Gluten-Free Apple Dapple Bundt Cake {Dairy-Free Option}

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This gluten-free Apple Dapple Bundt Cake is a super moist cake that is loaded with fresh apples, crunchy pecans and covered in a buttery brown sugar glaze. With a dairy-free option.

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Even though it’s still summer and super hot here in North Florida, I’m dreaming of cooler Fall weather and everything apple, especially gluten-free apple bundt cake.

My husband loves bundt cakes. Gluten-free bundt cakes are super easy to whip up and are always a crowd pleaser.

One of his favorites flavors of gluten-free bundt cake is Apple Dapple Cake. Apple Dapple cake is a super moist apple cake with crunchy pecans and a brown sugar glaze.

Gluten-Free Apple Bundt Cake In A Few Easy Steps

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The first step is to peel and chop the apples. Once I peel the apples I like to use an apple slicer to core the apples. Then I dice them up into smaller pieces. (photo 1)

I really like using gala apples in baking because they are sweet and crisp, but you can use your favorite type of apples. It took four gala apples to make three cups of diced apples to use in the apple bundt cake recipe.

The gluten-free bundt cake batter is super easy to whip up. I start by creaming the sugar and butter together in my mixer. Once it’s nice and fluffy I add one egg at a time. I then add the rest of the wet ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture.

Once all of the wet ingredients are combined I add the dry ingredients to the bundt cake batter. The batter will start to thicken up. Make sure to mix it until it’s nice an smooth.

To finish the bundt cake batter I fold in the chopped apples and chopped pecans with a spatula. I buy chopped pecans, but I always chop them up into a little smaller pieces because I don’t like big pieces of nuts in my cake.

Sir the bundt cake batter with the spatula or a spoon to fully incorporate the chopped apples and chopped pecans into the batter. (photo 2)

Make sure you spray your bundt pan really well with gluten-free cooking spray. I use coconut oil cooking spray and I spray it on really thick. I bake my gluten-free bundt cakes in a Nordic Ware Bundt Pan.

Bake the apple bundt cake for 70 minutes at 325° F. (photo 3)

You will know that the bundt cake is done once it’s golden brown and the sides start to pull away from the pan a little. Also, check it with a toothpick to make sure the center comes out clean. My apple bundt cake took 70 minutes on the dot to bake. Please watch your oven because all ovens are different. (photo 4)

Don’t worry if the top of your apple bundt cake has a few cracks in it, because this is the bottom of your cake and no one will see it.

gluten-free apple dapple bundt cake glaze steps

Right before it’s time for the bundt cake to come out of the oven, make your brown sugar butter sauce.

Once you take the cake out of the oven, poke holes all over the top of the cake. (photo 5)

Pour the brown sugar butter sauce all over the warm cake still in the pan. (photo 6)

Allow the bundt cake to cool completely in the pan and then invert the bundt cake onto a serving plate. (photo 7)

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I have also included a dairy-free option to my gluten-free Apple Dapple Bundt Cake recipe.  My husband, my youngest son, and I are all dairy-free.

I promise it is just as delicious made with the dairy-free butter and dairy-free milk. So, you too can enjoy a gluten-free and dairy-free apple bundt cake.

gluten-free apple dapple bundt cake

Look at that big ole beautiful slice of gluten-free Apple Dapple Bundt Cake!

It’s super moist chocked full fresh sweet apples, crunchy pecans, perfectly spiced with cinnamon and covered in a buttery brown sugar glaze.

A gluten-free apple cake does not get much better than that my friends!

Looking for more great gluten-free apple recipes? Try these!

gluten-free apple dapple cake

5 from 42 votes

Gluten-Free Apple Dapple Bundt Cake {Dairy-Free Option}

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
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This gluten-free Apple Dapple Bundt Cake is a super moist cake that is loaded with fresh apples, crunchy pecans and covered in a buttery brown sugar glaze. With a dairy-free option.



  • 1 cup butter , dairy-free use Smart Balance of Earth Balance butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, , room temprature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups gluten-free all purpose flour , I like Pillsbury gluten-free
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum, , leave out if your flour already has it in it.
  • 1 cup buttermilk, dairy-free use cashew, almond or coconut milk. Make your own buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to the cup of milk and let stand 5-10 minutes.
  • 3 cups apples, , peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup pecans, , chopped


  • 1/3 cup butter melted, , dairy-free use Smart Balance of Earth Balance butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon



  • Preheat oven to 325° F.
  • Spray bundt pan with gluten-free cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together with your mixer.
  • Add the rest of the dry and wet cake ingredients to your bowl and mix until fully combined. The batter will be very thick.
  • Peel and chop the apples into small pieces. 
  • Stir in the chopped apples and chopped pecans and fold into the cake batter with a spoon or spatula. 
  • Pour the batter into the greased bundt pan and bake for 70 minutes until a toothpick entered into the center comes out clean.


  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Do not bring to a boil.
  • Poke holes all over the warm cake with a knife and pour the butter glaze evenly over the cake while still in the pan.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan and then invert the cake onto a serving plate. I sprinkled it with powdered sugar. 
  • Enjoy!


Recipe Notes Mama says "Make sure you check all your labels!"


Serving: 1gCalories: 432kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 4gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 208mgPotassium: 128mgFiber: 3gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 575IUVitamin C: 1.2mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 1.4mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Audrey Roberts

I'm Audrey Roberts, a busy mama of four and I love sharing the recipes that I make for my family. I make gluten-free family-friendly recipes that are simple and delicious that you can too! I use easy to find ingredients that won't break your budget. You will also find dairy-free options and Paleo recipes. I am also the author of The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook, which is an Amazon Best Selling Cookbook in the US and Internationally. Living gluten-free since 2010. I hope by me sharing my journey it may help you with yours.

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  1. Wow! This is a great cake. I actually swapped up quite a few of the ingredients to make this a completely allergen free cake for a baby shower I am hosting. I did flax instead of eggs, coconut oil instead of the df butter, and a swerve replacement for the brown sugar and sugar in order to make this sugar-free for the mama-to-be who has Hashimotos. I was nervous doing all the swaps, but it turned out fantastic. We will definitely make this again.

  2. This was amazing! After trying so many recipes where the cake is too dry or has terrible texture, I was so happy to find this! Even my really picky son (who eats gluten) loves it! Thank you so much!

  3. Turned out so great! I have kiddos that have sensory issues with chunks in their food so I grated the apples instead, replacing 1c of the GF flour with coconut flour to absorb the extra liquid from the apples.
    Like others I used less sugar, 1/2c sugar and 1/2c monkfruit blend.
    It was gobbled up within hours. Thank you for this incredible recipe that I could tweak for my family’s needs and still turn out delicious!

  4. I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. It’s great for dessert and perfect with morning coffee. I like to drizzle it with caramel before serving. This recipe is a keeper! I’ll be making it for Christmas this year. Thank you for sharing. 🍎

  5. This was absolutely delicious. Excellent texture and flavor. The only change I made was that I only used 1 cup of sugar instead of 2. I always use less sugar than recipes call for in an effort to reduce my sugar intake. It was plenty sweet for me. Great with my morning coffee!

  6. This cake is so good! I made it for a church supper since we have a growing number of gf folks. A couple of the teen boys came to the kitchen as we were cleaning up and asked if they could have a second piece—they aren’t even gf!

  7. Made this cake for Christmas. This is the best cake, everyone loved it. Flavor and texture was amazing, very light, not heavy as some GF cakes I have made. I left out the nuts as my son-in-law can not do nuts, but, did follow recipe as written. I was amazed at how the cake rose in the bundt pan, came up to and slightly over to top. I will be making this again.

  8. Just went apple picking with my 3 year old granddaughter and saw this recipe! The cake was moist and delicious – definitely a keeper!

  9. Fabulous cake! Served it so many times and my company has no idea it’s Gluten Free! Absolutely delicious! Thanks Audrey.

  10. I have been eating gluten free for almost 30 years so needless to say I am always searching for a great treat but always come up short. This is by far the best gluten free cake I have ever had (or made)! it is amazing!! Thank you for this recipe, I will definitely make this again and again!!

  11. Made this for a brunch with friends. Amazing. I’ve made lots of gluten free treats and this is up there with the best. Will be making it again for sure. 👏🏼👏🏼

  12. This cake was so yummy warm and I can’t wait to eat a piece for breakfast in the morning. I did not have pillsbury gluten free flour so I used Namaste and it worked perfectly!!

  13. This recipe is a new family classic. Sooo good and easy. Satisfies the “it’s fall and I want to eat something with apples in it” urge. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. This Apple dapple cake was amazing and so was your carrot cake. They are two of my favorite to go to desserts for special occasions. Thanks Audrey I love all of your amazing recipes that I’ve made by including your meatloaf…. Thanks for being my gf mentor…❤️❤️❤️

    1. Sarah, you just made my night! Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. You are so welcome, I love sharing the recipes I make for my family and helping others. Thank you so much for the 5-star recipe review.

  15. Made this cake for a church dinner. It Wes delicious. The only thing I need to do is find a substitute for cinnamon as a friend is allergic to Cinnamon. My favorite apple cake is one I won first prize for. It had cloves in it.

  16. This is beyond delicious!! I recently discovered that I have food allergies at “mid-life” and for the last year I have been struggling with not being able to eat so many of the foods that I have loved for decades. I recently found your Banana and Pumpkin Bread recipes and loved them, so I thought I would try this Apple Cake recipe. I have not had Apple Cake in decades, but it is a beloved treat from my childhood and I have been craving comfort food this winter. This recipe did not disappoint!! I made it with BRM 1:1 flour and Smart Balance, but I omitted the pecans and the glaze. I am not a fan of nuts in dessert and I was feeling too lazy to try the glaze. Even without the glaze, the cake was moist and delish! FIVE STARS, for sure!

  17. I made your apple dapple cake gluten and dairy free for thanksgiving dinner and it was amazing! Everyone loved it. No one knew it was gluten and dairy free. This recipe is going to be used again and placed in my treasured recipe folder!

  18. OHHHHH MY GOODNESS! This was soooo good. I made it for my mom’s birthday because we had so many apples. It was a hit with the family and so we will make it again tonight!

  19. The BEST GF cake I have ever made!! We gobbled it up and just made it a second time. I love it! Even without pecans since I didn’t have any.

  20. Hi! Very good cake. The only changes I made was using King Arthur GF All- Purpose flour and I baked it in between 325 & 350 degrees…335? And it took exactly 53 minutes and my oven is calibrated correctly. I actually served it with salted carmel ice cream for dessert… I’m sure vanilla would be good, too. I also sliced it and froze it on a cookie sheet, then stored the individual pieces in a large Tupperware and take out a couple of pieces each day to defrost and we have dessert whenever we want. Or if someone pops by for a cup of coffee, you have something on hand. It’s a large cake and as we all know, GF baked goods don’t stay fresh that long. Kudos to you Audrey for such a fabulous recipe…one of your best!

  21. Delicious!! I made this for my Daughters Birthday. Very moist and Delicious. Everyone Loved it and was surprised that it’s gluten free!!! I brought some to work the next day and was a hit there also! I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour and added the xanthan gum. I can not find the Pillsbury Gluten free flour by me. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  22. I rarely review recipes online…but this one has become my go-to apple recipe. My husband loves apple pie and this converted him over to cakes. I’m happy because it is soooo easy and tastes amazing, plus he loves it. I’ve added apple pie spice + ginger to the glaze to kick up the flavor and use the better batter GF blend, but it has worked wonderfully every time (I think I’ve made it 3-4 times so far). Hands down favorite apple cake!

  23. I made this cake without the pecans (didn’t have any) and it was super tasty! Moist and delicious and the butter glaze is so worth the effort, it added that extra richness like an icing!

  24. I made this cake yesterday and this is the best cake ever! Very moist, you can’t tell that is gluten Free. Audrey All your recipes made are excellent.

  25. I love this recipe. I made muffins And they came out wonderful. My daughter Love it and she don’t like nothing that say gluten free . Thank you so much

  26. Excellent apple cake. We loved it. It is a huge cake, so unless there are a lot of you eating it I suggest that you cut it in slices and wrap well, then pop it into the freezer. I won’t keep past a few days.

  27. This the best Apple cake I have ever made! Super moist and no one would ever be able to tell it was GF!!! I make it without the glaze and it doesn’t stick around long! Fabulous sleeper recipe! Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much Cindy for the awesome 5-star recipe review! I am so happy that this was the best apple cake you have ever made. You are so welcome, I love sharing the recipes I make for my family. Thanks again!

  28. This recipe is incredible! I finally make a successful cake since being GF!!
    Thank you SO MUCH for this!!
    Side notes, I used GF King Arthur All-Purpose Flour and it took like TWO hours to bake, otherwise i followed recipe as directed.

    1. Thank you so much Emily for the awesome 5-star recipe review, it really made my day! I am so happy that you enjoyed the apple cake and it was incredible. Thank you for sharing the brand of flour you used, as I know it will help others. You are so welcome, I love sharing the recipes that I make for my family. Thanks again!

  29. This cake turned out great. Even my wheat eating family members went back for seconds. I’ve been looking for a bundt cake recipes that are as good as what my grandma made and this is at the top of the list.

    1. Thank you so much Melody for the awesome 5-star recipe review, it really made my day! I am so happy that you and your family enjoyed the apple cake and that it reminded you of your grandma’s bundt cake. Thanks again!

  30. Delicious the first day! I will define make this again. This cake becomes much drier each day, even if kept in the refrigerator.

    It is a very large cake. If you have fewer people to serve, perhaps cut recipe in half to avoid leftovers.

    1. Thank you so much P.Bodell for the wonderful 5-star recipe review! I am so happy that you enjoyed the apple cake. Thank you again!

  31. My son has a dairy allergy and always feels self conscious at holidays when he’s eating something different than everyone else. Tried out the dairy free version of this recipe to see if my very picky husband would eat it and it was a HUGE success. This will now be part of the desserts for Thanksgiving. Thank you for providing this delicious recipe!

    1. Thank you so much Laura for the wonderful 5-star recipe review, it really made my day! I am so happy that everyone enjoyed the apple cake and it really makes my heart happy to hear that your son will be able to enjoy a dessert at Thanksgiving. You are so welcome, I love sharing what I make for my family. Thanks again!

  32. Audrey, your Apple Dapple cake was another ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ home-run! Eric (my DH) requested something different for his birthday and after making your awesome pumpkin cake, I decided to give this a try, I did leave out the pecans, but man, it was so delish, had all of the flavor of a good apple pie, but the amazing moist texture of a really good bundt! I see a piece with coffee for breakfast in my future! Thank you for another awesome recipe, your carrot cake is next, I think! Blessings! ??

    1. Thank you so much Holly for anther awesome 5-star recipe review, this really made my night! I am so happy that you and your husband enjoyed the apple bundt cake. I totally agree with you as this cak ewould be perfect with coffe for breakfast. Carrot cake is my FAVORITE cake and I hope that you both enjoy it as well. Thank you again!

    1. Thank you so much Judy for the awesome 5-star recipe review! Yes you can easily leave out the nuts. I hope everyone enjoys the apple cake!

  33. Made this for our monthly Community Cafè & it was received very well. Extremely moist & attractive looking.
    When I make it next time I would take more time in dissolving the sugar & butter mixture as it felt a little grainy. I used a 23cm bundt tin but had enough to make 6 small cakes, just wondering what size other people are using.
    Will definitely make again.

    1. Thank you so much Daphne for the wonderful 5-star recipe review! I am so happy that everyone enjoyed the apple cake. I bake this cake in a nordic bundt cake pan. I am so happy that you will make it again. Thanks again!

      1. Thank you so much Anji for the awesome 5-star recipe review! I am so happy that your whole family loved the apple cake. I love that you bake it with your daughter. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Rachel! I have never tried baking this cake in a 9″ pan. If you try it will you please let me know how it turns out? I hope you enjoy it!

  34. Have you tried using maple syrup instead of so much sugar? Do you think that would work in this recipe?

    1. Hi Cynthia! I have not tried the recipe with maple syrup. This is a really moist cake and I am not sure if the maple syrup would make it too moist. I have baked with maple syrup, and really like the results it gives. If you try it with this recipe will you please let me know how it turns out?

  35. Just made this for my family for Sunday dessert!
    It was delicious!! Only one problem I had was getting the cake out of the pan.
    Next time I make it I will drizzle the caramel sauce on top of the cake!
    And there will for sure be a next time!!

    1. Hi DeAnn. Thank you so much for the wonderful 5-star recipe review! I am so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed the apple cake. To help the cake from sticking I triple coat the pan with coconut oil cooking spray. The cake drizzled with caramel sauce sounds amazing! Thank you again DeAnn for your kind words, you really made my night and blessed me.

      1. I used 2 1/4 cups of GF flour (Pamela’s), and 3/4 cups of almond flour. I also lowered the oil to 1/2 c Earth Balance margarine plus 1/8 cup canola oil. The cake turned out delicious!

    1. I used 2 1/4 cups of GF flour (Pamela’s), and 3/4 cups of almond flour. I also lowered the oil to 1/2 c Earth Balance margarine plus 1/8 cup canola oil. The cake turned out delicious!

  36. This looks and sounds beyond wonderful! Any thoughts on substituting granulated or powder sweetener like stevia for the sugar and brown sugar? Just to lower the calories a tad ????. Thanks!

    1. Hi Connie! I have not tried using Stevia in this recipe. I know a lot of people bake with Stevia. Please let me know if you try it.

  37. Hi Audrey,
    I have a bundt pan that I’m trying to use for the first time with the apples from our tree. The pan has no measurements on it; no capacity in cups. It has a removable base, so when I pour water in to try to measure, the water comes straight out of the bottom! Your recipe looks delicious but it doesn’t say what size pan you’re using. If I count up the cups of ingredients, it comes to 11 + spices and eggs. Could I presume that a 12-cup pan is correct? (That is, assuming I can get mine measured!)
    Thank you in advance,

    1. Hi Polly! Your pan sounds a lot like an angel food cake pan. I’ve never used a bundt pan that has a removable base before. The pan that I use is a Nordic Ware 12 cup bundt cake pan. You have great measuring skills. I hope you try the apple bundt cake and enjoy it!

  38. What type of gluten free flour do you use? I’m finding that the difference between brands is so confusing and makes so much of a difference.

    1. Hi Ashley! I use Pillsbury gluten-free flour which is a “cup for cup” all-purpose gluten-free flour that already has the xanthan gum in it. I buy it from Walmart for less than $5 for a 2lb bag. I order it in bulk online. I added it to the recipe ingredients. I hope you try it and enjoy the apple bundt cake!

  39. Mhh, this bundt cake looks so delicious and tasty!
    Apples and pecans go so well together after all, such a automnal feeling!

    1. Thank you Vanessa! Yes keeps the best in an airtight container. This cake is super moist. I hope you try it and enjoy it.????

    2. What a wonderfully moist cake! I made this cake on a chilly and damp Saturday… a perfect day to bake. It was still deliciously moist on Tuesday. I didn’t have pecans so I omitted them and added a little extra Apple. It was amazing. Next time I’ll make sure I have it with the pecans. I stumbled across this website and now I can’t wait to try more of the recipes.