Easy Moist French Apple Cake

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Experience the perfect blend of juicy apples, a delicate texture that will transport you straight to a charming French patisserie. Don’t miss out on this incredible treat and let your taste buds say ‘Oui!’ to French Apple Cake!


Units Scale
  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 130g + 16 g (1 cup + 2 Tbsp) all-purpose flour divided
  • 220g + 14 g (1 cup + 1 Tbsp) white sugar divided
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolk
  • 250 ml (1 cup) vegetable oil
  • 250 ml (1 cup) whole milk
  • 12 tsp Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Prepare a 23cm round baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Grease with cooking spray. (It is preferable if you use a springform pan so it will be easier to remove the cake.
  3. Peel your apples and cut them into wedges and slice them into about 1/8 cm each.
  4. Place in a bowl or shallow dish. Add lemon juice.
  5. Microwave on medium-high for about 3 minutes or until soft, but not mushy. Set aside to cool down.
  6. In another bowl, add 130g (1 cup) of flour, 220g (1 cup) of white sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  7. In another bowl, add milk, oil, and whole egg.
  8. Add dry ingredients to this wet mixture and stir to combine well.
  9. Take 1 cup of this mixture and place it in another bowl. Set aside.
  10. To the remaining batter, add 2 egg yolks and mix to combine.
  11. Gently mix the apples and transfer them to the prepared pan. Set aside.
  12. To the bowl with 1 cup of batter, add 16 g (2 Tbsp) of flour and mix to combine.
  13. Pour this mixture over the batter into the baking pan.
  14. Evenly top with the 14 g (1 Tbsp) white sugar.
  15. Bake for 1 hour & 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Make sure to turn the pan halfway through baking.
  16. Remove the pan from the oven and let the cake cool in the pan for 30 minutes.
  17. Run a knife on the edges and transfer the cake to a cooling rack.
  18. Make sure to move the cake carefully as the cake is still soft.
  19. Cool completely for about 2-3 hours.
  20. Sprinkle the top of the cake with powdered sugar before serving.


Prepared, tried, and tested by Beverley from The Recipe Hunter: Tried Β and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs


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