This cake looks much more difficult to make than it actually is. Spiraling the apples on top will guarantee it’s the most elegant looking dessert in the room. Slice the apples as thinly as you can, about 1/4″ thick to make sure the apples are tender as they cake is cooked through. A springform pan is very helpful here as this makes a tall cake and your springform should be deep enough to hold all of the batter. It also makes for easy slicing and no need to turn you cake upside down so that they beautiful apples are presented on top. Drizzle a little caramel on the slices or serve with freshly whipped cream.
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Editor’s Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on July 31, 2020 to include more information about the dish.
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apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1/2 c.
lightly packed brown sugar, plus 2 tbsp.
- 1 3/4 c.
- 3/4 tsp.
- 1 tsp.
- 2 tsp.
- 1/4 tsp.
- 1/2 c.
(1 stick) butter, softened
- 1 c.
- 1 tsp.
pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 c.
Coarse sugar, for sprinkling
- Nutrition Information
- Per Serving (Serves 10)
- Calories360 Fat13 gSaturated fat7 gTrans fat0 gCholesterol63 mgSodium245 mgCarbohydrates57 gFiber2 gSugar40 gProtein4 gVitamin D1 mcgCalcium78 mgIron1 mgPotassium129 mg
- Note: The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
- Step 1Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9″ springform pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl toss together apples, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar.
- Step 2In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Step 3In another large bowl using hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), beat together butter, granulated sugar, and remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix until combined.
- Step 4Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, beating until just combined. Pour in milk and mix until fully incorporated. Add remaining dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Step 5Pour batter into prepared pan and arrange apples on top in a spiral, overlapping layers slightly. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
- Step 6Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool 20 minutes before removing sides of springform pan.
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