I made this simple dessert the other day, and then promptly inhaled almost all of it. What a perfect autumn cake! It’s rich and buttery, and deliriously-scented with cinnamon, lemon, and nutmeg. It’s pretty to look at, too.
There are lots of apple cakes out there (some are called “German Apple Cakes”). But from reviews I’ve read, the cakes tend to collapse, or “sink” when they emerge from the oven. Consequently I used my trusty Spiced Plum Cake batter. It held up like a champ.
Here’s the photographic step-by-step with commentary from yours truly (afterwards, you’ll find a printable version):
And peel and core them. I hope you have an apple corer — mine, pictured above, came from this online source.
At this point, the slices will be sinfully delicious. Try not to eat all of them.
A note for my European and Canadian readers: Because I love you, and also because I want you to make this exquisite cake, I’ve included metric measurements in the printable version of this recipe. We’ll get there in just a minute.
What’s the easiest way to soften a stick of butter? Leave it out of the refrigerator overnight. Well, that’s what I do.
No, Agnes, the above photo is not blurry. Please have your eyes checked. (Okay, my hand was shaking when I took this photograph. I’m so excited for you to try this cake!)
Why is it important not to overmix batters that contain baking soda or baking powder? You’ll find the answer in this fun Baking 101 post.
Then arrange three rows of apple slices on top, in a slightly-overlapping fashion. I arranged mine so that the end rows faced one way, and the middle row faced another way. But you can arrange your own slices in any manner that floats your boat.
Put the pan on a baking sheet, and pop the works into a preheated 375°F oven. Bake until the apples soften, and a toothpick inserted in various places in the batter comes out clean — 45 to 55 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before unmolding.
Unmold onto a board or a platter. I couldn’t make up my mind as to whether I should photograph the dessert on a board, a blue cake stand, or a white stand. So I experimented with all three presentations.
Probably I have too many cake stands.
Here’s the printable, complete with both US and metric measurements:
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