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Honey Apple Cake (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

By November 25, 2020November 17th, 2023Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian

This healthy apple cake is moist and tender, with the sweet flavor of honey. It’s a simple cake you can enjoy for dessert, snack or breakfast treat. The paleo glaze makes it irresistible. The recipe is gluten-free, refined sugar free, and paleo with a dairy free option.

honey apple cake slice

Even though I’ve been making lots of incredible desserts for the holiday, I really wanted a deliciously moist cake that could be made without too much fuss. This honey apple cake is it!  A warming, fragrant, and cozy basic apple cake, packed with fruit that’s easy to make.

The paleo glaze is fabulous but it’s optional. In the recipe I include an easier option with sliced almonds on top instead of the glaze that’s still really good!

Honey Apple Cake on plate with cake behind

How to Make Apple Cake

You’ll need 2 bowls and an 8″ spring form pan. You can use a 9″ spring form pan but it will be flatter.

The almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt are sifted together in one bowl.

Eggs, honey, almond milk, melted butter and vanilla are mixed in the second bowl. If you’re dairy-free coconut oil can be used in place of the butter.

Once everything is measured, peel and shred the apples.  You’ll need 4 cups. Shred the apples after everything else is done so they don’t sit around too long and get brown.

I like Honeycrisp apples because they have a juicy sweet taste and firm, crisp texture. Granny Smith or Braeburn apples are also good.

Put the grated apples into a kitchen towel and squeeze out as much of the water/juice as you can. Since almond flour contains more moisture than traditional flour, extra moisture from the apples can make the cake soggy.  Squeezing everything out ensures you’ll get a perfectly moist, fluffy texture.

Mix the squeezed apples into the flour mixture. Mixing with the flour enables the apples to be evenly distributed preventing them from clumping together.

Then add the wet ingredients to the apple/flour mix, put into your pan and bake.

While the cake is delicious on its own, it’s elevated with a simple refine sugar free glaze, but it’s optional.

How To Make a Paleo Glaze 

A paleo glaze is a healthier option than confectioners sugar, refined sugar free.

The first time I made the glaze I thought it was going to be hard but it’s really quite simple.

Start with maple sugar or coconut sugar.  I like maple sugar because the color is lighter but if you only have coconut sugar it will work just fine.

Blend your sugar until it reaches a powdery consistency.  I use my Vitamix, a food processor will also work.

Once the powdered sugar is ready, mix it with a little almond milk and vanilla. That’s it, now you have a paleo friendly glaze.

Use a spoon to drizzle it over the cake and you’re ready to eat!

Honey Apple Cake on plate with fork

If you don’t want to make the glaze, I understand it is an extra step. 

If that’s the case top it with sliced almonds before baking, no glaze required, still delicious.

Honey Apple Cake with almond

This healthy apple cake is the perfect snack or dessert.  I personally love having a piece for breakfast as a special treat.  It’s the holiday after all.

I hope you love this simple apple cake. It’s tender, moist, packed with fruit, easy to make and incredibly delicious.  Every one who takes a bite will love it.

Honey Apple Cake 2 plates

If you like this recipe you may also enjoy these other healthy holiday desserts:

Cookie Crumb Apple Pie Bars

Pumpkin Apple Upside Down Cake

Decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake

Creamy Paleo Pumpkin ‘Cheesecake’ (Vegan, No Bake)

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Honey Apple Cake (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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  • Author: Ingrid DeHart
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This healthy apple cake is moist and tender, sweetened with honey. It’s a simple cake you can enjoy for dessert, snack or breakfast treat.



Honey Apple Cake



Honey Apple Cake

  1. Grease an 8” spring form pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift together almond flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, honey, almond milk, butter, vanilla and lemon zest.
  4. Grate apples.  Place into a kitchen towel and squeeze out the juice/water.
  5. Fold grated apples into the dry ingredients and mix evenly.
  6. Add wet ingredients to the dry mixture and mix with a rubber spatula until evenly combined.
  7. Pour into prepared pan.
  8. Top with sliced almonds if you’re not making the glaze. (OPTIONAL)
  9. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until toothpick comes out clean.


  1. Stir together the powdered maple sugar and vanilla, then add the milk slowly – 1 teaspoon first until you get a drizzly glaze, and only add the 2nd if it’s still too thick to drizzle on the cake.
  2. Generously drizzle the glaze all over the partially cooled or cooled cake. Sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired and serve at room temperature – slightly warm is fine too. The glaze will harden as it cools. Enjoy!



**To make your own paleo powdered sugar blend 1/2 cup maple sugar (or coconut sugar) in a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until it reaches a powdery consistency. Use just 1/2 cup for this recipe, measure after blending. Save the rest for another use.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Dessert, Snack, Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Paleo, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar, Dairy-Free Option

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