How To Make Apple Cake

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If you are looking for a healthy dessert, with a little butter and sugar, this apple cake recipe is for you. It’s our favorite apple cake and I like to add some blueberries to have a tangy taste mixed with the sweet taste of the cake. Besides, their blue color matches the red and white of the apples, just like the American flag!

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Let’s Make Apple Cake!

Diet Considerations

  • Vegetarian

Ingredients (Serves 8)

  • 3 apples, thinly sliced (skin on if soft)
  • Optional:
    100 gr / 1 cup blueberries
  • 180 gr / 6 oz flour
  • 100 gr / 4 oz sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 g / 2 oz butter
  • 80 ml / 1/3 cup milk
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 tsp baking powder


Prep Time: 20 minutes.

Cook Time: 45 minutes.

  1. Preheat the oven

    Preheat the oven to 180°C / 365°F.

  2. Melt the butter

    Add the butter to the milk and melt by microwave or in a pan on the stove. If you use the stove, be sure to use low heat.

  3. Prepare the cake

    Prepare the cake in a food processor or a mixer. Mix the eggs and the sugar very well in a food processor for about 3-4 minutes until the mixture is pale yellow. Once it is a pale yellow, add the flour, lemon zest, milk, and butter. When everything is smooth add the baking powder and mix again!

  4. Slice the apples

    Slice the apples and set them aside.

  5. Put it all together

    Put some parchment paper in a baking pan that is about 20-22 cm in diameter. Pour the mixture in the baking pan and press the sliced apples to the bottom in a circular formation. If you are using blueberries, add them on top of the apples and push them in between the apples. 

  6. Add some garnish

    Sprinkle some cane sugar and butter flakes on top.

  7. Bake

    Bake in a preheated oven for about 45 minutes at 180°C / 365°F until the cake feels quite firm (check with a knife) and the top is golden brown.

Need Help?


Plan it into your week

The best way to remember to make it is to plan for it. Learn about meal prep through our article Meal Prep 101, by dietician Shannon Costello.


Print out the ingredient list

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About the Author

Chicca Maione

Chicca Maione

Italian Chef

Chicca is a Tuscan-based architect and passionate chef of home-cooked food. After many years of cooking for family and friends, she found her calling: teaching people how to cook authentic homemade food while sharing recipes and stories about her incredible culture. She has spread the traditional-Italian and typical-Tuscan cuisine in Italy and abroad for the past 19 years.
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* Recipe posted with permission from the author, Chicca Maione, at Cooking in Tuscany.

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