Apple Cake

apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

I’m in love with apples and cinnamon.


I’ve noticed that I can go without some treat from the cinnamon-apple realm for about two days.


It seems that I have issues.

Wonderful and delicious apple-cinnamon-fall issues.


Anyway, as I was searching for the right recipe I found out there were loads and loads of different variations of the apple cake.

I borrowed a little from here and a little from there and created this ultra-simple and easy version.

Luckily, everything turned out perfect and the cake tasted just as I’d wished it would have.




apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

Here’s what you need if you want to make it too.

Which is highly advised!



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C).

2. Then prepare your dry ingredients.

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

3. Now, in the bowl of your electric mixer, whisk the butter and 1/3 cup – 70 grams (!) of sugar until light and fluffy.

Please notice that I am using only half of the sugar amount for the batter.

The other half will go on top of the cake.


4. Add the whole egg and mix just until blended.



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

5. Add the flour mixture in three additions, …



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

6. …alternating with the milk, beating until just combined.

The batter is done.



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

Now we need one apple – any kind, sweet or tart.



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

7. Peel the apple.



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

8. Cut it in half.


9. Using a sharp knife, remove the core.



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

10. And slice the apple.



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

11. Grab a round pie pan (it should have the capacity of 4 cups/1 liter) and grease it with some butter.


12. Pour the batter in the pan and even out the surface.



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

13. Lay the apple slices on the batter in concentric circles, starting at the outside edge.



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

14. Now, for the final touch we need the remaining sugar (1/3 cup – 70 grams).

Combine the sugar with the cinnamon in a bowl…



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

15. …and sprinkle the heavenly fragrant mixture over the apples.

Just like this.

While baking, the mixture will turn into a lovely sugary crust.

If you are not a huge fan of generous sugary crusts, use just about half of the mixture.



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

16. Bake for 25 minutes.


17. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool on the wire rack.



apple cake recipe with step by step pictures

Oh, yum!

You can serve this cake as is or (OR!) with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

I thank heavens for that combination very, very often.


Enjoy, dear friends!

(This recipe was vastly adapted from


30 thoughts on “Apple Cake

  1. 1
    Sue says:

    OKAY, the breaded cauliflower for dinner and the apple cake for dessert! πŸ™‚

  2. 2
    parazzzite says:

    Discovered your blog yesterday and failed to leave until I’ve gone through it all the way to the first page. Absolutely adorable, witty and delicious looking!

  3. 3
    Lisa says:

    That topping really finishes the apple cake off and makes it irresistible.

  4. 4
    susteph says:

    oh, my, just made this and it is indeed yummy. only thing i noticed was that the topping didn’t really melt, so i put it under the broiler for a few minutes to make it all melty and crunchy. yum, yum.

  5. 5

    This looks wonderful. Such a beautiful color you got on there!

  6. 6

    I love apples and cinnamon, forever, too! πŸ™‚ This cake rocks! Just came across your blog, lovely photos and recipes πŸ™‚

  7. 7
    crustabakes says:

    yes, i’d like a slice, and the ice cream too please!

  8. 8

    a perfectly simple and delicious treat!

  9. 9
    Heather says:

    My very first apple cake is about to come out of the oven…my house smells amazing. I don’t know if I can wait for it to cool.

  10. 10
    Anja says:

    I baked this apple cake tonight, delicious!! πŸ˜‰
    Thank you very much for sharing this recipe

  11. 11
    Bubblybunny says:

    I baked this yesterday and it was SUPER GOOD!!! It’s such an easy recipe that I think I’ll be making this often. My husband is a bit picky about desserts and even he went back for seconds. πŸ˜€ I knocked down the sugar to 1/4+1/4 cup and I drizzled some homemade caramel on the cake batter. YUM!!!!

  12. 12
    Jess says:

    Made this cake last night and now this morning they’re all gone! My boys loves them. :o)

  13. 13

    Looks so fab! One question…the ingredients list shows baking powder, but the instructions include baking soda. Which should be used?

  14. 14
    Riena says:

    Hi Petra,

    Greetings from jakarta, Indonesia. Thanks so much for all recipes. I ve tried some of them and always turns out great my family is pleased too especially my baby brother. When i m married your recipes is my secrets to feed hubby. πŸ™‚ thanks.

  15. 15
    Michaela says:

    Ahoj Peti, potrebujem minut jablcka a zajtra chcem piect kolacik…hladam nieco dobre na nete a hned ma to zaviedlo k tebe πŸ™‚ Super jednoduchy recept, tak uz sa tesim nan πŸ™‚

  16. 16
    Michaela says:

    Tak dnes som mala smolu πŸ™ Hned ako som dala kolacik do piecky, po 2 minutach mi vypadla elektrika, takze som musela cakat 2 hodiny, kym zasa naskoci a potom som ho dopiekla. Vyzeral pekne, cesto sa pekne dvihlo nakniec, ale toho cukru tam bolo vela πŸ™ aj som rozmyslala, ci ho tolko dam, ale ked citam “I promise.” …. πŸ˜€ Nevadi, kolacik si nabuduce upravim, dam menej cukru a myslim, ze bude dobry, kazdy ma predsa rad ine chute. Aj tak dakujem za recept πŸ™‚

    • 16.1
      Zoom Yummy says:

      aaa, tak to mi je luto, ze to bolo take zakliate.
      Mas pravdu, toho cukru je tam na vruchu dost, ono to ma byt taka cukrova korka, ale asi to kazdemu nevyhovuje, uznavam. asi to v recepte lepsie opisem, aby to ludi nesklamalo. Dakujem za koment, Michaelka, pomohla si mi. πŸ™‚ Petra

  17. 17
    Michaela says:

    Korka z cukru bola pekna. No a moj muz si teraz odkrojil a hovori, ze je perfektny, tak jemu som vyhovela πŸ™‚

  18. 18
    josheli says:

    This is the exact recipe my Mom used to make us waaay back when we were young (think1960’s)! It is so yummy, she usually made it in a 9×13 pan and lined up the apples in rows. We called it German Apple Cake (Mom was from Germany) and she sometimes made it without the apples but topped it with streusel and that we called Crumb Cake.

  19. 19
    BiH says:

    Greetings from Bosnia and Herzegovina! Your website is great, lots of pretty things and best of all well explained recipes. Thanks for sharing and making it easy to make delicious treats πŸ˜€ I made this apple cake tonight and it’s yummy! I was just wondering, but it’s pretty logical I guess, if I wanted to make a bigger apple cake do I just double all the ingredients?

    • 19.1
      zoomyummy says:

      Hello, hello! Glad you found this place, we all like to have you here! The apple cake: sure, just double the amounts of ingredients and raise the baking time a little and that should be just fine! Enjoy! πŸ™‚ Petra

  20. 20
    Hannah says:

    Hi! Love the website, the photography, the amazing recipes, the witty comments (lol).
    I made this recipe this afternoon – WOW. SERIOUSLY WOW. It is sooo yummy. My husband doesn’t want to share it with anyone! I don’t think it will last past tomorrow πŸ™‚ Going to try it with the ice cream later, mmmmmm.

  21. 21
    Alejandra says:

    I found your recipe on Pinterest… just made it and let me say its DELICIOUS!!!
    So easy and so yummy!! Thank you very much for the recipe!!

  22. 22
    teddiebird says:

    Omg it’s in the oven right now but it smells absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to taste it.
    I love your website. Really awsome, it has never disappointed me. <3

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