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Gluten-Free Apple Rhubarb Cake

Bronwen is interested in food, diet, and creating recipes, as she has prepared family meals and organised church and home functions.

The Finished Cake

The Finished Cake

Gluten Free Cake

Even when it is not strictly necessary to eat only gluten free food, I find that such food is easier on the digestive system. This cake is a good example as it is moist, nutritious and tasty and can be enjoyed by all the family unless they have other dietary needs. I keep it in the refrigerator and it seems to keep quite well - well, long enough, as it seems to disappear quite quickly.

This Gluten Free Apple and Rhubarb Cake also has another advantage: it can be used as a dessert. As it is moist and contains the fruit and nuts, a slice placed in a dessert bowl and served with custard, cream or ice-cream can always make a popular dessert, especially with a decoration sprinkled on the top.

I'm not particularly fond of lots of icing on top of a cake, so, as you can see in the photo above, this one is bare, but to me, it tastes just great. However, if you prefer icing on the top a quick one with melted butter, icing sugar and lemon juice is good - you can even add a little lemon zest.

The Ingredients

The Ingredients

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour

1 hour 15 min

For me, it serves at least 18 slices

  • 1½ cups stewed apples and rhubarb, sweetened, but not overly
  • 2 eggs, medium sized
  • 2 cups self-raising flour, organic gluten-free
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ cup sugar, brown
  • 1 cup walnuts, small pieces
  • ⅓ cup oil, organic olive or other vegetable cooking oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 180⁰ C or 350⁰ F. Beat the eggs in a good-sized basin.
  2. Add the stewed apples and rhubarb, sugar and oil and fold together gently.
  3. Fold in all the dry ingredients. By folding them in, the apple retains as much of its shape as possible.
  4. Lightly oil the cake tin and line it. With this cake I often omit greasing the tin and line it with foil. Voilà, no tin to wash.
  5. Pour mixture into cake tin. The mixture should be flat as it is quite moist. A square tin is best for slicing the cake. The larger the tin, the flatter the cake. I used one that is about 18cm square.
The Cake is Cooling

The Cake is Cooling

The Stewed Apples and Rhubarb

While our cake is cooling, let me tell you how I make the stewed fruit mixture. This makes a good dish on its own with custard or a similar accompaniment. It is also great for making a pie.

First, I go out into the garden to the rhubarb plants. I pull the stems of the oldest and reddest leaves gently from the plant, always leaving three leaves at each section, so there are plenty more to grow. The parts at the bottom sometimes need trimming a little, but they are soft and red and really go to help the colour of the finished dish. I cut off the leaves at the top and leave them on the soil under the other leaves as they make quite good mulch.

Next, I bring the rhubarb stems inside and wash them free of soil, cut them into pieces about the length of the top joint of my thumb, and put them in a saucepan. I add about a cup of water and a lemon cut into eighths, including the skin but with the pips removed. I find that the acid of the lemon helps to counteract the acidity of the rhubarb. I bring it to a gentle boil and cook until the rhubarb is soft. Then I cool the mix slightly, scrape out the lemon flesh into the stewed rhubarb, discard the skins and stir in sugar to taste. I like to leave it slightly tart still.

Pie Apples

Now. Here's the lazy part. My apple tree is young and I was very proud of the produce last season - three apples, but they didn't last long! Instead of buying and tediously cutting up apples I buy a can of pie apples and add the contents. The pie apples retain their shape and are so useful. Once I've mixed them in gently, I taste the mixture, but it usually does not need more sugar.

There you have it. Lovely stewed apples and rhubarb. If you had lots of rhubarb, use more than one can of pie apples. What you don't use for the cake can be saved for another day. I usually make enough so that I can freeze some and then it's ready for the next cake or dessert.

Finally, just look at that lovely view of the sliced Gluten Free Apple and Rhubarb Cake below. You can see the rhubarb, apple and walnuts. It's making my mouth water just looking at it. Excuse me, I'm off to the fridge, I still have a slice or two left there.

When Cut, the Tasty Contents are Revealed

When Cut, the Tasty Contents are Revealed

© 2013 Bronwen Scott-Branagan


Ann Carr from SW England on January 06, 2019:

That's good to know, Bronwen. Thank you.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on January 05, 2019:

Ann Carr: A campaign sounds like a very good idea. Shopping can take such a long time when one has to read the contents on the label of so many items. So many 'Gluten Free' products can be 50% sugar, which I discovered after adhering to GF and then having a blood test that warned I was pre-diabetic! Now I look for 10% or below.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 05, 2019:

Yes, we've discovered the FODMAP diet which is very helpful; however, the shops haven't caught up yet! Maybe I should start a campaign!

Absence of tummy pains certainly makes it worthwhile.


Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on January 04, 2019:

Cocoa Bean: This time it was just one of those brand packets, but sometimes I use a mix of different flours, such as rice flour and hazelnut flour with a raising agent. Thank you - it was tasty.

Ann Carr: Thank you for your comments and greetings. Yes, since the gastroenterologist's dietician put me on the FODMAP diet, I can't have apple, either! It's a bit sad, as I love so many fruits and vegetables are now off my diet, but it's good to be without all those tummy pains.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 24, 2018:

Hello Bronwen! I visited this some time back but have a further comment on it.

Several of my relatives now have allergies and though there are lots of gluten free products, when one has to combine gluten, wheat and milk it gets complicated! A couple of them can't eat apples either because of the fibre (Crohn's and IBS) so I end up tearing my hair out when shopping.

Maybe it's better where you are, but so many shops here don't stock a good range, even now, or they have everything in different places so they are difficult to find. It's very time and energy consuming! Shops need to think more about how they present such things.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Cocoa Bean on December 23, 2018:

What kind of gluten-free flour did you use for this? Looks delicious!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on June 20, 2014:

joedolphin88: Thank you! It is worth making if it's rhubarb season.

Joe from north miami FL on June 19, 2014:

Wow that looks good, the pictures are really making me hungry.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on March 28, 2014:

Fairh Reaper: Thank you so much! And may God bless you, too.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 27, 2014:

Congrats on the HOTD!!! Well-deserved!

God bless,

Faith Reaper

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on March 27, 2014:

Nadine May: I hope that it worked out well. Thank you for your congrats, that was a great surprise.

icv: Thank you for your positive comments, they're appreciated.

icv on March 27, 2014:

great . very interesting. your pictures are very attractive. thanks for sharing.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on March 26, 2014:

Wow your recipe looks so good I'm trying it out tomorrow! Congrats for being chosen the hub of the day. Well deserved.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on March 26, 2014:

BigBlue54: Thank you. I hope it goes well and that she likes it.

Marie Flint: Thank you! That was a lovely surprise. I'm not sure I deserved it as I haven't been writing much on HubPages lately - concentrating on my latest book.

RTaloni: Thank you for your congratulations! I hope the recipe works well for you, too.

Danida: Yes, apples and rhubarb go so well together.

Winchestery: My Grandma grew rhubarb, and now I do, too, although it's now only in a big tub, I remember her rows of it in their big garden.

Kathryn Stratford: Thank you for your congrats. I love the rhubarb and apple, they seem to go together so well. I hope it works for you, too.

PegCole17: Thank you for your lovely comments and your HOTD congratulations, too.

Lyndsay Gamber: Great! I'm so glad that it's useful. One of the tricks is to get the moisture right - I don't always succeed when I'm experimenting!

BNadyn: Thank you for your congrats. I hope the family likes it and thanks for pinning it.

cyoung: I don't see why not. Marie Flint (comment above) said she uses stevia instead of sugar, so that would be worth a try.

Moon Daisy: Thank you so much for your comment. Enjoy!

Moon Daisy from London on March 26, 2014:

Mmmm, this looks so lovely and moist, I can actually taste it from the picture! I'm going to have to try this one. Thanks!

Chad Young from Corona, CA on March 26, 2014:

Can this work as a sugar free cake also? If you have a recipe for that I would love to see it as it would be great for my father-in-law who is diabetic. I love rhubarb!

Bernadyn from Jacksonville, Florida on March 26, 2014:

Congrats on HOTD! This recipe looks so good and I don't think icing is necessary, either. We're trying to eat more gluten-free food in our house, too. I think my family would like this. Pinning. :)

Lyndsay Gamber from California on March 26, 2014:

Congrats on HOTD! I can't wait to try this! I just recently found out that I have a gluten sensitivity and I have been wanting to try baking with gluten free flour!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on March 26, 2014:

These pictures are gorgeous and make me so hungry. I can't wait to try this recipe. What a beautiful cake! Congratulations on Hub of The Day - This one certainly deserves it. Voted up and pinned to my Food Ideas board!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 26, 2014:

This looks delicious. I have had rhubarb pie, but that is nearly the only thing I have had rhubarb in.

Congrats on winning HOTD! This is a unique recipe, and I hope to try it out when I get my hands on the ingredients.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful day.

~ Kathryn

RO Edwards from Ohio on March 26, 2014:

Makes me think of my grandma. She used to grow her own rhubarb and make pies in the summer. Never seen her mix apples and rhubarb though. I might have to try this one.

Danida from London on March 26, 2014:

We were just talking about apple and rhubarb cakes at work! How wonderful to stumble upon this. Tasty hub, well done!

RTalloni on March 26, 2014:

Congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this GF recipe! Looks yum, I must say, and I hope to give it a try.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on March 26, 2014:

The thing I like about homemade is the moisture. Such a cake certainly doesn't need icing. Striving toward vegan eating, however, I'd have to substitute the eggs. I'd also use stevia instead of sugar.

Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Very nice pictures. Voted useful.

BigBlue54 from Hull, East Yorkshire on March 26, 2014:

Just read your recipe Blossom and I have to say that it looks absolutely delicious. A slice of that served up with some cream would go down a treat. Or with a cup of tea.

My partner has a problem digesting gluten so I will have to have a go at making it for her.

Thanks for sharing.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on February 09, 2014:

This is strange. There must be a glitch somewhere as I've just had to approve of my own comments and I was told that I had two comments! Anyway, glad that you all enjoyed the recipe and thank you for your comments.

Blossomsb on February 06, 2014:

dis-cover: I hope it went well and that your girlfriend was impressed.

tillsontitan: Thank you so much! Enjoy!

VVanNess: It was fun preparing and photographing - and eating the result, too. Thank you.

sujaya venkatesh: Hope you make it and it works well for you, too.

TotalHealth: Yes, it would make a perfect dessert, especially after a long day at work.

TotalHealth from Hermosa Beach, CA on February 06, 2014:

Your gluten free apple and rhubarb cake looks utterly delicious! This and a fresh hot cup of coffee would be a perfect desert after a long hard day at the office. ; )

sujaya venkatesh on February 06, 2014:

tempted at the very sight of it blo

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 06, 2014:

This looks amazing! Apple and rhubarb just sounds wonderful, but the pictures make it look just as amazing! Nice job!

Mary Craig from New York on February 06, 2014:

Another great gluten-free recipe! So much appreciated by those of us who can't eat gluten.

Your descriptions, your pictures, this is tops!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Nikolic Predrag from Serbia, Belgrade on February 05, 2014:

I love cooking and this recipe sounds like a tempting challenge. I normally have to eat food without gluten. I'll Surprise my girlfriend tonight with these beautiful cake. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on January 09, 2014:

artsandlearning: It is moist and I love making - and eating - it. I hope that you do, too. Thank you for your comments.

Geniusknight: I love them, too, and I know that you grow great apples in the Netherlands. Thank you so much for your greeting - may your 2014 be a truly lovely year.

Nell from Netherlands on January 06, 2014:

Ooowh Someone is celebrating the "Apple day" aka "keep the doctor away day" ! :) Love these delicacy ! :D

Here a new year greeting for you http://geniusknight.weebly.com/happy-new-year-and-...

Debora Wondercheck from 1518 Brookhollow Drive, Suite 15, Santa Ana, CA, 92705 on January 06, 2014:

Looks so delicious moist and tender cake with sweet tart apples! Thanks for sharing and I must say great job. I might try making it with almond flour.I cant control to have a bite of it….

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on January 05, 2014:

AudreyHowitt: It is difficult to find good recipes and even the packet ones don't always work so well. I hope you enjoy this, Audrey.

StephanieBCrosby: I do so agree! I have never been diagnosed as gluten intolerant, but I know that my tummy is much happier when I follow this regime. It's lovely to hear from you and I love to share.

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on January 04, 2014:

It is always great to see gluten free recipes. I think even if people do not have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity they should incorporate some recipes to help their digestive tract.

Thanks for sharing!

Audrey Howitt from California on January 04, 2014:

Oh yum!! I have to try this--It is hard to find good gluten free recipes!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on January 04, 2014:

Yes, it's not very complicated and works well. Thank you for your votes.

Erin Bower from Georgia on January 03, 2014:

This sounds delicious and simple to make! I voted this up and useful.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on January 03, 2014:

Alise-Evron: Yes, especially after all that feasting over Christmas and the New Year. It's time I made it again, too. thank you for your comments.

Alise- Evon on January 02, 2014:

Like you, I am finding that I like giving my digestive system a break by incorporating more gluten free foods into my diet. I love cakes like this, so will have to give it a try.

Voted useful.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 30, 2013:

thost: Hope it works! Bless you!

thost from Dublin, Ireland on October 29, 2013:

BlossomSB, I will do some research into forced rhubarb. Thanks.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 29, 2013:

thost: I'm not sure if it will grow at Christmas time, as it may need a time of hibernation, that was for early Spring, but it might be worth a try.

thost from Dublin, Ireland on October 28, 2013:

Hi BlossomSB. Yes, I have rhubarb. However, it is starting to fade now that the cold weather has set in. I must try growing it in pots. It would be nice to have fresh rhubarb at Christmas time. Thank you for the tip.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 28, 2013:

thost: Oh, with lots of apples at hand, this recipe would be great. I only have one small tree as my garden is not big. Do you grow rhubarb, too? I grow it in a tub and it just keeps growing so well. When we lived in England for a year, our landlady overwintered it in pottery pipes stood on end and this forced the rhubarb, so it produced lovely red stems quite early in the Spring.

thost from Dublin, Ireland on October 27, 2013:

I must try the recipe; we have many apples growing in our garden. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 26, 2013:

Glimmer Twin Fan: Yes, it is good for anyone. I'd love to know how it turns out when you make it - and if you like it. Thank you for visiting.

Claudia Mitchell on October 25, 2013:

This looks like a nice light cake. I don't need to worry about gluten, but have heard that it is good for everyones digestive issues. Will be giving this a try!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 18, 2013:

SamitaJassi: Wow! You have been reading several of my hubs, so thank you! Yes, now I've written this recipe, I've made it a couple of times and have some of that cake in my freezer right now. Maybe it won't be there much longer!

Samita Sharma from Chandigarh on October 18, 2013:

Interesting post on Gluten Free Apple and Rhubarb Cake, one of my favorite food items...

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 13, 2013:

CrisSp: Have fun with the apples. Thank you for the vote and sharing. The whipped cream sounds good.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on October 12, 2013:

Hmm...plenty of apples around this harvest time, so I'm bookmarking this recipe. Best of all, it's gluten free!

Thank you Blossom. Voting up and sharing the goodness of this hub!

P.S. Imagining whip cream on top...hmmm...mouthwatering!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 12, 2013:

Faith Reaper: Oh, yes. They go well together. Lovely to hear from you and may God bless you, too.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on October 12, 2013:

Blossom this looks very good and I never thought to combine rhubarb and apples. Thank you for sharing.

Up and more and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 08, 2013:

Eiddwen: Thank you. They go so quickly these days!

Eiddwen from Wales on October 08, 2013:

Thank you so very much Blossom.

Enjoy your day.


Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 06, 2013:

Crystal Tatum: Thank you for your comments and vote. It's fun to share, too.

AudreyHowitt: It is! And one of the best things is that all the family can enjoy it.

Just Ask Susan: Oh, I'd love to know how that goes. It should be delicious.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on October 06, 2013:

Looks good. I might try making it with almond flour.

Audrey Howitt from California on October 06, 2013:

This certainly does look yummy!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 05, 2013:

This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing, great job. Voted up and awesome.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 02, 2013:

LadyFiddler: Thank you for your comments. Hope you had 'sweet dreams.'

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on October 01, 2013:

Gnite to you BlossomSB, nice hub and the cake looks tasty, lovely pics to illustrate your hub.

Have a wonderful night :)

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on October 01, 2013:

Genna East: It's great to be helpful. Hope you enjoy it.

Aviannovice: It works well for anyone. I'm about to take half of one of these to a friend who's just returned from hospital - hope she doesn't mind it being minus the icing, too.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on October 01, 2013:

I like the sounds of this. Glad to know that I'm not the only one that doesn't always want icing.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on September 30, 2013:

I am always collecting gluten free recipes, and this one is a welcome addition. Thank you, Blossom. This looks scrumptious.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on September 30, 2013:

Thelma Alberts: Thank you. I hope you enjoy it and that you have a good week, too.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 30, 2013:

This sounds yummy. I love baking apple, but I have not baked it yet with rhubarb. Thanks for sharing. I´ll try this soon. Happy new week!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan (author) from Victoria, Australia on September 28, 2013:

Annart: Thank you for your lovely comments, I hope you try it sometime.

always exploring: I'd love to know how it turns out when you make it.

cleaner3: Flattery! Thank you for your appreciation - of my comments, too. I ate far too much of it, but remembered in time to pop some in the freezer as a niece is coming to stay next week. I'll have to buy more ice cream, though. The rest seems to have disappeared!

wetnosedogs: I'm so glad you understand about the icing. I guess it would have looked better for the photos, but then I would have just had to peel it off before I ate it.

Jackie Lynnley: Yes, rhubarb and apples go very well together, also rhubarb and blackberries. Good luck with growing your own rhubarb. Mine is in a tub, but does quite well. They do like a lot of compost and feeding, though.

WillStar: I'm so glad you're going to try. Hope it goes down a treat.

Frank Atanacio: It's fun to share. Didn't know they had that vote to click on! LOL.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on September 27, 2013:

looks good to eat great little share Blossoms :) voted damn awesome

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on September 27, 2013:

Whoa! We are going to try this one. My boyhood favorite pie was rhubarb.

Thanks, Blossom!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 27, 2013:

I will def try this. Never heard of rhubarb and apples and just know it would be good. I think I will raise rhubarb next year, I do love it. Thanks! ^

wetnosedogs from Alabama on September 27, 2013:

Looks yummy. I am sure it tastes yummy.

I don't like loads of icing on cake, either.

cleaner3 from Pueblo, Colorado on September 27, 2013:

that cake is beautiful and awesome .. Blossom you tease me with this, I love cake and if you make it... it will be that much more special..

Thank you for your constant support of my poetry hubs ..Blossom ..I really do appreciate it ..

now where is the milk or ice cream for that cake ..LOL

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 27, 2013:

This is the way i must eat due to celiac. I bake a cake every week. I always put some kind of fruit for moisture, last week i used a can of pitted cherries. Your recipe looks delicious and i will make it. Thank you..

Ann Carr from SW England on September 27, 2013:

Mmmm... lovely! Though I'm not a great cake eater, I love cakes that can be used as desserts and I love apple mixtures (apple & blackberry, apple & rhubarb...). Of course the family love things like this so it's good to have some alternative recipes.

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