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The Most Perfect French Apple Cake Recipe

by Nellie

This amazing moist apple cake recipe is so perfect for the holidays. It is perfect with a little whipped cream or even ice cream. Served warm is even better! This recipe will be a hit for your family!

I don’t need a reason to bake. Baking has been my happy place since I discovered my love for baking while caring for my newborn second son. Once I got the KitchenAid mixer all bets were off! What hand mixer?! Today I’m sharing the perfect recipe for a french apple cake that I was able to make and taste last week at an event that was SO good I have to recreate it–right away!

This amazing moist apple cake recipe is so perfect for the holidays. It is perfect with a little whipped cream or even ice cream. Served warm is even better! This recipe will be a hit for your family!

Earlier this week I shared about my awesome experience at The Brooklyn Kitchen at a cooking class with BOU. One of my favorite parts of that evening was the dessert, the French Apple Cake. It was the perfect split between a pie and cake and it was full of delicious apple chunks that make it perfect for any holiday but especially Thanksgiving or Christmas.

This amazing moist apple cake recipe is so perfect for the holidays. It is perfect with a little whipped cream or even ice cream. Served warm is even better! This recipe will be a hit for your family!

It was my first time having this perfect French Apple Cake. The cake was a huge crowd pleaser! I am generally a fan of anything with apples, but what makes this awesome is that the apples are baked directly into the cake which makes it an entire experience! I used Fuji Apples and light rum since we didn’t have any rum in the house and my mom was kind enough to bring me what she had.

Related: Easy & Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe!

This amazing moist apple cake recipe is so perfect for the holidays. It is perfect with a little whipped cream or even ice cream. Served warm is even better! This recipe will be a hit for your family!

This super moist and delicious cake is perfect with a little whipped cream and/or ice cream.

French Apple Cake Recipe

This amazing moist apple cake recipe is so perfect for the holidays. It is perfect with a little whipped cream or even ice cream. Served warm is even better! This recipe will be a hit for your family!

Recipe Adapted from Once Upon A Chef with slight changes. (I used less rum and cake flour) Original recipe here.

Servings: 6-8
 

French Apple Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cake flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling over cake
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • sweet baking apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I like Honeycrisp, Fuji or Golden Delicious)
  • Confectioners’ sugar (optional), for decorating cake

This amazing moist apple cake recipe is so perfect for the holidays. It is perfect with a little whipped cream or even ice cream. Served warm is even better! This recipe will be a hit for your family!

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch springform or regular cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Using a handheld mixer with beaters or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and rum. Don’t worry if the batter looks grainy. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chopped apples.This amazing moist apple cake recipe is so perfect for the holidays. It is perfect with a little whipped cream or even ice cream. Served warm is even better! This recipe will be a hit for your family!
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the cake is lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool until just warm. Run a blunt knife around the edges of the cake and remove the sides of the springform pan if using. Using a fine sieve, dust with Confectioners’ sugar (if using). Cake can be served warm or room temperature, with or without lightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

This amazing moist apple cake recipe is so perfect for the holidays. It is perfect with a little whipped cream or even ice cream. Served warm is even better! This recipe will be a hit for your family!

If you loved this French Apple Cake recipe you will adore this Easy and Yummy Cranberry Walnut Zucchini Bread!

What is your favorite holiday dessert?

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11 comments

Janine Huldie November 17, 2017 - 6:44 am

This looks heavenly and adding to my list of recipes to bake this holiday season now. Oh and like you I love to bake and I also love using my KitchenAid Mixer. I actually added that to my bridal registry years back just hoping that at the very least someone who buy it for me as I really just couldn’t help, but want one. Lo and behold, my grandmother got it for me, because she loved to bake and also had one when she was younger. So she got my love and fascination with that device. Still so thankful so many years later that she did 😉

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ktia November 17, 2017 - 8:25 am

Apple Pie is my favorite. I don’t know why people sleep on that lol. Must try this one

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Coco November 17, 2017 - 8:40 pm

That looks amazing – and almost healthy enough for breakfast, right?

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Tamara November 22, 2017 - 9:38 am

Nellie, it’s gorgeous! I’m so not a baked or cooked apple girl but in a cake? Yes. All bets can be off for that. So fluffy! I like your cooking adventures! I love whipped cream. I’d use less rum too.
And my KitchenAid amazes me.

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Wilkins November 23, 2017 - 12:24 am

This would be delicious any time of the day… especially right now!

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Carla Patterson November 25, 2017 - 9:56 am

Wow, this recipe does look extremely lovely <3 Thanks a lot for sharing it with us!

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nicole December 15, 2017 - 12:37 pm

I absolutely love baking too, and this cake sounds delicious. I’m so delicious of your Kitchen Aid – those things look amazing!

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Andrea Eisen November 17, 2018 - 10:35 pm

omg, this looks so good I kind of would love a warm out of the oven slice of it right now.

Dang.

YUM.

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Dawn April 30, 2019 - 7:24 pm

I love apple pie and this would be a nice change! As for what is my favorite dessert? I cannot even begin to answer that, I enjoy all desserts 🙂

I bet this would go well with any meal (not just a holiday) and I will have to try it before it gets too hot to have the oven on.

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Adela March 31, 2020 - 4:53 am

This is such an amazing recipe. I’ve made it like four times and it’s perfect every time. I add a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon to the dry ingredients because we’re a big cinnamon family. Otherwise, I follow your recipe to the letter. Cheers and thank you.

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calvinarast July 16, 2020 - 6:39 am

I include several teaspoons of cinnamon to the dry fixings since we’re a major cinnamon family. Else, I follow your formula precisely.

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