A Simple Apple Cake w/ Vanilla

Hooray for apple season!

I am looking forward to some cooler fall temps and apple recipes! We have had a very warm fall so far (80F everyday in October).

This recipe is for the non-bakers and the bakers.

It is so easy, that even a non-baker can whip this one up.

If you can't make this cake, then just go to the bakery and buy a cake, it's time to hang up your apron.

It is based on Marion Burro's summer plum torte, but I have adapted the recipe using apples and vanilla.

Simple Apple Cake w/ Vanilla:

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 cup unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and sliced
turbinado sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon, for topping

Grease an 8" or 9" cake pan (I use a 9" springform).

Cream the butter, vanilla and sugar together, then add eggs in one at a time.

Mix until batter is pale yellow.

Mix in the flour and baking powder.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and place the apples on top.

Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the apples. Then some sugar and cinnamon on top.

Bake at 350F for 45 minutes.

Delicious warm or at room temperature.



I love a good apple cake. Sometimes you want that apple dessert, and a pie seems obvious, but there are times I don't to bother with pie crust. The easiest apple cakes can be so satisfying if you have a good buttery batter.
Katie C. said…
Sounds good! We finally got a cool day here in Virginia but it’s supposed to get warm again this weekend. I’m making my second batch of applesauce in the slow cooker this morning. Not sure if I’m going to freeze or can the two batches. I am going to set some aside for an applesauce cake. I’ll make yours eventually. I usually do 😉
Unknown said…
Do we cream the butter with the sugar? Or mix the melted butter with the sugar? It says melted in the ingredient list. This is something I am making asap :) Thanks!
Stacey Snacks said…
Just mix in the butter w/ the sugar.
Like I said, it's super easy! You don't really need instructions for this one.

I don't follow any rules, I just throw everything in one bowl, I never do the dry in one, and the wet in another.

Anonymous said…
Can this be made with pears? Would you add golden raisins plumped in rum or bourbon?
Judy Biniaris said…
Loved the recipe. Made it for friends, and they wound up taking half of it home! Speaking of apple season, I also had the opportunity to stop at Melick's and bought the Hard Apple Cider after a delicious lunch at the Tewksbury Inn (had some great Barolo wine!)...and as you know the weekend was made complete with the purchase of a certain Apple and Bramble antique jar :) ...
Easy and delicious. I used green Granny Smith apples - an Australian favourite for cooking. This is the 3rd recipe of yours I have made this month. Thank you.
aknlw said…
I made this yesterday with Cup4Cup Gluten free flour and it was FANTASTIC! My husband who dislikes apple desserts went back for seconds. The topping just makes this cake!