Our apple tree was loaded with fruit this autumn and I just couldn’t resist picking some to make a wonderful gluten free apple cake with ginger and cinnamon.
For me, the apples and the spices make this the perfect apple cake recipe and my husband, who doesn’t need to be gluten free, enjoys it too. What's more, it is extremely easy to make.
One really special thing about this recipe for me, is the aroma of the cinnamon. It is actually one of the very few scents that I can enjoy as I have an almost non-existent sense of smell.
So much so, that I almost burned my house down when we were first married!
Back then we used a large saucepan with a wire mesh basket for deep frying, and one day I forget to turn it off after serving the meal. I settled down with my daughter in the living room, waiting for my husband to come in and didn’t realize that the pan had caught fire!
Roger, of course, noticed straight away when he returned home and called the fire brigade immediately. They were able to save the rest of the house but the kitchen was a mess.
It took me three days to wash the black soot of the ceiling, and then I started on the contents of all the cupboards. NOT fun! The worst thing was, we were due to move house three weeks later. With a lot of hard work, all was spick and span for the new owners when they moved in. Phew!
Anyway, on to the gluten free apple cake recipe that you came here for.
Sieve the flour, baking powder and spices into a large bowl, and also put aside for now.
Take a heavy based saucepan and add the margarine, sugar and syrup or honey to it. Warm the pan over a medium heat until the ingredients have melted together, then set that aside to cool a little.
Meanwhile peel, core and slice the apples. If you prefer smaller pieces of fruit in your spiced apple cake you can chop most of them, but do leave some as slices to decorate the top. To stop the slices going brown you can sprinkle them with a little lemon juice.
Pour the cooled pan ingredients into the flour mix and stir thoroughly, then add the beaten egg and the apple pieces (save a few for decoration). Also mix in the chopped stem ginger.
Pour the mixture into your loaf tin, lay the reserved apple slices on top and sprinkle them with a little demerara sugar.
Cook for an hour or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. I find with my oven that an hour is enough, but when I cooked this apple cake recipe in my parents oven it took a little longer, so you may need to adjust the timing slightly.
Leave to cool in the tin before you try to turn the cake out.
This cake is delightful when served still warm, but IF you have any left over it will keep for a couple of days in a cake tin with a lid.