Apple Meringue Cake

I have always loved this apple meringue cake as it’s one of the firsts cakes I have made ever since I was a little girl. The flavor is absolutely wonderful and everyone in the family is delighted every time I make it.

What I love about this cake is the variety of fruits you can choose for this recipe, depending on the season. Berries work great, apricots and peaches bring a wonderful flavor as well and as fall comes plums, apples and pears make a perfect choice too.

apple meringue cake slice

This apple meringue cake is one of the best apple desserts, the meringue has a crispy exterior while the cake is soft and apples bring such a wonderful flavor and texture, a delightful and comforting fall dessert indeed.

Apples get a crisp-tender texture so if you want really soft apples you can cook them a little on stove top with cinnamon and butter or microwave for few seconds before adding them over the cake batter.

Hope you will give it a try and enjoy it as we sure did:)

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5 from 1 vote
This apple meringue cake is one of the best apple desserts, the meringue has a crispy exterior while the cake is soft and apples bring such a wonderful flavor and texture, a delightful and comforting dessert indeed.
Servings 10 servings
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins


Cake Batter

  • 1 stick (113g) butter , room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup (60g) sour cream
  • Grated zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ tsp (10g) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) salt
  • 2 cups (250g) flour

Apple Filling

  • 4-5 medium apples , peeled and sliced
  • Juice from half of lemon
  • 1 tsp (3g) cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp (30g) flour


  • 4 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter 10-inch (26 cm) springform pan (with a removable base).
  • Prepare the apples. In a large bowl combine the apple slices with lemon juice, cinnamon and 4 tbsp flour. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Prepare the cake batter. Combine flour, baking powder and salt into  a medium bowl.
  • In another bowl cream together butter and sugar until well mixed. Beat in the egg yolks, sour cream, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and arrange the apple slices on top. Bake for 30 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile prepare the meringue. Whip the egg whites until foamy with a mixer. Gradually add the sugar whipping the whole time until it holds very stiff peaks.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and add whipped egg whites on top of the cake and bake for another 20 minutes until golden brown. Run a sharp knife completely around the inside edge of the pan. Let cool slightly at room temperature before serving.



Serving: 1gCalories: 377kcalCarbohydrates: 62.7gProtein: 5.9gFat: 12.6gSaturated Fat: 7.3gCholesterol: 111mgSugar: 37.6g
Calories: 377kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake, apple dessert, apple meringue cake, meringue cake

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  1. Livia Author says:

    Waht type of four should i use? Thanks for answer:)

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      All purpose flour is fine.. let me know if you try the recipe:)

  2. Vivian Author says:

    Apple Meringue Cake

  3. Jess @ Sweetest Menu Author says:

    I love ANYTHING with meringue. This looks just wonderful! I love the idea of apple cake with meringue on top – brilliant!

  4. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef Author says:

    I love apple cake but I’ve never had one with meringue on it. I’m dying to try this!

  5. marcie Author says:

    I would never have thought to top an apple cake with meringue — what a delicious idea! This looks like such a wonderful fall dessert!

  6. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen Author says:

    Ella, I’ve never had an Apple Meringue Cake before, but I have to tell you – it looks amazing, and I need to try it! Have a great weekend!

  7. Liz Author says:

    I’ve never thought of topping a cake with meringues, but I love the idea!Such a versatile and yummy cake!

  8. Lisa McGuire Author says:

    I usually add sugar to my apples because I think they are too tart without it. But, sugar is a desiccant, and pulls the juice out of the apples. Will this make the cake underneath soupy?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      yes.. don't add sugar to the apples in this case… there is a lot of sugar in the batter and meringue on top.. and the cake is well balanced

  9. Nanda Author says:

    Wonderful recipes

  10. ferreira dorothée Author says:

    I’ve just made the recipes and it’s wonderfull!!!But my meringue is not crunchy i don’t know why?It doesn’t matter it’s so good!!! Thank you very much to share with us your fabulous recipes!!!!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      It is not supposed to be crunchy.. not on this recipe.. glad  you enjoyed the recipe:)

  11. My mom wants this for her birthday cake. What kind of apples do you use? Any I should avoid?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Jes.

      There are no restrictions, use the ones  you like best.

  12. Meenakshi nimmagadda Author says:

    Hi mam why my meringue is not curuncy or crispy??

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