Pine-Applesauce Cake

Last week we had our first cool, fall-like evening, and I just had to heat up the oven and bake a cake.  The kids were celebrating the cool weather by having a fire out back and friends over, so I knew there would be mouths to feed.  I turned to that trusty favorite old cookbook of mine and found a recipe that sounded good.  I had to make it gluten free, of course, but I also made a number of other changes.  I really wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but we loved it.  I served it without any icing or glaze and it was plenty sweet and moist.

Pine-Applesauce Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour mix (I used half Carol’s and half Bette’s)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • ½ cup flaked coconut
  1. With your mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the applesauce and mix.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add to the mixer bowl and beat well.
  5. Stir in the crushed pineapple, nuts, and coconut.
  6. Spoon the batter into a greased bundt pan and bake at 350° for 50 minutes.
  7. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove the cake to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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  1. Diane-The WHOLE Gang says

    Yum, this looks and sounds great. I wish we all lived near each other and could feed each other. I'd be on your doorstep for this.

  2. Amy Green (Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free) says

    I love cakes like this – moist, tender, and full of great flavor. I have found that fruit, applesauce, and yogurt work miracles on gluten-free baked good.

    Thanks so much for participating in Slightly Indulgent Mondays!

  3. gfe--gluten free easily says

    When I first saw the "pine" in the title, I immediately thought of pine nuts. LOL I think pineapple sounds much better in this cake. 😉 Because it has coconut, it's also tops in my book!

    Thanks, Linda. :-)

  4. I Am Gluten Free says

    This looks great. I wonder how to use it as a basic template and turn it into other cakes. For example, I'd love to try using this template for an apple cake for Rosh Hashanah. Any ideas?


    • says

      No, you probably don’t need to add any xanthan gum if there is already some in your mix. Just keep in mind that results will vary with different flours. I’m glad you reminded me of this recipe. I should make it again with individual flour measurements.

    • says

      Mary, since butter is the only dairy ingredient in the recipe, it should be pretty easy. I would substitute Earth Balance margarine for the butter. I’ve had success with that in other recipes.

  5. Cathy says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!! I look for easy recipes as I’m not feeling like myself,and this one looks delicious. I love all of your posts and wanted to thank you for all of the years you have been helping people with gluten sensitivities/celiac etc. You are on of my favorites!!
    Keep up the good work and God Bless you and your family.

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