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Apple Harvest Snack Cake (Gluten-Free)

This moist and tender Gluten-Free Apple Harvest Snack Cake is the perfect little treat this autumn season. This simple snack cake is moist and lightly spiced with ground cinnamon. Then, added to the batter is chopped Granny Smith apple, crunchy walnuts, and shredded zucchini. 
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, cake, cream cheese, Frosting, Gluten-Free, Harvest, Snack
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 437kcal


  • Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer
  • 9 in. square baking pan


For the Cake:

  • 1 1/2 c. gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 c. butter, melted
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temp.
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c. applesauce
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 c. cored, peeled, chopped Granny Smith apple
  • 1 c. grated zucchini
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped walnuts


  • 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP. orange juice (optional), or milk


Making the Cake:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and butter a 9" square baking dish and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk to blend.
  • In a separate bowl, or in stand mixer bowl, blend together the melted butter, both sugars, eggs, vanilla extract, applesauce, and orange zest.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend everything well.
  • Fold in the chopped apples, shredded zucchini, and walnuts.
  • Spread the mixture in prepared baking pan and bake in oven for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  • Cool thoroughly before frosting cake. Cut into 12 squares.

Making Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Beat softened cream cheese and butter with hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add powdered sugar and blend until smooth, scraping the bowl as needed.
  • Last, add in the vanilla extract and orange juice (or milk) and blend well. Spread over cooled cake and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts: 
Calories: 437 | Total Fat: 29.2 g | Cholesterol: 90.8 mg | Sodium: 284.6 mg | Total Carbs: 40.7 g | Protein: 5.1 g | Calcium: 85.1% | Iron: 0.8% | Potassium: 158.5 mg | Vitamin A: 202.5% | Vitamin C: 16.9% 


Calories: 437kcal
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