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Apple-Pie Cake

June 08, 2021 4 min read

Succulent apples, sweet cake, and rich cinnamon come together in this recipe for a dessert that is sure to disappear in no time. This apple pie cake is a variation of homemade apple pie with similar ingredients and tastes, but the cake base and arrangement of apples are what make this recipe unique. Serve a warm slice of this cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate fall-inspired masterpiece. This easy recipe is guaranteed to satisfy even the strongest sweet tooth.

How to make apple-pie cake with Multo® by CookingPal®?

Apple-Pie Cake

1. Make the batter.

Begin by mixing your cake batter in Multo®. It is important to not overmix cake batter as this can cause your cake to be overly chewy and dense, so be mindful of the time limit mentioned in the recipe indicating how long to mix the batter for. You will be able to tell that your batter is ready when all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated and the texture is fluffy and smooth. It should also have a ribbon-like consistency when it drips from a spoon or the mixing blade, meaning it drips slowly, has no lumps, and has a nice sheen to its color.

If your batter has lumps, you can add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time and continue to mix until everything smooths out. 

Baking powder is a powerful ingredient in baked goods. It’s what causes cakes, cookies, and other baked goods to rise, resulting in a lighter, fluffier texture.

2. Prepare apple slices.

Slicing the apples is the next step for preparing this cake. 

Though all apples would work in this recipe, there are a few varieties that are better for baking due to their distinct flavors and textures.

Granny Smith apples are crisp and sour, known to maintain their shape during baking and compliment the sweet base with their tartness.

Honeycrisp apples are a tangier variety but also have a great crunchy texture and can hold firm during baking.

Braeburn apples will release succulent natural juices when cooked, and this will offset the intensity of the cinnamon.

For a more unique apple variety, Jonagold are known for their honey sweetness; they don’t store well though, so be sure to use this type of apple within a few days.

3. Bake and enjoy.

Have a warm, sugared apple cake ready to eat in just 40 minutes. It does taste great on its own, but here are a few suggestions to make the final presentation more interesting. A simple vanilla glaze can be made with milk and powdered sugar and drizzled on top of the warm cake, and of course a scoop of ice cream is an iconic pairing. Enjoy a warm cup of tea or cider with this dessert as well.

Tips and Tricks

  • What’s the difference between this recipe and apple pie? 

    Even though it shares many characteristics with an apple pie, this recipe is referred to as a “cake” due to its soft, airy base. The apples are also sliced and arranged on top as a decorative layer. An apple pie, on the other hand, has a thin pie crust for a base, diced apple and spices as the filling, and a crust topping. There are also apple crumbles which typically have a thin crust bottom, apple pie filling, and a buttery crumble topping. So although these different desserts are known for their common apple and cinnamon combinations, the base and toppings are what make them so different. Each type of dessert also requires a different cooking time.

  • Does apple cake need to be refrigerated? How long can it stay in the fridge? 

    Though the chances of leftovers are quite slim, this apple cake recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Be sure to tightly cover it with a lid, foil, or plastic wrap to maintain freshness. You can warm up leftovers in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.

  • What spices go well with apple pie?

    Cinnamon is the most common spice used when cooking with apples, but you can substitute it with some other spices for similar flavors.
    Nutmeg, mace, and cloves are known for their warm, nutty notes and are often used in baking.
    Ground ginger is also a great spice to add for a pungent, fresh taste.
    These spices can also be used in addition to the cinnamon - just add half teaspoon each a time until you reach your desired flavor.

  • Can this recipe be made gluten-free?

    Almond Flour

    Yes! Replacing the regular flour with an equivalent amount of almond flour would make this recipe gluten-free without taking away from its great taste.

Filled with fresh autumn flavors and aromas, this apple pie cake is the perfect sweet treat for chilly weather. Easily customizable with different toppings (e.g. whipped cream, ice cream), spices, and apple varieties, you can make this baked good a personal masterpiece. Have a slice after dinner, as a snack, or even with a cup of coffee for a decadent breakfast. Be sure to also check out Multo’s other recipe ideas for inspiration and step-by-step directions for delicious meals!

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