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French apple cake with one slice removed

French Apple Cake

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Delicious French apple cake is an easy dessert recipe that pulls together quickly but looks and tastes like it came from a high end bakery! Dense creamy base with a light fluffy cake layer on the top.


Units Scale
  • 4 large apples (baking variety is best)
  • 3 tablespoons Calvados, apple brandy, or dark rum
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • powdered sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform pan (affiliate link) with baking spray (affiliate link) (or butter and lightly flour the surface.)
  2. Core the apples and slice into 1/8 thick slices.
  3. Place apple slices in a medium bowl and pour over the Calvados, toss to coat and allow to soak.
  4. In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl add eggs and mix with a wire whisk until frothy.
  6. Add vanilla extract and sugar and mix until combined.
  7. Add butter and continue to stir.
  8. Add flour mixture a little at a time stirring constantly until batter is uniform.
  9. Fold in apples, making sure to include any remaining Calvados at the bottom of the bowl.
  10. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and pat down the apples with a spatula.
  11. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  12. Cool at least 5 minutes before removing from pan.
  13. Dust with powdered sugar before serving if desired.


I recommend using a baking apple that will hold it’s shape for this Apple Cake. Varieties such as Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Pink Lady, Braeburn, and Jonagold are all good options.

Do not overmix the batter, mix only until just blended.

Tap the cake pan on the counter a few times before baking to release any trapped air bubbles.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: French


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 269
  • Sugar: 28.7 g
  • Sodium: 420.9 mg
  • Fat: 7.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.4 g
  • Protein: 3.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 46.5 mg