Gluten-Free Apple Skillet Cake

This rustic Apple Skillet Cake is made from cornmeal, so it is gluten free and also contains no refined sugar. A perfect quick and easy fall treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple Skillet Cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 -10 slices
Author Adapted from flourless


  • 2 large apples
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice see my recipe on how to make this
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca or cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar or turbinado sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a cast iron skillet (8 or 9 inches).
  2. Peel, core and coarsely chop the apples. Toss with lemon juice and apple pie spice.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together cornmeal, starch, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl lightly beat the eggs. Add maple syrup, vanilla, oil and yogurt and whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour wet into dry mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in apple chunks.
  6. Fill batter into prepared skillet and sprinkle coarse sugar over top. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden.
  7. Serve lightly warm or at room temperature. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and top with whipped (coconut) cream, if desired.

Recipe Notes

2 teaspoons homemade apple pie spice: 1 t cinnamon, 1/4 t each cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, ginger