Homemade Apple Cake

by hilla.kariv on May 25, 2011

homemade apple cake

I made this cake with my youngest swiping half the apples I peeled and sliced. It was Saturday morning and my friend and her mom, who traveled thousands of miles to visit, were coming over. We all know when guests come over you don’t have to serve cake, but a homemade one is nice to have. Nice and impressive.


I promised to say goodbye to apples a few weeks ago, as winter was finally letting spring take over. We would part as friends for the summer. And I kept putting it off until now. My guests enjoyed this apple cake, and with a few improvements it’s even better now. Here it is – soft, caramelized edges and indulgent. But not too indulgent – it’s mostly apples.

This cake is for my friend, and her beautiful strong baby boy Neta.

What a lucky kid you are!

peeling apples
slicing nad mixing apples
homemade apple cake

Neta’s Homemade Apple Cake

There isn’t much cake here, mostly apples and not a lot holding them together. If you like your cakes very sweet add ~¼ cup brown sugar. If you’re using white sugar – don’t forget it is much sweeter.

It’s best to mix a few kinds of apples. Each kind adds something else to the cake – sour, sweet, firm or melting soft.

6 big apples – about 28 oz / 800 gr. (2 should be granny smith and the rest whatever you like)
¾ cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup olive oil or other oil
1 cup flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup packed brown sugar
~ 1 tablespoon butter for the top of the cake

For the crumb topping: 1 Tablespoon butter, 2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar, 2 Tablespoons flour, ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 f / 180 c.

Peel the apples, quarter and core. Slice very thinly.

Mix the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients and mix until the batter is smooth. Add the apples, mix and transfer to a pan. With your hand press the apples down so you get an ‘organized’ mess.

Cut the tablespoon of butter as finely as possible and ‘dot’ the small pieces over the apples.

With your fingers bring together the crumb topping ingredients until you get uneven crumbs. Spread on top.

Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, until the cake is browned and caramelized and the entire house smells heavenly.