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Easy Apple Cake is moist and tender. Full of apple and Fall spice flavors. A cake recipe with simple healthy ingredients is perfect for breakfast, a coffee break, or dessert.
This cake is super easy and uses ingredients right from your pantry. I love the apple and spice flavor. Made with healthy ingredients, it is a treat to enjoy on a weekend morning.
This cake uses ingredients right from your pantry. I made a few healthy switches using whole wheat pastry flour #ad, olive oil, and cut back on sugar.
First, you want to gather all your ingredients. This is something that makes cooking so much easier. This simple step ensures you have all your ingredients and they are there and measured as you put your recipe together.
Collect your dry ingredients, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, and salt.
Tip: shift all these ingredients together to make sure your dry ingredients are mixed and lump-free and add to the mixing bowl.
Mix your wet ingredients, egg, sugar, milk, olive oil, and vanilla.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. This will make about 2 cups of cake batter.
Apple Topping and Filling
Peel and core one apple. Thinly slice. The slices will be placed on top of the cake batter before baking. See the picture below.
Peel and finely chop a second apple. Mix with brown sugar and spice.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Prepare an 8-inch cake pan by spraying with non-stick cooking spray. Add a piece of parchment paper cut to fit in the bottom. Lightly spray parchment paper.
Add one cup of cake batter to the pan. Sprinkle with chopped apple. Add the remainder of the batter.
Lightly place apple slices on top of the cake batter toward the outer edge, filling in the middle.
Tip: be aware that apple slices may cook into the batter. No worries just add a dusting of powdered sugar once the cake has cooled and no one will be the wiser.
Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center come out clean without any batter.
Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Place a piece of parchment paper on a cooling rack. Place the rack with parchment paper over the top of the pan. Turn the cake over. Remove the parchment paper, and transfer to a serving plate. Dust with powder sugar. Enjoy.
Apple: ripe pears work great with this recipe.
Whole Wheat Pastry Flour: all-purpose flour would have a similar texture. If you want to stay with whole wheat, use white whole wheat flour. The cake's texture will be a bit heavier.
Olive Oil: substitute canola oil or other oil on hand.
A simple substitution for Allspice is:
3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon of cloves
Mix the spices until well blended. Use as a 1:1 substitute in your recipe.
Store remainder of Allspice substitute in an air-tight container for up to 3 months.
I used the following equipment to make this cake.
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September 2021 Update: Minor updates to post, addition of FAQ, and image updates.