Step back in time with this old fashioned fresh apple cake recipe is the perfect size for 2 or 3 people. It's moist and just sweet enough for an afternoon snack. The soft chunks of apple melt in your mouth.
This fresh apple cake is tasty and it's also extra easy to make. No mixers needed.
Cake Flour: it really does make a difference, cake flour has less protein and creates less gluten which produced a nice soft crumb.
Baking Soda: don't forget the baking soda, you need this for a nice rise to the apple cake.
Salt: the salt not only enhances the flavor it helps with the texture.
Butter: In this recipe, I opt for salted butter, you can also substitute a neutral flavor vegetable oil.
Sugar: Granulated sugar for the cake and Confectioners sugar for dusting on the finished cake.
Egg: One whole egg
Vanilla Extract: use pure vanilla extract or paste.
Lemon Juice: fresh squeezed lemon has a better flavor
Sour Cream: the sour cream adds a little more moistness to the cake and replaces milk. I always have sour cream in the fridge, but not much milk around the house. You can also substitute the sour cream with plain yogurt.
Apple: I always have apples in the house and will cook with whatever I have on hand. You can also substitute fresh Pears, especially if you are the holiday recipient of Harry & David Pears and don't know what to do with all those Pears.
Cinnamon: a classic baking spices that you can adjust according to your own taste. If you like you can also shake a little nutmeg and ginger or go heavier with the cinnamon.
Fresh Apple Cake Instructions
Mix the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls.
Combine the wet and dry ingredient and mix together.
Fold in the chopped apples.
Pour batter into baking dish.
Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit n the bottom rack of the toaster oven for 45-50 minutes. This setting is for my Breville Smart Oven, I did not use the convection setting.
If using a regular oven. bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit and check after 35 minutes.
Let cool and remove from pan and dust with powdered sugar. This is the small Emile Henry Baking Dish I use for the apple cake.
Cut the apple cake into 4 or six slices and serve just as is.
How to store fresh apple cake?
This recipe is made with fresh apples, so you'll want to store it in the refrigerator. Cover with saran wrap or place in a covered container. The cake can be store for 2-3 days.
- This small version of old fashioned fresh apple cake is perfect to bake in paper pans and wrap up for holiday gifts.
- Substitute the apples with fresh pears.
- Add some nutmeg and ginger to the recipe for a holiday flavor.