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Apple Cake

A soft and buttery dough topped with a thick layer of cinnamon apples

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, European
Keyword apple cake, apple crumble cake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 Slices
Author One Sarcastic Baker


Apple Layer

  • 6 Medium Apples (1 KG / 2.2 LBS)
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar (50 g / 2 oz)
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 TBS Fresh Lemon Zest
  • 2 TBS Fresh lemon juice

Cake Dough

  • 2 1/4 Cups AP Flour (270 g/ 9.5 oz)
  • 1 Cup Sugar (200 g / 7 oz)
  • 1 Large Egg, room temperature
  • 3 Large Egg yolks, room temperature
  • 2 TBS Brandi
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 TBS Fresh grated Lemon zest
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Unsalted Butter, chilled (150 g / 5.5 oz)


  1. Peal and core the apples. Slice the apples into thin slices or grate using a vegetable grater.

  2. Place the sliced apples and the rest of the ingredients in a large pan and over the stove on medium heat.

  3. Allow the apple to cook for about 10-15 minutes with an occasional stirring.

  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

To Make the Cake dough

  1. Preheat oven to 375F, grease the bottom and sides of 8" spring-form pan and set a side.

  2. Place all the ingredient in a bowl of a standing mixer, using the paddle attachment, mix on low until a moist dough is formed.

  3. Spread 2/3 of the dough evenly  in the pan and pierced it with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes.

  4. While the dough is baking, use the remaining of the dough to create the design you wish. 

  5. Remove the baked dough from the oven and top it with the cooked apples and decorate with the extra dough.

  6. Bake in the middle rack for 35-40 minutes.

  7. Allow the cake to cool before removing from the pan.