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Ali's Apple Cake
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This filling apple cake made from scratch makes an amazing breakfast when paired with a cup of coffee. The cake is dense and rich, while the apple topping is perfectly spiced and cooked to the ideal tenderness. This family recipe for apple cake is one you'll want to keep forever as a delicious addition to your repertoire of desserts. This cake is just the thing to make after you and your family have spent a fall day in the orchard picking apples, or when it's the middle of the year and you miss those comforting fall flavors.


  • A spring-form (cheesecake) pan is perfect for this cake as you can remove the sides to serve. If using a regular cake pan, using a greased piece of parchment cut to fit the pan will make it easy to tip the cake out and invert it onto a serving plate.

Makes1 9-inch cake


  • 1 1/4 cup flour, sifted
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon coarse or raw sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 firm apples, cored, peeled and cut into inch slices


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a deep 9-inch cake pan (see note) with cooking spray and set aside.

  2. Toss flour, baking powder and salt together with a fork in a small bowl. Combine coarse sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

  3. Use an electric mixer to blend butter and sugar for 2 minutes until it is light and creamy. With machine running on low add dry ingredients slowly and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add eggs one at a time then stir in lemon zest and vanilla. Scrape down the sides to be sure all dry ingredients are incorporated. The batter will be very stiff, like cookie dough.

  4. Smooth batter into the prepared pan; use a spatula or your fingers to spread it to the edges. Arrange apples on top by pressing them, rounded side up, into the dough in a spiral pattern. Sprinkle with the sugar/cinnamon mixture.

  5. Bake for about 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake (avoiding apple slices) comes out without any wet batter attached. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing from pan to cool completely. Cut into wedges to serve, sprinkled with powdered sugar if desired.

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What is the number of servings for Ali's Apple Cake?

Hi golady! Thanks for reaching out. As this is a single-layer cake, you can plan to get about eight servings.


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