A gluten-free, dairy-free yummy peanut butter apple cake with yummy spices to jazz it up even more!

A gluten-free, dairy-free yummy peanut butter apple cake with yummy spices to jazz it up even more! #peanutbutter

Last weekend I went to my very first cooking class (thank you Sur La Table website here).  And loved it.  The class was about cooking without recipes – learning all about ratios of the important ingredients and then going for broke with your own imagination.  My sort of class.  We made a hearty beef stew, creamy polenta, a green bean salad with a vinaigrette and a spicy pear cake.  I was particularly happy to learn about the cake – without a recipe.  

So I learnt the ratio for most cakes – the same weight of flour, eggs, butter and sugar and then whatever else you want to put in there.  I couldn’t wait to try it at home.  And this is the ironic bit – here’s the recipe for a peanut butter apple cake that I made up based on a cooking class all about cooking without recipes!  And as always, feel free to experiment yourselves, and let me know how you go!  But just don’t go as far as Henry when he’s making a cake … follow some sort of guide, or this can happen!

PS I used a simple peanut butter frosting on this as well, but I think I overdid it slightly – all the family said it had way too much peanut butter … and that’s saying something for them!  Maybe you could try a simple dusting of powdered sugar instead …

Peanut butter apple cake
Yields 12
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
237 calories
30 g
47 g
11 g
5 g
2 g
73 g
24 g
17 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237
Calories from Fat 101
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 47mg
Sodium 24mg
Total Carbohydrates 30g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 17g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 110g margarine
  2. 65g creamy peanut butter
  3. 90g brown sugar
  4. 90g white sugar
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 1 tsp vanilla
  7. 180g gluten-free all-purpose flour
  8. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  11. 1 Granny Smith apple
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 8" baking pan.
  2. Place the margarine in a stand mixer and cream until it changes in color. Add in the peanut butter and sugars and mix until well blended. Add in the vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and add the baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Add one egg and about half of the flour and mix. Add another egg and mix.
  5. Grate the apple and toss in the rest of the flour mixture and add to batter. Add the final egg.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool on a cooling rack prior to eating and/or frosting (and then eating).
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A gluten-free, dairy-free yummy peanut butter apple cake with yummy spices to jazz it up even more! #peanutbutter