My Romanian family all make some version of this dense apple walnut cake every autumn. I think it's common to Germans, Austrians, and Hungarians too. I'm so pleased that I could almost replicate the taste and texture without wheat! Coconut flour can be substituted for almond flour. Makes a 9x13-inch pan. When cool, you can dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch pan; lightly flour with gluten-free flour.

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  • Whisk sorghum flour, almond flour, rice flour, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.

  • Whisk sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs together in a separate bowl; stir into flour mixture until incorporated and batter is thoroughly combined. Fold in apples and walnuts. Pour and press batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

401 calories; protein 3.7g 7% DV; carbohydrates 48.5g 16% DV; fat 22.6g 35% DV; cholesterol 46.5mg 16% DV; sodium 269.9mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2013
FANTASTIC!! I don't have all those different flours on hand so I just substituted 2 cups of all purpose gluten free flour which already has xanthan gum in it. I also cut back the sugar to 1 1/2 cups but will try even less next time. Consistency of cake is amazing and no one would guess it's gluten free!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/20/2015
Made this recipe today just as stated except I used gluten free baking flour and organic cocanut sugar and cocanut oil. Unfortunately the cake came out very hard. I will try again next time using regular sugar and see if there is a difference. Smelled wonderful though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2013
FANTASTIC!! I don't have all those different flours on hand so I just substituted 2 cups of all purpose gluten free flour which already has xanthan gum in it. I also cut back the sugar to 1 1/2 cups but will try even less next time. Consistency of cake is amazing and no one would guess it's gluten free!!! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2013
I'm 1st generation 100% Hungarian and this was really good. I can't believe it's gluten free. I used coconut flour since I didn't have almond flour and it came out great. Thank you for such a tasty easy recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2013
I loved the taste and consistency. 4 apples were too many I only used 2 and I also cut the sugar back to 1 cup. It came out perfect! Keep in mind cake doesn't rise too high. I baked for about 50 mins. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2013
GREAT recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2013
I read some of the earlier comments about this recipe. Very helpful. couldn't find Almond Flour so switched to Coconut Flour. I cut the sugar to 1 Cup. Absolutely delicious and moist. Peachlander12 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2012
Evn my family who do eat wheat loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2015
Excellent! Everyone enjoyed this. I used gluten-free flour (only) instead of the combination in the recipe. I did not add the walnuts. 4 generous apples made the cake very moist and delicious. I would make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2013
This recipe is an absolute treasure for those who cannot eat wheat. The reviewer who expressed concern re xanthan gum as an allergen can substitute guar gum or locust bean gum. It might be possible to find out what the growth medium for your xanthan gum was. It's not always grown out on wheat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2018
Our favorite. I've made this several times. I substitute xantham with psyllium husk 1 to 1 ratio as xantham gum disagrees with me. I use 6 apples...the more the merrier in our opinion. Lots of nuts too. I use brown sugar - a little less than the recipe. I'd like to try it with different fruits in the future. Peaches or pitted cherries. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/20/2015
Made this recipe today just as stated except I used gluten free baking flour and organic cocanut sugar and cocanut oil. Unfortunately the cake came out very hard. I will try again next time using regular sugar and see if there is a difference. Smelled wonderful though. Read More