Apple Spice Cake



A while back I made a French apple cake from a Dorie Greenspan recipe. I was curious about this kind of cake made with more fruit than batter, so I tried it. I really loved it! It was like an apple-pie cake with a hint of vanilla and dark rum; it’s a very delicate cake. After I discovered this amazing recipe  my creative mind started to knit the idea of improving it and making a spice apple cake using this technique. So fall season was the perfect time to try it!

Let me tell you what to expect from this cake. It is a very easy cake to make. The consistency of the cake will surprise you, is kind of like a tart more than a cake. The batter is just what holds all the soft and luscious baked apples together into a whole piece. The spices and the hint of rum enhances the flavor of the apples, and I personally think that combination makes this apple cake a perfect one! I highly recommend this recipe because you will enjoy the flavors of an apple pie without making a crust, and that is a win-win situation! So lets enjoy this pinch of sugar!!




  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup of butter, melted, and cooled to room temperature, plus extra for greasing pan.
  • 2 large eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 large apples (I used Honeycrisp), peeled, cored, and diced in 1-2 inch pieces.
  • 3 tablespoons of dark rum or Brandy
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon of clove
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for garnishing (optional)


Let’s Bake

Note: measurement of flour and sugar were increased ¼ cup to fit a 9” cake pan. For the original recipe go to:French Apple Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 9 inch round cake pan with softened butter, and line with a parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, the spices and salt.
  4. In a larger mixing bowl add the eggs. Whisk with a hand-whisk or electric mixer until eggs are light and foamy.
  5. Add sugar and whisk until just combined.
  6. Add brandy and vanilla, and whisk until everything is incorporated and sugar is mostly dissolved.
  7. Next pour in about half the flour mixture, and the half of the melted butter and mix. Whisk until just incorporated.Repeat with remaining butter and flour.
  8. Add the apple chunks and fold in gently in the batter with a spoon or spatula.
  9. Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  10. Let the cake cool in the pan for a few minutes, then slide a knife around the edges of the cake and invert to remove completely from the pan.img_4773
  11. Carefully invert the cake again so the cake is side up, and dust with confectioner’s sugar before serving. Enjoy this pinch of sugar with a good cup of coffee!




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