This healthy apple crepe cake with caramel sauce is a gluten and dairy free dessert perfect for a fall-winter treat to be enjoyed by the whole family. Thin gluten free crepes layers filled with apple cinnamon filling and topped with walnuts and a delicious dairy free vegan caramel sauce.
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Have you ever made apple crepes with caramel sauce? Then you should know that this apple crepe is not more complicated than that. What’s great about this apple crepe cake is that it’s made with wholesome simple ingredients. And because I can’t eat dairy and gluten, it’s both dairy and gluten free!
Apple Crepe Cake – Layered Apple Crepes With Caramel Sauce
This cake is basically an apple crepe filling layered between several beautiful gluten free crepes, and then drizzled with a dairy free (vegan) caramel sauce.
A crepe cake is sometimes referred to as “Mille” crepe cake meaning a cake of a “thousand” crepes – that’s what you see when you cut into it and see all those perfectly thin layers. It is airy, light, and perfectly balanced in sweetness and density.
If you’re interested in some other types of filling for crepes, then check out these posts:
Why You Should Make This Apple Crepe Cake
- It’s pretty easy to make, you never have to turn on your oven, plus you can make the crepes in advance and freeze them and make the filling the day you want to serve it
- It is gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free
- All you need is a blender, a stove, a skillet and good mood
Apple Crepe Cake Without Refined Sugar
My purpose is to avoid as much sugar as possible and for that I need to take advantage of natural sweetness of fruits. According to researchers, unlike common table sugar, fructose does not cause abrupt fluctuations our blood sugar levels because it’s digested more slowly.
Thankfully there are plenty of healthy foods that have a satisfying sweet and delicious taste while still in their whole, natural state. So I decided to incorporate some fresh and dried fruit, honey and nuts in a simple apple crepe cake, all gluten and dairy free.
Honey Sweetener Apple Crepe Filling
It’s essential to get high quality honey, preferably organic raw, non-GMO honey, otherwise it’s no better than regular sugar plus it’s full of pesticides and other toxins.
It’s true, a bee doesn’t know when a corn field is organic and when it’s genetically modified. They fly around freely, nobody is watching them. But that’s not the case when the bees live in remote wild habitats.
How to Make The Apple Crepe Batter
The batter is very easy to make, just throw everything into a blender. The trick for getting thin crepes is to pour less batter while the skillet is off the heat (after removing the previous crepe). And then quickly turn the pan in a circular motion to spread it out.
I also don’t like to use oil while frying and I chose a non-stick hydro ceramic pan for crepes, they cook evenly and are easy to turn. For other recipes I use a regular stainless steel skillet.
How To Make The Apple Crepe Filling
To make the filling for this apple crepe cake is easy too! Just cube some fresh apples and let the heat do the work for you. Cook the apples in a pot with a splash of water over medium heat for 15 minutes or until apples are soft, then mash with a fork.
To the apples add the cinnamon the soaked dried fruits and a pinch of salt. When the mixture has cooled down you can add the honey or other sweetener. You can also add a tsp of lemon juice if you prefer more tartness.
Apple Crepe Caramel Drizzle
Since the video for this recipe came out, I made this apple crepe cake several times. And I made a few adjustment along the way, so you might find some discrepancies between the ingredients listed in the actual recipe and the video.
I also find it to be more appealing and delicious when is accompanied with a caramel sauce (dairy free of course).
For the caramel sauce I used 4 simple ingredients: coconut cream, maple crystals/ sugar (you can also use coconut sugar or simple cane sugar), lemon juice for a little bit of tartness and vanilla extract for more flavor.
Bring everything to a gentle boil and cook until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add vanilla extract and that’s it. Drizzle this caramel sauce over the apple crepe cake and enjoy!
Assemble The Apple Crepe Cake
On your favorite cake platter lay your first crepe. Take the apple crepe filling and spread it with the back of the spoon across the surface of the crepe.
Then add your next crepe directly on top, and repeat until your crepes and apple filling is gone. Transfer the cake to the refrigerator to firm up (I recommend at least 2 hours, if not more) before serving.
For serving: Get the caramel sauce and the apple crepe cake from fridge and drizzle liberally all over it. Slice and serve!
Apple Crepe Cake Apple Crepe Cake With Caramel Sauce
- 1/3 cup sorghum flour - (oat flour, or millet flour works too)
- 1/3 cup brown rice flour - or you can use white rice flour
- 2 eggs - organic, pasture raised
- 2 ½ cups filtered water - or plant milk
- 1/2 cup grapeseed oil - or 1/3 cup of oil if you use plant milk
- 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1/3 tsp Himalayan pink salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of stevia powder extract - (optional) if you want to add sweetness
For apple filling
For Caramel Sauce
- 3 tbsp chopped walnuts - topping
- 1 tsp cinnamon - topping
Prepare Crepe Batter
- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until well combined and no lumps. Cover your batter with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature or in the fridge for at least 1 hour. You can also make it the night before or in the morning. If the batter thickens too much, add more water, until it has the consistency of melted ice cream.
- Pre-heat your 9” nonstick pan over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. It’s important to have the right heat, I usually set the stove knob between 3 and 4 when cooking crepes. If the crepes are too dry and start to crumble, then turn the heat up (closer to 4).
- Poor about 1/4 cup of batter into the center of the pan, immediately swirl the pan all around to spread the batter. Cook for about 1minute until the edges start releasing, flip and cook for another 20 seconds, transfer to plate. Continue until your batter is gone.
- To shorten you cooking time, use 2 pans simultaneously, you will be done in 30 minutes.
Prepare the apple filling
- Mean time your crêpe batter is resting, prepare the apples. Cut into cubes and transfer in a large pot over medium heat cook for 15 minutes, or until apples are soft, then mash with a fork.
- To the apples add the cinnamon the soaked dried fruits and salt. When the mixture has cooled down you can add the honey. You can also add a tsp of lemon juice if you prefer more tartness.
Assemble the apple crêpe cake
- On a flat platter place a dollop of the apple filling and place your first crepe. On top arrange another layer of the apple filling (about 3 tbsp) then add a crêpe and so on until you use the whole apple filling. You should have aprox. 15 layers of crepes. Finish with the apple filling, sprinkle the chopped nuts and cinnamon through a mini sifter.
Make the caramel sauce
- In a small pot over medium heat bring the coconut milk and maple syrup crystals to a boil. Add the lemon juice. You can also add 1 tbsp of coconut butter to make it thicker (optional).
- Turn the heat down and let it bubble away gently for aprox 15 min, until it thickens. Then add the vanilla extract and salt. Let it cool.
- You can drizzle the caramel on the top of the cake or each slice individually.
- Cover the cake with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hours (or overnight) so the layers can set.
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This recipe will make about 17 crepes, you will probably need only 12-15 for the cake, it depends on how high you want it to be. The nutrition facts are calculated including the caramel sauce.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.
If you want to enjoy an apple cake this season, something unique, and not so overly sweet, then you should try this gluten and dairy free apple crepe cake with caramel sauce – a dessert to be enjoyed for any occasion by the whole family!