Apple cake

Apple cake

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A simple and easy apple cake with loads of flavour. You will never tire of this delicious homemade cinnamon apple cake. With our moist apple cake recipe, you are in for a tasty experience when sweet and tart flavours are combined into a flavourful and fluffy cake. Share a slice with your neighbour and serve it with sour cream and a dusting of icing sugar.


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (regular oven).
  • Peel and core apples. Cut the apples into wedges and place them in cold water.
  • Beat eggs and sugar light and fluffy.
  • Mix butter and milk and whisk into the egg mixture.
  • Mix the flour and baking powder and fold into the mixture.
  • Pour the batter into a greased springform pan (approx. 22 cm in diameter).
  • Sprinkle the batter with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Pour the water from the apple boats and spread them on top of the batter. Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon over the apples.
  • Bake the cake in the middle of the oven for about 30 minutes at 200 °C. Let the cake cool in the pan.
  • Sprinkle icing sugar over the cake using a fine-mesh sieve. Serve the apple cake with sour cream.

It is important not to overmix the cake batter as this will mess up the texture of the apple cake, and you will end up with a heavy and dense cake instead of a fluffy one. Always start with the wet ingredients and then fold in the dry elements. Use fresh apples to add extra moisture to the cake. Core the apples by twisting an apple corer into the centre of each apple and pushing it toward the bottom. You can also half the apples, scoop out the core with a melon baller or knife and slice the stem away with a small knife. Remember to submerge the apple slices in water to avoid browning unless you are ready to use them right away.

Questions about apple cake

With our fresh apple cake recipe, it is easy to make a delicious, tenderly moist cake with a pleasant cinnamon taste. We have answered some of the most commonly asked questions about apple cake so you can get ready to make it yourself.

What is an apple cake?
Featuring apples as the star of the show, the apple cake is a popular dessert around the world. The main ingredients typically consist of flour, butter, apples, and sugar, as well as a few other ingredients depending on the type of apple cake you make. The apples add moisture to the cake and are incorporated in different forms. For our cinnamon apple cake, we slice the apples into thin boats, place them on top of the cake, and sprinkle them with cinnamon before baking the cake in the oven.
How to make an apple cake?
With our recipe for apple cake and a few simple steps, you can impress your guests with a slice of this heavenly cake. Prepare the batter and pour it into a greased springform. Place thin apple wedges on top of the batter and sprinkle with cinnamon for a warm, soothing taste. Bake the apple cake and allow it to cool before serving it with a scoop of sour cream.
What apples are best for apple cake?
Tart apples are great for apple cakes as they balance the sweetness of the cake and create a nice contrast. It is the perfect combination of sweet and tart packed into every bite. We recommend using Gloster, Honeycrisp, or Granny Smith for a pleasantly sour flavour. If you prefer something a little less tart, go with Gala apples or get the best of both worlds and combine sweet and tart apples for the best flavour.
Can you freeze an apple cake?
Freezing an apple cake is absolutely possible. Make sure the cake is completely cool before wrapping it in two layers of cling film and a layer of foil or place the cake in a sealable freezer bag. It can stay fresh for up to 3 months if wrapped and stored correctly. Defrost the cake by transferring it to the fridge overnight. This allows the cake to come up to temperature slowly and prevents it from becoming too soggy. You can also let the cake sit at room temperature until it is fully thawed.
How long does apple cake last?
Freshly baked apple cake can last up to 3 days at room temperature. If you store it in the fridge, it will keep well for about 4-5 days. However, the cake can dry out in the refrigerator, so be sure to place it in an airtight container to retain the moisture and flavour of the cake.


Apple cake
Sour apples, e.g. Gloster
Sugar (approx. 1¾ dl)
150 g
Melted butter
50 g
¾ dl
Wheat flour (approx. 2½ dl)
150 g
Baking powder
1 tsp
Ground cinnamon
1½ tsp
Icing sugar
Sour cream, 18%
2½ dl

Enjoy a soft apple cake

Enjoy a deliciously moist cake packed with fresh apples. This simple apple cake recipe is made with a rich buttery soft cake base that is only made better by the tart apple slices on top, providing a nice bite to the otherwise soft cake. The apples are sprinkled with cinnamon, giving them a spicy edge – it is the perfect combination. Our irresistible apple treat is decorated with a light dusting of icing sugar that gives the cake a beautiful finish. Relish a generous slice of this cake with a scoop of sour cream and a cup of tea.

Take a look at some of our other apple-inspired recipes such as an elegant apple tart bursting with juicy apple flavour or a rustic French apple galette served with sour cream. For a more decadent serving, try our Viennese apple strudel filled with raisins and mixed nuts.

Sponge-like butter cake with apple slices on top

A hearty, fruity, not overly sweet cake with a warm cinnamon aroma and slightly citrusy notes is just what you need to satisfy your cake cravings. Though similar to a sponge cake but not quite as dense and heavy, this fluffy cake provides the perfect base for your apple slices. It is a soft and light butter cake, scrumptiously complementing the texture of the apples.

This cake has just the right amount of sweet and tart flavours with a delicate cake texture. The tartness of the apples is perfectly balanced by the sweet cake flavour, making it ideal for absolutely any event, be it for dessert or as a lunch snack.

Make the flavour pop with tart apples

What is an apple cake without its tart fresh apples? The apples provide the perfect amount of tartness and moisture to the apple cake without overshadowing the sweet flavours. You can choose any variety of tart apples like Granny Smith, Gloster or Honeycrisp or even mix different types of apples to get a complex flavour and a delicious mix of textures. As long as you pick apples that are firm and hold their shape, you are in for a treat.

Add your own touch

For a sweeter experience, lightly glaze the classic cinnamon apple cake with warm lemon or apricot jam. This will add a lovely shine and golden colour to the cake. Heat a couple of tablespoons of your favourite jam in a small saucepan until it melts and takes on a runny honey-like consistency. You can add a bit of water if the jam looks too thick. Brush the cake with the warm jam when you remove it from the oven and serve it immediately. The sweet jam creates a nice balance to the tart apples and adds an extra fruity flavour.

As an alternative to the jam glaze, try drizzling a caramel sauce over the cake made with brown sugar, double cream, and water. The combination of apples and caramel is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth who likes to explore sweet and tart flavours. Add a generous dollop of whipped cream on the side for a final touch. You can also simply sprinkle some caster sugar on top of the apples before baking. This will caramelise the apples, making them nice and golden.