Gluten-Free Quinoa Apple Snack Cake

Quinoa's naturally sweet and nutty flavor is the perfect match for the fruits, nuts, and spices in this easy-to-make snack cake. Enjoy a plain slice for simple, tasty, tender goodness, or top it with cream cheese frosting or cinnamon cider glaze for an extra-indulgent treat.

20 mins
45 to 55 mins
1 hr 5 mins
9" square cake
Gluten-Free Quinoa Apple Snack Cake - select to zoom
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" square pan.

  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine the flours, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the brown sugar and oil, then beat in the eggs until well blended.

  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and mix until evenly moistened.

  5. Stir in the apples, dried cranberries, and walnuts until well incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

  6. Bake the cake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until it's golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

  7. Remove the cake from the oven, and allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a rack.

  8. Serve the cake warm, or cool completely and frost with cream cheese frosting, if desired.

  9. Store any leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for several days, or freeze for longer storage.

Tips from our Bakers

  • To feed a larger crowd, bake the cake in a 9" x 13" pan for 22 to 25 minutes.
  • Be aware: some of your baking ingredients can be a hidden source of gluten. Learn more at our blog post: For gluten-free baking, think beyond just flour. For additional information on King Arthur-produced products, read the complete details of our allergen program, including our contact-prevention practices.