Apple Cake

This is an easy recipe for a delicious Apple Cake that goes well as breakfast or as dessert. In our family, we love everything that involves apples. Either for breakfast, or in a salad or dessert they always bring a bit of freshness and flavor.

The combination of cinnamon, apples, and nuts is always a winner.

How to make this easy apple and walnut cake

To prepare this delicious apple and walnut cake, begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 10-inch (26 cm) springform pan with a removable base to ensure the cake does not stick.

Separate the egg yolks from the whites into different bowls. In a medium bowl, mix the egg yolks with 1/3 cup of sugar until the mixture becomes thick, creamy, and pale yellow. Add the butter and continue mixing, then add the cold water, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and lemon zest, blending well to combine.

In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites with a mixer until they become foamy. Gradually add the remaining 1/3 cup of sugar while continuously whipping until the egg whites hold very stiff peaks.

Carefully fold the stiff egg whites into the yolk mixture. Once combined, gently fold in the flour and baking powder, ensuring the batter remains light and airy.

How to prepare the apples

Peel the apples and sprinkle them with fresh lemon juice to prevent browning. Cut two of the apples into small pieces and set aside. Slice the remaining apple into thin slices for the top of the cake.

Incorporate the small apple pieces into the batter, mixing gently. Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan, spreading it out evenly. Arrange the thin apple slices on top of the batter in a decorative pattern, and then sprinkle with the chopped walnuts.

Bake the cake in the preheated oven for about 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Once baked, remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for a few minutes. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve the apple and walnut cake with a good cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this delightful treat.

Hope you will try this easy recipe for Apple Cake and enjoy! If you do, make sure to share the photos with me on Instagram. Would love to see how it turns out for you.

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Apple Cake

5 from 1 vote
Easy recipe for a delicious apple cake that goes well as breakfast or as dessert. The combination between cinnamon, apples and nuts is always a winner.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups (210g) flour
  • 2/3 cup (135g) sugar
  • 5 tbsp (75g) butter , at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (75ml) cold water
  • 2 tsp (8g) baking powder
  • 3 apples
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp (3g) cinnamon
  • walnuts , chopped for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 10-inch(26 cm) springform pan (with a removable base). 
  • Separate the egg yolks from the whites. In a medium bowl mix egg yolks with 1/3 cup sugar until thick, creamy and pale yellow colored. Add butter and mix then add the cold water, vanilla extract, cinnamon and lemon zest and mix well. 
  • Whip egg whites until foamy with a mixer. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar left whipping the whole time until it holds very stiff peaks. Add the whites to the yolks mixture. 
  • Gently fold in the flour and baking powder. 
  • Peel the apples and sprinkle with fresh lemon juice. Cut 2 of the apples in small pieces and 1 apple in thin slices for the top of the cake.
  • Incorporate the apple small pieces into the batter. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Arrange the apple slices on top and add the walnuts.
  • Bake for about 40 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. 
  • Serve along a good cup of coffee or tea. 


Serving: 1 serving out of 12Calories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 3.4gFat: 6.4gSaturated Fat: 3.6gCholesterol: 60mgSugar: 16g
Calories: 196kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, cake, dessert, easy cake, tart

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  1. selva Author says:

    Hi, this apple pie look great. Only can you tell me is this pie juice or more dry? I like pie to be more juice. Thank you very much.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I think is somewhere between.. not too juicy.. not to dry either.. You can try add more apples or less flour if you like it more juicy.

  2. Kiri W Author says:

    Beautiful! 🙂 I lvoe apple cake, and this one looks perfect, moist and crumbly.

  3. RavieNomNoms Author says:

    This is sooooo lovely! Apple cake is so delicious!

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