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Apples Cake Recipe (without cinnamon)

Updated on November 14, 2017

Apples Cake Recipe Without Cinnamon

This is the classical "Grandmother's recipe" full of taste and simplicity.
Actually this recipe comes from the great grandmother and every daughter changed the recipe a little bit time after time. For example the quantity of some ingredients is changed, or the decision not to use some specific ingredients which cannot be found nowadays. This makes the preparation of the recipe even simpler, but without losing its special taste and ancient feeling.

Similar to the Dutch apple cake, this is a recipe with loads of tasty sliced apples that come out of a sponge dough. The origins of the apples cake must be searched in England where it was invented to solve problems of preservation and decay of apples.

This recipe is a bit different from anyone else you'll find around. There is a special secret revealed here! The taste is better than other apples cake because the apples are previously soaked in lemon and sugar (differently from the recipes which you usually find around, this one has no cinnamon in its ingredients).

There are two methods to prepare the dough: one is with grated lemon and one is without. In my opinion the first one is more delicate in taste and you can feel the apples better, so I often prepare it instead of the second dough and follow the instructions of method 3 making 5 tiny apples cake treat for me and my friends. Choose the one that you prefer and happy baking!

4.7 stars from 3 ratings of this apple cake recipe
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: serves together with a cup of cream

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Apples Cake Ingredients 1:

  • 250 gr - 2 cups of flour
  • 150 gr - 2/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 50 gr - 2 oz of butter, (melted)
  • 50 gr - 2 oz of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 apples, (Golden apples are preferred)
  • 1 packet of vanilina
  • 1 packet of baking powder
  • powdered icing sugar

Before starting the preparation of your recipe you must previously prepare the apples.

  1. Peel the apples eliminating the center and cut them into wedges.
  2. Put the sliced apples into a bowl and sprinkle them with lemon.
  3. Add 2 tablespoon of granulated sugar and let it rest for a while (you can add more sugar depending on your taste).


Remember to pre-heat the oven at 180°C - 356 °F (th. 6).

Instructions for Apple Cake Recipe Method 1:

  1. Melt the butter on low heat.
  2. Grease a baking pan with a knob of butter and then flour it. (as it is showed in picture 2)
  3. Put the 2 eggs, the sugar and the melted butter in a bowl and start mixing with a mixer or a kitchen whisk.
  4. While continue mixing add the milk and the packet of vanilina.
  5. Gradually add the flour and then the baking powder. While mixing make sure that there will not be lumps, otherwise the dough will not rise well.
  6. With the help of a spatula pay a portion of the mixture into the floured baking pan.

Be careful not to make a thick layer of pastry else it will not remain for the second layer of apples.

The dough tends to attach at the spatula and not at the pan, so you will need a second spoon to spread it on the pan well.

7. Place the sliced apples on the first layer of dough starting from the border and then move to the center creating a rose of apples.

8. With the remaining dought complitely cover the first layer of apples. Be careful not to move the apples which will glue at the dough. Let the dough drop for the spatula and then gently spalm it over the apples.

9. Place the second player of apples making the rose from the border to the center.

10. The cake is now ready to be put in the oven for 30 minutes at 180°C - 356°F.

While baking, to check if the cake is coocked, pierce it in the center with a toothpick. If it will come out clean it means that it's done and you can take it off the oven.

11. Remove the cake from the oven and once baggy and still warm,sprinkle it with powdered icing sugar.

Nutritional Table for Apples Cake Recipe 1

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 slice out of 12
Calories 154
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 33 g11%
Sugar 17 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 31 mg10%
Sodium 22 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Apple Cake Ingredients 2:

  • 220 gr - 8 oz of flour
  • 150 gr - 2/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 140 gr - 5/8 cup of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lemon (the grated rind)
  • 4 apples
  • 1 packet of baking powder
  • 6 tablespoon of milk
  • salt
  • powdered icing sugar

Instruction for Apple Cake Recipe Method 2:

  1. Apart sift together the flour and the baking powder.
  2. Melt the butter on low heat.
  3. Shell the eggs in a bowl and add the sugar, the grated lemon rind and salt.
  4. Mix it with a mixer or a kitchen whisk until it become foamy.
  5. While continue mixing the compund, add the melted butter and then the mix of flour and baking powder. Be careful not to create lumps.
  6. Gradually flush the warm milk and proceed with the first method at #6.

Just Another Apples Cake

Because I always like to experiment things, I will also write my own version of the apples cake. It is just a bit different from the previous two. This one is more delicate with apples only on top of the sponge dough that will melt in your mouth. I like this one because I divide it in many small baking pans with the addition of bread crumbs. In this way they become more like biscuits, which I love.

I hope you'll also like it as much as I do.

Ingredients for Apples Cake Method 3:

  • 200 gr - 7 oz of flour
  • 150 gr - 5 oz of granulated sugar
  • 70 gr - 3 oz of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 dl - 1 cup of milk
  • 1 lemon (the grated rind)
  • 30 gr - 2 tbps of breadcrumbs
  • 4 apples or 500 gr - 1 lb
  • 1 packet of baking powder
  • powdered icing sugar

Instructions for Apples Cake Method 3:

  1. Sift the flour with the baking powder.
  2. Peel the apples and eliminate the core, then cut them in slices.
  3. In a bowl mix the eggs and the granulated sugar with an electric mixer whisk.
  4. Gradually add the sifted flour then the grated lemon rind and milk.
  5. Knead until the dough becomes smooth and homogeneous.
  6. Grease a baking pan with a knob of butter and sprinkle it with breadcrumbs
  7. Pour the the mixture in the baking pan and level it with a spatula.
  8. Place the sliced apples over the dough (if you want, you can divide the dough into 5 small baking pans with 100 grams of apples for each one).
  9. Add some knob of butter on the apples.
  10. Bake for 50 minutes and control the cooking with a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake.
  11. Remove the cake from the oven and once baggy, sprinkle with icing sugar.

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If you want to learn another cooking recipe like this one, you can check the HubPages article "Wine Cake Recipe" at this link:

I promise you'll not be tipsy!

Happy baking!

Thank You for Reading This Hub

I also invite you to tell me everything you are thinking about, because I wish to know feedbacks and opinions of every one! ^^ .

© 2015 Mickji


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    • Mickji profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from between Italy and Switzerland, travelling around the world thanks to a little special object

      Thank you so much Elsie for your kind words. I'm glad you like the recipe, I hope you'll try to bake it and show the result. It is indeed an old recipe, and it was also difficult to understand the writing, because she used the pen with the inkwell, so it was all curly and spotted. In the past learning to write must have been a difficult matter that requires years of practice, not like us today ;)

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Yum, I have just had breakfast but I could still have a slice of this apple cake. You have done a great job, like the photos, nice and clear.

      Thanks for sharing your great grandmother's recipe with us must be a very old recipe.

    • Mickji profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from between Italy and Switzerland, travelling around the world thanks to a little special object

      Thank you peachpurple! Youa re very kind ^^. The baking pan was a gift from the grandmother, but I have never knew where she bought it, she said "you'll bake with love". If I will ever find an online shop that sells it, I will promptly tell you, I promise!

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      your baking pan is cute, I wish I could have this apple cake !

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      Robert E Smith 

      5 years ago from Rochester, New York

      It's a deal, my friend. Thank you.

    • Mickji profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from between Italy and Switzerland, travelling around the world thanks to a little special object

      I will accompany you in the run and then we will bake another cake! If there is one that you prefer, please tell me.

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      Robert E Smith 

      5 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Yes Mickji, It is a great compromise. I will have to work it off though. I am very hungry so I will have to run a bunch to break even. Thank you again for the recipe. Bob.

    • Mickji profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from between Italy and Switzerland, travelling around the world thanks to a little special object

      I thank you so much!Both for the votes and the kind words.

      It cannot danger the diet so much because it's very sponge, but indeed sugar is not the best friend... If you eat a piece of cake, you'll run 10 minutes more, is it a good compromise?

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      Robert E Smith 

      5 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I think the recipe looks amazing! So I shared it. You will make it hard for people to diet if you keep making good desert recipes. I loved the look of it and the pictures made my mouth water. I am not necessarily a "cake person" either, but I bet I would try a bite of this! I voted up and "useful" and "interesting."


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