Italian Apple Cake

Italian Apple Cake

Apples play a starring role in this lemon and vanilla infused cake. They’re in the batter and on top for a pretty presentation, filling every bite with their tart, sweet flavor.

This is a single layer cake cooked in a springform pan. It’s buttery and moist with soft, tender apples that melt in your mouth. It’s perfect with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar but can also be dressed up with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

It comes together easily once you get the most time-consuming task done, the slicing of the apples. Now, I know, it’s not apple season, but apples are one of those fruits I eat all year-long.

When I see a piece of fruit the first thing I usually think of is what can I bake with it? I can always find beautiful organic ones and aside from eating them with a little lot of cinnamon sprinkled over them I love a good apple cake. One that makes you want to put the teapot on to boil.

Like, every time you pass the kitchen.

Apple Cake

Italian Apple Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: PT60 - 70M

Yield: 1 (8 or 9-inch) cake

Italian Apple Cake

Apples play a starring role in this lemon and vanilla infused cake. They're in the batter and on top for a pretty presentation, filling every bite with their tart, sweet flavor.


5 - 6 medium organic golden delicious or gala apples
1 lemon, zested and juiced
8 tablespoons butter, divided
1/3 cup milk
1 + 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling on top
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
confectioners' sugar to sprinkle on top
whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of an 8 or 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper and butter and flour the sides.
  2. Peel, core and cut the apples into 1/4-1/3-inch slices. Place in a large bowl and toss them with the lemon juice to prevent browning.
  3. In a small saucepan set over low heat melt 7 tablespoons of the butter. Remove from heat and add the milk.
  4. In a small bowl sift the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon together.
  5. In a separate large bowl on low speed beat the eggs and sugar together until yellow and creamy 2 - 3 minutes. Beat in the zest and vanilla.
  6. Beat in the flour slowly, 1/3 at a time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the butter/milk mixture just until a smooth batter forms; don't over beat.
  7. Gently fold in half the apple slices. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and shake the pan gently to level it.
  8. Arrange the remaining apples slices over the top in a circular pattern with the edges slightly overlapping. Sprinkle them with about 2 tablespoons of sugar and dot with the remaining tablespoon butter.
  9. Bake 60 to 70 minutes until the cake starts to pull away from the center of the pan and the top is golden - a toothpick from the center should come out with crumbs but no wet batter.
  10. Cool on wire rack for 25 - 30 minutes then remove the sides from the springform pan and cool completely.
  11. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if desired.


Adapted from Live Well Network

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

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  1. says

    I want a piece of this cake! I am pinning this for my Jewish High Holiday baking in September. Apples cake is traditional (Italian Apple cake will just make the occasion international! :) ) and I love to try at least one new apple cake each year. The top looks so pretty with the layered apple slices and the inside…I may have to start taste testing sooner than September!! Thanks, Reeni!

  2. Shannon says

    Hello! I have this apple cake baking in the oven right now, and I am down on my computer writing you a thank you note ahead of time, because I love your recipes and I know this will be fabulous!
    Thank you!!!!!!!

  3. says

    I eat apples year-round also!! They are just the best. And I am so happy you posted this…all those apple layers mixed in with the cake sound perfect!

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