French Apple Cake

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 288.2
  • Total Fat: 10.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 53.1 mg
  • Sodium: 170.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 43.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.2 g
  • Protein: 2.9 g

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Adapted from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

I like this recipe because you can make it with ingredients easily on hand.
Adapted from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

I like this recipe because you can make it with ingredients easily on hand.

Number of Servings: 8


    * *All Purpose Unbleached Flour, 3/4 cup
    * Baking Powder, 3/4 tsp
    * Salt, 1 pinch
    * Apples, fresh, 4 large
    * Egg, 2 large
    * Granulated Sugar, 3/4 cup
    * *Dark Rum, 3 tbsp
    * Vanilla Extract, 1/2 tsp
    * *Smart Balance Buttery Spread, 8 tbsp melted and cooled to room temperature


Makes one 8 or 9 inch cake
Serves 8

Dorie doesn’t specify any type of apple but instead advises that you should use a mix of them. The rum is really vital for the taste, and the cake would be not as interesting without it. If you’re avoiding alcohol, you could double to triple up on the vanilla to compensate.

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, or whipped cream.

Storage: The cake will keep for up to three days covered. Since the top is very moist, it’s best to store it

Number of Servings: 8

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  • This sounds very good. I want to give it a try. - 8/14/18

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  • I really liked the cake. I've made a french apple cake previously and it was much higher. My cake now was rather flat, almost a tart, but still really yummy and easy to make - 2/12/13

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