Fall is here – hooray! Cool weather, crunchy leaves, football parties, the return of sweaters and boots, and apple picking are some of my favorite things about fall.

The weather has been perfect for apple picking here in the Midwest. Hubby and I took the boys last weekend, and they were having so much fun that they picked half a bushel of apples!


That presented a great opportunity to make a favorite family recipe Fall Harvest Cake. This cake is filled with the flavors of fall – pumpkin, apples, nuts, and spices. It smells so delicious while baking that your family won’t be able to wait to try it.

And here’s a bonus: it’s gluten free. But shhhh, unless you tell people, they won’t even notice.

The recipe is included in Gluten-Free Made Simple and is courtesy of Domata Living.

What you need:

  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 15 ounce can of pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted Domata Living gluten-free, all-purpose flour
  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and ginger
  3. Stir in pumpkin, eggs, oil, and vanilla.
  4. Stir in flour, ½ cup at a time. Fold in apple and pecans. Pour into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean inserted near the center. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Serves 12. (As an added treat, you can serve with whipped topping.)


Still have leftover apples like I do? Here are 11 other recipes you can try:


Homemade applesauce

Crockpot applesauce


Chicken salad

Snickers caramel apple salad


Apple and cinnamon muffins

Apple oatmeal breakfast cookies


Apple cake

Light cinnamon apple crumb cake


Honeycrisp apple sangria

Skinny apple pie smoothie

And here’s a bonus:

Applesauce ornaments

Happy fall apple picking!

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Kathy Glow

Kathy Glow is a wife and mom to four lively boys and one beautiful angel in Heaven, lost to cancer. Most days you can find her under a pile of laundry ordering take-out. When she is not driving all over town in her mini-van or wiping “boy stuff” off the walls, she is writing about what life is REALLY like after all your dreams come true. Her writing has been featured on sites such as Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Good Housekeeping, and Mamalode; but Her View From Home is her favorite place to be. Her blog is at www.lifewiththefrog.com. You can follow her on Facebook at Kissing the Frog.