Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Gluten-free apple cinnamon coffee cake

I subscribe to Allie Roomberg’s blog – baking a moment. She sent the link to this recipe before the celebration we had in our backyard, so I decided to try it and offer it to our guests. The gluten-free apple cinnamon coffee cake was a big hit and they even brought some home!

One of the many reasons why I love living in New England is apple season. August is a little early for that, but in this non seasonal market we live in, apples can be found at any time and I am always attracted to a recipe that combines simplicity and apples.


Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

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Recipe by Simona Gluten-free Course: RecipesDifficulty: easy
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  • For the cinnamon crumb topping
  • 113 g 113 unsalted butter – 1/2 cup, 1 stick

  • 234 g 234 Simona’s Flour Mix – 1 1/2 cups

  • 170 g 170 brown sugar – 3/4 cup

  • 1 Tablespoon 1 ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 salt

  • For the sour cream cake
  • 234 g 234 Simona’s Flour Mix – 1 1/2 cups

  • 100 g 100 granulated sugar – 1/2 cup

  • 3/4 teaspoon 3/4 baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon 1/4 salt

  • 85 g 85 unsalted butter, softened – 6 Tablespoons

  • 2 large 2 eggs

  • 160 g 160 sour cream – 2/3 cup

  • 1 Tablespoon 1 lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon 1 vanilla extract

  • 2 Tablespoons 2 glycerin

  • 2 medium apples 2 peeled, cored, and diced

  • For the toppings
  • 90 g 90 confectioners’ sugar – 3/4 cup

  • 2 Tablespoons 2 milk


  • To make the cinnamon crumb topping
  • Place the butter in a small pot and melt over low heat.
  • Add the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt, and toss to combine.
  • To make the sour cream cake
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and mist a 9-inch springform pan with vegetable spray.
  • Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl, and stir to combine.
  • Add the butter, and mix on medium-low speed until the mixture resembles damp sand (about 2 minutes).
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed until smooth.
  • Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, then add the sour cream, lemon juice, vanilla, and glycerin.
  • Beat on medium speed for about 1 1/2 minutes, to aerate the cake batter and build its structure.
  • Transfer about 2/3 of the batter to the prepared pan.
  • Top with the diced apples, sprinkle with half of the crumb topping, then spread the remaining batter on top (layers of cake batter may seem thin, but they will puff up as they bake).
  • Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon crumb mixture on top, then bake the cake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the thickest part of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  • To top the apple coffee cake
  • Stir the powdered sugar and milk together in a small bowl until smooth, then drizzle over the cake.
  • Dust the cake with additional powdered sugar, if you wish, for garnish.

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