Easy Apple Cake

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Trigger warning: the word “moist” will be used multiple times in this recipe because this Easy Apple Cake is just 👏 that 👏 moist 👏 ! If you have been looking for a simple, yet delicious Apple Cake 🍎 recipe, you’ve come to the right place. My mom’s Easy Apple Cake involves only a few basic ingredients that get mixed together, and even if the mixture is lumpy, it will still turn out perfectly! Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just a baking enthusiast, this recipe will have you in a chokehold.

Why You’ll Love Easy Apple Cake

Get ready to fall in love with this amazing Easy Apple Cake – it’s the perfect blend of moist and tender apples and a heavenly milk and 🧈 butter infusion. What makes it so special? Its simplicity and ease of preparation make this cake perfect for even the most novice baker. The real magic happens as the cake soaks up the warm butter and 🥛 milk, which creates a phenomenal custard-like texture. Whether you’re a baking fanatic or just craving a comforting treat, this apple cake is perfect for any occasion.

How to Prepare Easy Apple Cake

🔥 Preheat the oven to 375°F and prepare a 7-inch springform pan by spraying it with baking spray and lining it with parchment paper.

🥣 In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Then add eggs and oil, and mix until smooth. Next, gently fold in the apples.

♨️ Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

🧈 In the last 5 minutes of baking the Easy Apple Cake, heat the milk, butter, and sugar in a pot.

🥛 After you remove the cake from the oven, use a skewer or chopstick to poke holes into the cake, and then pour the warm milk and butter mixture over it. Let the cake absorb the liquid.

🧊 Remove the springform and parchment paper, place the cake on a plate, and let it cool for 10-15 minutes.

❄️ If you’d like, you can dust the cooled cake with powdered sugar before enjoying it.

Nonna’s Tip 🍎

You can use a larger springform pan, but this will result in a shorter cake. Monitor closely during baking, as the time may vary.

Easy Apple Cake

Variations and Substitutions for Easy Apple Cake

  1. Instead of apples, try using other fruits like pears, 🍑 peaches, or berries for a different flavor.
  2. Feel free to add chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds to the batter before baking.
  3. Experiment with different spices 🔥 like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom.
  4. Replace some or all of the oil with melted 🧈 butter for a richer-tasting cake.
  5. I have not tried making this cake gluten-free but you should be able to use a gluten-free 1-1 all-purpose baking flour instead of all-purpose flour.
  6. If you are 🥛 dairy-free, you can leave out the milk and butter topping.
  7. For dietary preferences (like keto, low-carb, etc.), you could experiment with 1-1 monk fruit sweetener and various sweetener alternatives.
  8. Spike the warm milk mixture with a splash of rum, brandy, or bourbon for an adult twist.

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Common Questions

can I make this cake gluten-free?

I have not tried making this cake gluten-free but you should be able to use a gluten-free 1-1 all-purpose baking flour instead.

How can I make this cake dairy-Free?

If you are dairy-free, you can absolutely leave out the milk/sugar/butter topping. This cake is delicious without the topping as well.

Can I use alternative sweeteners to adhere to a keto or low-carb diet?

If you have any dietary preferences (like keto or low-carb), you will have to experiment with 1-1 monk fruit sweetener and various alternatives. Please let us know in the comments of this blog how you made this cake differently so others can learn as well.

Can I add less sugar to the Easy Apple CAke?

You can always adjust the sugar in this recipe as it’s not overly sweet. The bake time will depend on the oven so please keep a good eye on it.

What type of pan do you use?

I use a 7-inch spring form pan for this cake. You can use a bigger springform pan as well but the cake won’t be as tall. Please keep a close eye on it as the baking time may reduce as well.

How do you prepare the pan?

I like to spray and line the springform pan for easier cleanup but feel free to butter and flour it if you wish to do so as well.

How long does this cake last?

I am not sure how long this cake lasts as my family devours it the SAME DAY lol. I would have to guess 2-3 days.

How can I make sure my baking powder is not expired?

When using baking powder, always check the expiration date. Expired baking powder will not help your recipe rise in the oven, and you’ll have a sad, deflated cake. You can test if your baking powder has expired by adding ½ teaspoon baking powder to ¼ cup hot water. If the water bubbles up, it’s not expired; if it does not bubble, it’s expired and should be tossed.

Easy Apple Cake

Easy Apple Cake

If you have been looking for a simple, yet delicious Apple Cake 🍎 recipe, you’ve come to the right place. My mom’s Easy Apple Cake involves only a few basic ingredients that get mixed together, and even if the mixture is lumpy, it will still turn out perfectly!
4.56 from 373 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 pieces
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour, 150 grams
  • ½ cup sugar, 100 grams
  • ¾ tablespoon baking powder (make sure it's not expired), 8 grams
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup avocado oil or any neutral cooking oil, 110 ml
  • 3 medium-sized apples, peeled and diced small, I used honey crisp
  • powdered sugar, for dusting

Liquid Topping

  • ½ cup milk, 110ml
  • 2 tablespoons butter, 30 grams
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, 25 grams

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 F. Spray a 7-inch springform pan with baking spray and line with parchment paper. You can use a larger springform pan, but this will result in a thinner cake. Monitor closely during baking, as the time may vary.
  • In a bowl, add the flour, sugar, and baking powder, and stir to combine. Add the eggs and oil, and stir until fully combined. You should have a smooth but thick batter. Gently fold the apples into the batter until they are fully coated.
  • Pour the batter into the lined pan, and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • About 5 minutes before the cake is done, warm the milk, butter, and sugar in a small pot over medium heat. Whisk until the mixture heats up and the butter and sugar fully dissolve. Remove from the heat.
  • Remove the cake from the oven, and using a long skewer or chopstick, gently poke holes into the top of the cake, making sure to insert the skewer from the top to the bottom. I poke about 25 to 30 holes, making sure they are evenly spaced apart.
  • Take the warm milk mixture and gently pour it over the top of the cake. The cake will absorb this delicious mixture as it cools, so trust the process.
  • Once the cake absorbs the liquid, remove the springform and parchment paper around the cake. Place the cake onto a plate and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before you dig in! Make sure the cake has absorbed the topping as the interior will have a custard-like texture.
  • Optionally, dust the cake with powdered sugar once it has cooled and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 115mg, Potassium: 91mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 159IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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112 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this cake this evening but added blackberries with the apples and a teaspoon of vanilla. Delicious and super easy! Thanks for recipe!!

    1. Yum!! Thanks, Liz. So glad you enjoyed it. Blackberries sound like an amazing addition! ❤️🥰

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this dessert today. Absolutely yummy. Although I had no eggs I put some yoghurt in and it came out so delicious. Thank you 😁

    1. Great substitution, Wilma! Thank you for sharing. So glad it came out well. Appreciate your rating! ❤️😊

  3. 5 stars
    This is the most delicious, moist cake and bonus – so easy to make. I really wanted to make the 7″ size but did not have the correct spring form pan. I just formed the parchment paper into long rectangles so that I could lift it out of a 7″ greased and floured souflee pan and it worked great. Totally would recommend!

  4. I love, love, love this cake! I was looking for an apple recipe for Thanksgiving dessert and of everything I tried this one took the prize. I’m hooked on Honey crisp apples and when I saw that you used them I just had to try it. I’m sure glad that I did. YUM!

    1. It will be perfect in the fridge 🙂 Make sure its well covered. Ours doesn’t make it to the fridge as it’s gone the same night LOL

  5. I’m planning on doubling the recipe and using loaf pans. Hoping it works and I don’t under/over bake! I’ll update the results – hoping all goes well! 🙂

  6. I made this today. I had a lot of apples and came across your apple cake recipe. I added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and vanilla.
    I used coconut milk instead of regular milk because I didn’t have any. What a awesome, delicious, & moist cake, perfect for in the morning with coffee. Thank you for sharing!!

  7. This receipe sounds great! However, I need to substitute the sugar with monk fruit. How much would I use?
    Never used monk fruit b4.