ingredients
  • Eggs 3 • 130 kcal
  • Sugar 150g (3/4 cup) • 470 kcal
  • Sunflower oil 150g • 900 kcal
  • All-purpose flour 300g (2 ½ cup)
  • Baking powder 15g (4 tsp) • 156 kcal
  • Apples 6 + extra for topping • 45 kcal
  • Butter for greasing • 717 kcal
  • Breadcrumbs
Calories refers to 100 gr of product

Apple cake is a classic dessert. In Germany, where it most likely originates from, it’s known as apfelkuchen. The traditional apple cake is moist and tender cake with all the flavors of cinnamon, almonds, and nutmeg. Even though this apple cake looks fancy (see our recipe notes below for variations), it’s really easy to make. Serve it with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or a drizzle of maple syrup. You don’t need any fancy equipment or skills – just a big mixing bowl and a whisk. This recipe is a piece of {apple} cake!

How to make Apple Cake from scratch

Beat eggs with a whisk. Add the sugar and whisk again.

Add the milk and sunflower oil, and whisk.

Add the flour and baking powder, and mix thoroughly until combined and no longer lumpy.

Peel and chop the apple. Add to the dough and mix through.

Grease a 9-inch springform cake tin with butter and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

Add the dough to the cake tin.

Place a whole apple in the middle of the dough, and decorate further with apple slices.

Bake for 45 minutes in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F until cooked through (when a metal skewer comes out clean).

Tips

This apple cake recipe will work the best with Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Royal Gala Apples. Don’t use Granny Smith, as these are too tart.

You don’t need to use an electric whisk. In fact, it’s better to whisk the dough by hand, so you don’t overmix it.

As a variation, you can add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ½ cup walnuts to the apple cake batter.

This apple cake is best served at room temperature or warmed up just slightly.

Instructions

Beat eggs with a whisk. Add the sugar and whisk again.

Add the milk and sunflower oil, and whisk.

Add the flour and baking powder, and mix thoroughly until combined and no longer lumpy.

Peel and chop the apple. Add to the dough and mix through.

Grease a 9-inch springform cake tin with butter and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

Add the dough to the cake tin.

Place a whole apple in the middle of the dough, and decorate further with apple slices.

Bake for 45 minutes in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F until cooked through (when a metal skewer comes out clean).

Notes

If you want more texture, you can make a cinnamon crunch topping. Simply mix together ¼ cup caster sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, and 1 tbsp melted butter. Sprinkle the cinnamon crunch over the cake batter before placing it in the oven.

If you don’t like cinnamon, you can also add an almond crunch topping. Simple sprinkle the cake batter with flaked almonds and 2 tablespoons sugar before baking.

If you sweet tooth is still unsatisfied, you can make a sugar glaze to drizzle on top before serving. Simply mix together ¼ cup superfine sugar and 2 tbsp milk and stir until smooth. Drizzle over the cake before serving.

You can also serve the plain apple cake with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream.

The apple cake will stay fresh for up to 3 days, but you can also freeze it. Simply divide it into slices, and wrap each slice tightly in plastic wrap (clingfilm). Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, or heat it in the microwave for a few minutes.