Apple Cake

Apple Cake

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Rustic yet elegant, you’re going to love this simple autumn apple cake! It’s light, moist with juicy apples and full of warm spices like cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s the perfect cake to enjoy with a hot cup of tea on those cool fall mornings.


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, full fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large baking apple; i.e. Pink Lady



  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a 9″ spring form pan with parchment paper and butter the sides. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter, granulated sugars and brown sugar together. Beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs and continue to beat until well incorporated. Add sour cream and vanilla extract, mix well and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl add flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cardamom and salt. Mix together.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in two additions. Mix by hand, just until incorporated. Set aside.
  5. Peel and core apple. Chop apple in large chunks approx. 1/2-1 inch thick. Add chopped apples to the batter and fold apples into the batter. Be careful not to overmix the batter.
  6. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out evenly. Set aside.
  7. In a small bowl make the topping. Mix together brown sugar, turbinado sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. Set aside.
  8. Core and thinly slice 1-2 apples for the top. Place apples on top of the batter by slightly overlapping and fanning them out in a circle. Using a spoon sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon sugar topping over the apples.
  9. Now, do this again with the inner circle; fan out apples and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top. Use all of the cinnamon sugar topping over the apples making sure to sprinkle right to the edge of the pan.
  10. Bake in the middle of the oven for approx. 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (you may want to slide the toothpick under the apple first). 
  11. Let the cake cool on a cooling rack for 5 -10 minutes. Slide a knife around the edges of the pan before removing. Top with extra turbinado sugar to add extra sparkle.


Store apple cake in a cake dome for up to 3 days at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 5 days. Let the cake come to room temperature before enjoying.


Keywords: Apple Cake, Dessert, Cake, Fall, Autumn, Spice