French Apple Cake

I experimented with another fall recipe today–Dorie Greenspan’s French Apple Cake via David Lebovitz. The only time I eat apples is when they’re in dessert form, which means I better get my apple-a-day and stay healthy this season.

This recipe was simple and straightforward, which is one of the main reasons I bookmarked it. It has been a while since I tried my hand at an apple cake. A few years ago I attempted a famous Food Network chef’s recipe and it was so sickeningly sweet I had to throw out the whole pan. Yikes!

Making this cake was relatively uneventful. Except when I screamed bloody freaking murder after I nearly grabbed a crumpled paper towel with a big fat grub crawling around on it. I scared the living daylights out of both Bailey and myself. I have no idea how that thing got there, but I was paranoid the rest of the baking session that more grubs would come creeping out at me. *shudder* Oh, and there was also that other moment when I bust my lip open. I was taking a drink from my water bottle while leaning down to peer into the oven. I underestimated the space between said bottle and oven and rammed myself in the mouth. What’s even better is that I text Carmencita about my bloody lip and all she said was, “I just hope it isn’t in the cake.” And this is why I can’t help but love her.

Okay, now here’s my adaptation of David Lebovitz’s adapation of Dorie Greenspan’s French Apple Cake.

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French Apple Cake

French Apple Cake

  • Author: Lindsey Bell

Description

This recipe was simple and straightforward, which is one of the main reasons I bookmarked it.


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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 large Granny Smith apples
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Heavily butter an 8- or 9-inch springform pan and place it on a baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Peel and core the apples, then dice them into 1/2 inch pieces.
  5. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until foamy then whisk in the sugar and vanilla. Whisk in half of the flour mixture, then gently stir in half of the melted butter.
  6. Stir in the remaining flour mixture, then the rest of the butter.
  7. Fold in the apple cubes until they’re well-coated with the batter and scrape them into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top a little with a spatula.

  8. Bake the cake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edge to loosen the cake from the pan and carefully remove the sides of the cake pan, making sure no apples are stuck to it.


This apple dessert is even healthier than the last one I made--it has FOUR apples in it. If that isn't health food, then I don't know what is.
This apple dessert is even healthier than the last one I made–it has FOUR apples in it. If that isn’t health food, then I don’t know what is.
Foamy eggs = sore arm. I need to work out.
Foamy eggs = sore arm. I need to work out.
Taking action shots while simultaneously pouring sugar is a lot harder than it looks. I need an assistant.
Taking action shots while simultaneously pouring sugar is a lot harder than it looks. I need an assistant.
See my pretty bowls? My dad bought them for me several Christmases ago. See that spoon? My parents bought it for me 13 years ago when I moved away for college. I am going to use it forever. One time I accidentally chipped a piece off in the blender and nearly started crying. However, a little sand paper made everything a-okay again.
See my pretty bowls? My dad bought them for me several Christmases ago. See that spoon? My parents bought it for me 13 years ago when I moved away to college. I am going to use it forever. One time I accidentally chipped a piece off in the blender and nearly started crying. However, a little sand paper made everything a-okay again.
See where it's misshapen? I call it character. This spoon and I have been through a lot together.
See the spot where it’s misshapen? I think it adds character. This spoon and I have been through a lot together. And look at all the apples in this cake! Yum.
Getting ready to taste test.
Getting ready to taste test.
Mmm...cake...
Mmm…cake…
You can serve this with whipped cream or ice cream, but the cake is delicious on its own.
You can serve this with whipped cream or ice cream, but the cake is delicious on its own.