French Apple Cake

photo of a slice of apple cake on a plate with a fork
I love French desserts. I’ve never been to France, but when I go, I’m just going to eat non-stop. French croissants and baguettes for breakfast, macarons and eclairs for snacks; I could go on and on.
photo of an apple cake with a slice removed
French desserts always seem to have such a sophistication to them. So when I came across this apple cake by Marie-Helene, which was published in Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table, I knew I would have to check it out.

I had a few too many apples laying around. Perfect time for cake making.
close-up photo of an apple cake with a slice removed
Apple cakes are usually pretty easy to put together, and this one was no exception. Even though the cake was easy to make, I made one little booboo. Can you tell? Maybe if you’ve seen some other versions of Marie-Helene’s French apple cake…

photo of a slice of cake on a plate

I added too many eggs! The eggs were listed right before the number of apples in the ingredient list. And so instead of reading 2 eggs, I read 4. Double the amount. I think it made the batter a little denser, but it still tasted good. But looking at other cakes, my crumb doesn’t look nearly as tender. I also feel like I added too many apples even though I followed the recipe and put in four. Four apples chopped up is a lot of apples.
French Apple Cake
Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake published in Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table*, recipe found on Two Peas and Their Pod

*Some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links. Much like referral codes, this means I earn a small commission if you purchase a product I referred (at no extra charge to you).

French Apple Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Servings: 8
This cake is easy to make but looks and tastes fancier than a regular apple pie.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tps baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 large apples it's suggested you use 4 different kinds
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp dark rum
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter melted and cooled

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and center a rack in the oven. Butter an 8 inch springform pan (I lined mine with parchment paper). Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper and put the springform pan on it. Set aside.

  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl.
  3. Peel the apples, cut them in half, and remove the cores. Cut the apples into 1 to 2 inch chunks.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk until foamy. Pour in the sugar and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the rum and vanilla. Whisk in half of the flour mixture, when it's incorporated, add half of the melted butter, followed by the remaining flour mixture and butter. Mix in between additions so you have a smooth, thick batter.
  5. Fold in the apples with a rubber spatula. Pour batter into prepared pan. Spread with spatula so the batter is somewhat even.
  6. Slide the pan in the oven and bake 50-60 minutes, or until the top of the cake is golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool for five minutes.

Notes:

  • This recipe is Marie-Helene's Apple Cake published in Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table*, recipe found on Two Peas and Their Pod
  • *Some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links. Much like referral codes, this means I earn a small commission if you purchase a product I referred (at no extra charge to you).
All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

6 comments on “French Apple Cake”

  1. Eating through France is one of the best eating experiences! This cake looks wonderful!

  2. I am a sucker for apple cakes. This looks like one of those deceptively simple looking but amazing deserts. =)

  3. This looks gorgeous! I love anything cake, but this one looks like it kicked “cake” up a notch.

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