Saturday, May 21, 2011

French Apple Cake

This is a wonderful french apple cake ...moist and yet fluffy soft . A great french apple cake for dessert :)  I am a fan of Dorie Greenspan and this recipe is from her latest cookbook : Around My French Table. I have ordered the book last week and now I am waiting for the book to arrive next week....yay ! I am happy, and happy as can be ! Another book to my collections !  I know for sure..someone is going to oink again  :p  

I decided to use these vanilla pods given to me by Piggy Jo . She knew that I was looking for  those from Madagascar and truly she got me some from UK when she was there. The cake turned out so fragrant with the use of these vanilla pod....the whole house was filled with the aroma while it was baking :) Love this vanilla pod. This french apple cake is so simple to make and so apple rich too. I love french dessert especially to eat this with two scoops of ice cream...yummy!  Do try this out....a  classy apple cake no doubt ! The rest are for drooling purposes :p :p :

French Apple Cake ( adapted from Dorie Greenspan - Around My French Table )

3/4 cup (110g) flour
3/4 teaspoon
 baking powder
pinch of salt
4 large apples (a mix of varieties)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup (150g) sugar
3 tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 tablespoons (115g) butter, salted or unsalted, melted and cooled to room temperature
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC) and adjust the oven rack to the center of the oven.
2. Heavily butter an 8- or 9-inch (20-23cm) springform pan and place it on a baking sheet.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
4. Peel and core the apples, then dice them into 1-inch (3cm) pieces.
5. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until foamy then whisk in the sugar, then rum and vanilla. Whisk in half of the flour mixture, then gently stir in half of the melted butter
6. Stir in the remaining flour mixture, then the rest of the butter.
7. Fold in the apple cubes until they’re well-coated with the batter and scrape them into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top a little with a spatula.
8. Bake the cake for 50 minute to 1 hour, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edge to loosen the cake from the pan and carefully remove the sides of the cake pan, making sure no apples are stuck to it.
Serving: Serve wedges of the cake just by itself, or with crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream.
Storage: The cake will keep for up to three days covered. Since the top is very moist, it’s best to store it under a cake dome or overturned bowl.
Enjoy and have a fun filled day !


  1. Holy Cow! I bookmarked this. Could you imagine this warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice ceam on top. LOVE IT!

  2. Yippee, I'm gonna make this to bring over to my in laws later, thanks Elin! ;))

  3. Elin, do bake this cake one more time... i will buy a tub of HD ready... one more suggestion, you can actually sell this cake to Secret Garden, I tell you, it will be selling like Hot Cakes! :p

  4. I agree with Claire, why not sell this to Secret Garden?

  5. All those lovely chunks of apples look so know I never thought to use a variety of different apples in one treat...I always went with the same type. Beautiful cake.

  6. nice to bake with real vanilla beans! I just got mine from a blogger. Don't they smell like wonders. I wanted to make vanilla extract out of it. Only then I used the soaked beans to bake my cakes. So, don't have to waste a single bit of them. Vanilla pots are so expensive here in M'sia.

  7. I saw this on FB..must hop over here to take a close look. Looks really good lol!

  8. This really looks delicious. Patricia Wells has one that is similar. I'll have to give this version a try. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. is this the book that you were talking abt earlier? It's hard not to think of this when i go to sleep not too long after this! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Elin, beautiful cake...I loved this one! Hope you'll think about joining French Fridays with Dorie...we'd love to have you!

  11. will love it with vanilla ice cream :)

    Bee was it? Your in-laws love it ? :)

    Claire & Cheah ...haha will think about it when my retirement comes :)

    Briarrose....I used the granny smith and crunchy fuji apples :) so that the cake has a tangy taste :)

    Kristy...yea, over here selling for RM10 for 2 beans. I bought mine from UK ( Jo got them for me )

    Anncoo...thanks for dropping by :)

    Mary....oh this is Dorie's recipe. I must try Patricia Wells version then :) Should be good too :)

    Lena....yea this is one of the books I bought, the other is Bon Appetit and Peter Reinhart's bread book. Once I receive it I shall post up for you to see. Don't forget 10% off till 31st May 2011 :p

    Lizzy....thanks for the invite, shall think about it and will let you know soon :)

  12. Elin-Your French Apple Cake in incredible with the chunks of apples, and real vanilla bean. Beautiful cake, for sure:D

    You'll love the Dorie cookbook I browse through it every time I'm at Lora's. A truly wonderful book!

  13. moist, fluffy and soft - ya got me with this one... good job, looks great

  14. Elisabeth.....Thanks for your encouraging words and yessss I will love Dorie's book and now waiting patiently for it to arrive together with the other two books :)))

    Drick....thanks :)

  15. Hi Elin! Your apple cake looks fantastic:) This is one of my favorite recipes in the book! Maybe you'll join FFwD?:)

  16. Apple desserts are my favorite! This cake looks just amazing. :)

  17. Lora....I will when the book arrived in a few days time :)

    Gingerbreadcake...yea it is mine too :)