Torta di Mele: Italian Apple Cake


I found this recipe on Angela's blog, it looked so simple and beautiful and I had a lonely bottle of Sambuca, so why not? I always have room for another apple cake in my repetoire.

Angela found this recipe while visiting a farm in Italy, and asked the innkeeper for the recipe since she liked the cake so much.

I guess this kicks off fall here in New Jersey. Apples and squash were the stars at the farmers' markets this weekend.

Why do I have a bottle of Sambuca in the cabinet anyway?
I used to like a shot in my coffee after dinner. It was hiding in the back of the vodka and gin, and I forgot how much flavor this stuff has. It made the cake taste wonderful. The anise flavor really worked with the apples. Don't skip it in the recipe.

Torta di Mele (courtesy of Angela's Food Love):

2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar + three tablespoons
1 cup flour
1 ounce Sambuca
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
3 tart Granny Smith apples

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Peel and core the apples and cut them into thin slices. Set the apple slices aside. Combine all other ingredients in a large bowl and stir with a fork until smooth.

Butter and flour a 9-inch springform baking pan.

Pour batter into pan, and fan apples over the batter, overlapping them tightly.

Bake for 50-55 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top and serve.

This is not a sweet cake, more of a breakfast type of cake, and delicious served with vanilla ice cream on the side.



I saw this on her blog and wanted to make it. Nice apple pacement on yours! I really want to go to that cooking/villa she went to.
LizNoVeggieGirl said…
That is DEFINITELY a winning apple recipe - yum!
kat said…
Oh my gosh, could that be any prettier!
wow -weeee - this cake is over the top perfect!
Kim said…
What an absolutely beautiful cake!! So pretty. Great job arranging those apples :D
The JR said…
So pretty. Would be a great dessert to take to family thanksgiving dinner.

Karen said…
Perfect with a cup of coffee!
Foodiewife said…
Beautiful presentation...stunning actually. I'll trade you a slice of my fig and plum tart for a slice of that. Yummy!
Ciao Chow Linda said…
such a pretty arrangement of apples.
Zoe said…
This is a beautiful cake! Perfect for guests too.
Pam said…
It looks so pretty and tasty.
Dana said…
Beautiful job fanning out those apple slices! I can never get mine to look quite so pretty.
lisa is cooking said…
Sounds delicious, and I love the fanned apple slices on top. And, I've been craving apples lately.
Angela said…
Your torta di mele turned out beautifully! What a perfect way to celebrate fall and a great way to use the Sambuca. Thanks for the mention on your blog. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!