the broken cake. I cooked it for 70 minutes, and when it just completely fell apart. I think the almond flour volume is the problem, because the recipe doesn’t provide a weight and almond flour quantity varies a lot when measured by volume.

  6. 5 stars
    OMG, this is delicious! I don’t have a bundt pan, but I have a mini angel food cake pan that makes 6 small cakes, so I used that and gave it about 40 minutes. I had leftover batter, so I also made some mini muffins. This would also make regular muffins, or any shape you want! Everyone loves it.

    Happy belated Birthday!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this cake recipe two days in a row. I’m not a baker at heart though I love cooking. It took a long time to make the first time and my kitchen was a big mess. I was cursing the whole time. HOWEVER, the cake was delicious. So, I decided to make it again the next day to ‘tame the monster’. I was much more organized, and since I had already returned the borrowed bundt pan, I used my angel food cake pan…….probably for the second time in many, many years. Again, it turned out beautifully. I like the angel food pan better as it is easier to clean. The loaf pan is a great idea, too. By the way, I froze most of it.
    This recipe goes faster if you have the right kitchen appliances and get organized before beginning. Actually, dont they all? But this one really requires being organized. I also cut back to one cup of coconut sugar which still seemed like a lot to us, but it was lovely. I used local Honey Crisp apples that were huge so three were plenty. I used my food processor to grate and then I used the chopping blade to roughly chop the other half.
    This is a wonderful cake.
    Thanks!