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The Best Apple Pie Cake Recipe You’ll Ever Make

Do you love apple pie? Do you love cake? Then you are going to love this apple pie cake recipe! This recipe is so easy to follow, and the results are delicious. You’ll never want to make regular apple pie again!

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Apple Pie Cake Recipe: A Perfect Fusion of Two Classic Desserts

Combining the comforting warmth of a freshly baked cake with the classic flavours of a traditional apple pie, this innovative recipe offers an exciting twist on two beloved desserts. It promises a decadent experience, perfect for those who appreciate the distinctive taste of apple pie but crave the moist and fluffy texture of a cake. Melding the spice-infused fillings of apple pie with the rich, sweet layers you’d find in a cake, this dessert stands out as a versatile option that could become the highlight of a cosy brunch or an elegant Thanksgiving dinner.

With simple ingredients commonly found at the grocery store, this delightful recipe is accessible to all. Whether served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, this dessert earns rave reviews for its ability to meld different textures and flavours. It represents the ideal homemade treat, showcasing the best apples like Granny Smiths, layered within a soft cake batter, and finished to a golden brown perfection. This apple pie cake is a testament to the joy of combining two all-time favourite desserts into one delicious and easy-to-make creation.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Combines the taste of apple pie with the texture of cake for a unique dessert.
  • Ideal for various occasions, from casual brunches to festive gatherings.
  • Designed for convenience with easy-to-source ingredients and straightforward preparation.

Ingredients

DOUGH INGREDIENTS

APPLE PIE CAKE FILLING

  • 5 lrg Granny Smiths Apples
  • 80 g Sultanans
  • 3 tbsp Plum Jam
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnammon
  • 1 Zest of Lemon

CINNAMON TOPPING

How to make apple pie cake

STEP 1: To make the dough, beat together the egg yolks, caster sugar and vanilla until thick and pale. Add the butter and beat to combine. Add the flour and mix until combined.

STEP 2: Tip onto a well-floured bench. With floured hands, bring the dough together to form a ball. Divide into 2 and wrap in cling film and freeze for 2 hours. (I did this first thing in the morning).

STEP 3: To make the filling, peel and grate the apples into a colander. Allow to sit in the colander for 15 minutes, then squeeze the juice out. In a bowl, combine the apple with the sultanas, jam, coconut, cinnamon and lemon zest.

STEP 4: Pre-heat oven at 160 degrees C fan oven or 180c. Line a 20cm springform cake tin.

STEP 5: Coarsely grate 1 of the frozen dough pieces evenly over the tin base, then gently press down. Spread the apple filling evenly over the base. Grate the other frozen dough evenly over the top. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 45 minutes. Allow cooling before removing from the tin. Serve with cream or custard.

One could serve this homemade apple dessert as it is or enhance it with whipped cream, caramel sauce or vanilla ice cream. This easy recipe is a perfect dessert for any affair, offering a twist on classic desserts with its unique apple layers and crumb topping.

Gluten-Free Apple Cake

  • Base: Utilise gluten-free self-raising flour mixed with 0.5 tsp of Xanthum gum for a sturdy texture.
  • Cake Mix: Select a gluten-free yellow cake mix for a moist and fluffy result.
  • Alternative: Swap in a spice cake mix to vary flavour.
  • Baking Tips: Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature for uniform cake batter.
  • Storage: Keep the cake in an airtight container to retain freshness.

Storing Apple Pie Cake

  • Refrigeration: Place in an airtight container; remains fresh for 4 days.
  • Freezing: Store for 3 months; defrost in fridge or heat in oven.
  • Thawing: Let the cake reach room temperature for best flavour.

Components for Pie Pastry

  • Butter: 115g (unsalted, cooled after melting)
  • Sugar: 115g (caster variety)
  • Egg Yolks: Three, at room temperature
  • Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp (pure extract recommended)
  • Flour: 170g (opt for self-raising or a gluten-free alternative with added Xanthan gum)

Core Elements for Apple Cake Filling

  • Apples: 5 Granny Smiths, cored and sliced
  • Sultanas: 80g at room temperature
  • Sticky Sweetener: 3 tbsp plum jam
  • Tropical Flakes: 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • Aromatic Powder: 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Citrus Zest: From 1 whole lemon

Cinnamon Infused Sprinkle

For the garnish, combine one teaspoon ground cinnamon with 50 grams of caster sugar. This mix is a key part in creating a harmonious blend with other components such as nutmeg and cardamom to enhance flavour in cakes, crumbles, or pastries. This spice mixture not only imparts a warming taste but also contributes to an inviting aroma.

Frequently Asked Questions

Incorporating Apples in Dessert Preparations

To add apples into desserts, consider these methods:

  • Sliced Apples: Topped with brown sugar, cinnamon, and a little bit of lemon juice for a sweet and tangy flavour.
  • Apple Pie Filling: Use within layer cakes or as a topping on an apple crisp.
  • Grated Apples: Mix into cake batter to keep the texture moist and add a subtle apple essence.

Creating a Celebratory Apple Cake

Yes, apples can be integrated into a celebratory cake:

  • Use Spiced Apple Compote: Layer between cake layers of a spice cake mix or a white cake mix.
  • Decorate with Fresh Apple Slices: Arrange thinly sliced apples on top of the cake.
  • Ensure all apple components have cooled to room temperature before constructing the cake to maintain structural integrity.

Making Vanilla Cake with Apple Pie Filling

To combine apple pie filling into a vanilla cake, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare cake batter using a yellow cake mix or from scratch in a large bowl.
  2. Spoon a layer of apple pie filling into the bottom of the pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. Add the cake batter over the top and bake until golden brown.

Simple Apple Cake Recipe

For an easy apple cake, gather these simple ingredients:

  • Start with a boxed cake mix, such as a yellow cake mix.
  • Mix in apple pie spice, diced fresh apples (like granny smith apples or honey crisps), and brown sugar.
  • Bake in a cake pan until the cake tester comes out clean. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Pre-Cooking Apple Filling

Pre-cooking apple filling is generally recommended:

  • It ensures apples are soft and of a consistent texture.
  • Prevents the cake or pie from becoming soggy due to excess moisture.
  • Enhances the flavour by allowing the sugars to caramelize.

Classic Ingredients of Apple Cake

These elements combined make the perfect dessert that celebrates the essence of both a classic apple cobbler and a moist cake.

a slice of apple pie cake on a white plate

Apple Pie Cake

Rachel
The best apple pie you will ever make!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert, Pudding
Cuisine British
Servings 8
Calories 319 kcal

Ingredients
  

DOUGH INGREDIENTS

APPLE PIE CAKE FILLING

  • 5 lrg Granny Smiths Apples
  • 80 g Sultanans
  • 3 tbsp Plum Jam
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnammon
  • 1 Zest of Lemon

CINNAMON TOPPING

Instructions
 

  • To make the dough, beat together the egg yolks, caster sugar and vanilla until thick and pale. Add the butter and beat to combine. Add the flour and mix until combined.
  • Tip onto a well-floured bench. With floured hands, bring the dough together to form a ball. Divide into 2 and wrap in cling film and freeze for 2 hours. (I did this first thing in the morning).
  • To make the filling, peel and grate the apples into a colander. Allow to sit in the colander for 15 minutes, then squeeze the juice out. In a bowl, combine the apple with the sultanas, jam, coconut, cinnamon and lemon zest.
  • Pre-heat oven at 160 degrees C fan oven. Line a 20cm springform cake tin.
  • Coarsely grate 1 of the frozen dough pieces evenly over the tin base, then gently press down. Spread the apple filling evenly over the base. Grate the other frozen dough evenly over the top. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 45 minutes. Allow cooling before removing from the tin. Serve with cream or custard.
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Nutrition

Calories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 100mgPotassium: 135mgFiber: 2gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 461IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
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