3 apples (about 1.3 pounds or 600 g) – Gala, Honeycrisp or Pink Lady
⅔ cups (130 g) of light brown sugar
3 free-range eggs
½ cup (one stick or 115 g) of unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons of vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
¼ teaspoon of flaky sea salt
1 and ¼ cups (200 g) of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
Start by greasing and lining the pan.
- Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C).
- Start by greasing an 8-inch (20 cm) springform pan with room-temperature butter.
- Line the bottom of the pan with a round of parchment paper, the same size as the bottom of the pan.
Prepare the apples.
- Remove the core of two apples. Using a food processor or a grater, coarsely grate the apples and set aside. You should end up with 3 and ½ cups (350 g of grated apples).
- Remove two lateral sides of the third apple, then cut into ⅛-inch (3 mm) slices. These slices will be used to decorate the cake.
Make the batter.
- Using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine light brown sugar and eggs. Whisk until pale and foamy, about 1 minute.
- Add the melted butter, vanilla paste, and salt. Mix until well combined, about 30 seconds.
- Sift the flour and baking powder. Mix over low speed until just combined (do not overwork the batter).
- Transfer the grated apples to the mixing bowl.
- Using a rubber spatula, gently incorporate the grated apples until combined (do not overwork the batter).
Bake the cake.
- Transfer the batter to the springform pan.
- Place the apple slices on top of the cake: take 4 slices and create a fan shape. Line five “apple fans” around the edges and one in the center.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes until risen, cooked through, and golden brown in color.
- Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove it from the pan.
- Let it cool down completely, and serve with an optional dusting of powdered sugar. Enjoy with a nice cup of tea or coffee.
- In France, Apple Cakes are commonly made with chopped apples, but grated apples are also used. I find that grated apples impart a stronger apple taste to the cake, so this is what I went with.
- The batter of this cake is pretty thick; this is normal. Grated apples will release their moisture into the cake during baking, resulting in a soft, perfectly moist cake. Don’t worry about the cake being dry!
- Baking time is quite long (50-55 minutes), because of the watery apple content, which adds a lot of moisture to the cake. Make sure to check the doneness of the cake with a toothpick to ensure it is perfectly cooked through.
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 50
- Category: Cake
- Method: Oven-Baked
- Cuisine: French
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: French Apple Cake, Apple Cake, Apple Coffee Cake