It is DAY 29 of Gluten Free Baking with KitchenAid and we celebrate the second to the last day of our KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway with this delicious gluten free apple spiced loaf created by Jennifer Cafferty from GFree Life and founder of The Gluten and Allergy Free Expo and the Nourished Gluten Free Food Bloggers Conference. This gluten free apple spiced loaf is really a sweet cake baked in a loaf pan! Pure apple deliciousness! This apple cake is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut-free, and is amazingly moist! Scott and I happily scoffed half the loaf during our "Mad Men Marathon" last night. The other half will be enjoyed when we continue it tonight! 

So who is Jen Cafferty? Well, she is one BUSY gluten free maven that you need to know! Jen, her husband and two children all follow a gluten free lifestyle, so she has first hand knowledge of gluten and food allergy issues. She is a nationally recognized expert on gluten free living and cooking, and considers it her personal mission to help everyone with gluten intolerance to live a happy healthy life.

So, in addition to sharing her knowledge and gluten free recipes on GFree Life and in her culinary classes, Jen serves as the Branch Manager for The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) of Greater Chicago, helping families in her local area. Jen also founded the Gluten and Allergy Free Expo in 2008 to reach a wider audience and introduce people to some of the leading culinary and health experts in the Gluten Free field. After just four years, this event attracts thousands of people from all over the United States and Canada. Just recently, in 2012, she expanded on this idea, and started the Nourished Food Bloggers Conference with Amy Green, so that gluten free bloggers could connect and celebrate their gluten free message while achieveing an even wider, global audience. 

I was so excited to attend both of these events a few weeks ago in Chicago and I had a BLAST! I learned SO much! There were top gluten free chefs, cookbook authors and nutritionists presenting cooking demonstrations and educational sessions. In addition, the three day event included a Vendor Fair with over 50 Gluten Free companies from across the country, where you could sample food, and very often, speak to the founders of the companies! I met up with so many friends and connected with a ton of wonderful new gluten free peeps! I am already counting the days until next year! 

In addition to running all of these amazing gluten free events, Jen is the National Gluten Free reporter for and the Gluten Free Consultant and Blogger for the American Nutrition Association. She is also a contributing writer for and has published several e-cookbooks. Check out the fabulous Gluten and Allergy Free Expo Cookbook too! If that wasn't enough, Jen has also developed a fantastic iPhone app, So Simple Gluten Free Recipes. Some of my favourite gluten free vegetarian recipes on GFree Life are: the Southwest Chopped Salad, Easy Thyme Lentils, and the Quick Easy Cinnamon Pears. 

Do yourself a favour and get acquainted with Jen Cafferty! She is AMAZING! Jen, thanks for participating in this event during the busiest time of your year. You ROCK! 

For more information about this recipe, check out Jen's original recipe post.
Learn more about Jennifer Cafferty at GFree LifeThe Gluten and Allergy Free Expo, and Nourished FBC.
Follow Jen on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Read More Show Less

GFree Life’s Apple Spiced Loaf Cake

  • dry ingredients:
  • 2 cups Bob's Red Mill GF Flour Blend
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 2 tsp apple pie spice (pumpkin pie spice can be substituted)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp xanthan
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • wet ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups water or unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canola or grape seed oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • add ins:
  • 2 cups peeled Red Delicious apples, diced into 1/4" pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 180 / 350.
  2. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with spray oil.
  3. Put all dry ingredients in a bowl and combine using a fork or a whisk.
  4. Put all wet ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on a low speed until combined.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and allow the mixer to incorporate the ingredients.  Once combined, turn speed to medium and mix for an additional minute.
  6. Remove bowl from mixer and pour 1/3 of the batter into the loaf pan.
  7. Sprinkle half of the diced apple pieces over the batter.  Pour the second third of the batter over the apple pieces.  Sprinkle the remaining apple pieces over the batter and cover with the remaining batter.
  8. Bake for approximately 80 minutes. 
  9. Depending on the apples you use and the humidity, you should start checking to see if this cake is done around 70 minutes.  Generally, my loaves have to bake for closer to 80 minutes.
  10. To check to see if the cake is done, insert a wooden skewer into the cake to see if it is fully cooked. When the cake is done, the skewer will come out clean without batter stuck to it. It is possible that you will have some apple on the skewer.  The batter is dark brown and the apples will look more like applesauce.
  11. Loosen the edges of the cake with a knife and remove from the pan. 
  12. Allow to fully cool on a cooling rack before slicing.  YUMMO! 

For more information about this recipe, check out Jen's original recipe post.
Learn more about Jennifer Cafferty at GFree LifeThe Gluten and Allergy Free Expo, and Nourished FBC.
Follow Jen on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Easily Remove Cakes from tins

If you leave a cake too long in a greased tin, it can be difficult to remove. A really easy way to ensure a cake slides right out of a greased tin is to run the bottom of the tin over a very low flame on the stove top. This will melt the fat that was used to initially grease the tin and the cake will slide right out.

Looks amazing!


This looks awesome.  I love that you used molasses, too.


Kim - this loaf cake is SOOOO good!

This sounds like something my husband would love. I love easy rustic cakes like this. The molasses and apples sound like a great combo.


The apple and molasses are a MAGIC combo in this recipe. SOOOOO good!

Jen is definitely the gluten-free genius and my hero!  Apple and molasses are a match made in heaven.


Yep! Apples and Molasses. YUMMMMMO!

I hope everyone enjoys this super moist cake!


Will give this a whirl this week. Looks yummy


Oh my word!  I’m with Tess… can I gain any more weight this month?  Lovin’ every minute of it though! 
Holy Cow these look ridiculously delicious!  Tomorrow’s breakfast… here we come!  (Don’t even need to go to the store - YESSS!)


Jen - this loaf cake is TO DIE FOR!
I am SO grateful for all of these recipes, but I am at 7 pounds and the running shoes are going on today! LOL!

Running is just as much fun as eating and cooking all this beautiful food!  I just got back from one - now making this lovely cake.  Can’t wait to try it!

I agree! Can’t wait to hear what you think of Jen’s cake :) SOOOO good!

Looks Amazing, but in the interest of time I am going to use The Berry Nutty Farms Apple Butter instead of cutting apples and using applesauce, and spices to help save a little time and packaging waste also this should make this a TON better!!!  Also I am going to use Jen’s Blend as the base from Be Free Bakers, for the same reason…


Yes, using apple butter would be wonderful in these I would imagine. Jen’s Blend is amazing!

Jen, these look incredible! - much like the perfect fruit cake. Can’t wait to try soon! thanks for sharing.


Carla, this loaf cake is SOOOO yummy!

Thank you for sharing this Jen, your loaf cake looks delicious!!! Where were all these wonderful recipes when I was growing up?


Enjoy Lisa - this loaf cake is really really good!

Oh yeah…  This cake is a beautiful combination of flavors and textures - the apple chunks and molasses are very inviting… especially with a glass of full bodied wine…  and perhaps a dollop of crème fraîche.  Livin’ the high life this month…


This looks delicious. I would love to make it- do you have an alternative to the “Bob’s Red Mill GF Flour Blend” as we are not in the US? Thanks


Your recipe has some twist, and I like it because of the apple with it.

Thank you for sharing Dear!


Yes, Jen is amazing, and this recipe ROCKS!

Cancel reply and comment directly

Add Your Reply:

cancel reply close
  Subscribe to these comments?