No one ever believes me when I tell them just how simple this French Apple Cake is! Like all good French recipes, this cake is both sophisticated and full of flavour.
Trust me when I say it’s absolutely fool-proof too! All you need to do is mix and bake. The result is a fluffy, moist cake which is absolutely bursting with apple flavour.
This cake is perfect on its own or lightly dusted with icing sugar. Be warned, once you bring this cake to a function, it will be requested forever after!
- ½ cup canola oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- ⅔ cup caster sugar
- 2 medium green cooking apples (I use Granny Smith)
- Icing sugar, to dust
- Preheat the oven to 160°C (350°F). Grease and line a 20 cm (8 inch) circular cake tin with baking paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, and vanilla essence. Sift over the self-raising flour and caster sugar. Fold together until just combined.
- Peel and chop the apples into small cubes, approx 1.5 cm (½ inch) cubes. Add to mixing bowl and fold until combined and all apple cubes are coated in batter.
- Scrape batter into prepared tin. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the cake tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar before serving, if desired.
- You can keep the cake refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
- To freeze the cooked cake, allow to cool completely then wrap tightly in clingwrap and then place in a zip-loc or freezer bag. Keep frozen for up to 6 months. To thaw, allow to defrost at room temperature for 6 hours or overnight.
Substitutions & Tips
- Flour: you can substitute 1 cup of self-raising flour with 1 cup of plain flour combined with 2 tsp of baking powder.
- Canola oil: you can substitute canola oil for any type of vegetable oil. Note that if you're using a rich olive oil it may change the flavour of the cake.
- Apples: this cake is a lovely base for any sort of fruit cake. You can 1-2 cups of chopped pears, stonefruit, or berries if desired.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1/10th of Cake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 12.9gSaturated Fat: 1.3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 55.5mgSodium: 21.4mgCarbohydrates: 26.3gFiber: 1.4gSugar: 16.5gProtein: 3g