French Apple Cake

Recipes by Chef Steph

Chef Steph

Sweet, tender apples. Moist, buttery cake. This French answer to coffee cake is absolutely perfect in its simplicity. Perfect for brunches as a sweet course, or as a crowd-pleasing dessert.


  • 8 tablespoons - unsalted butter
  • 3 - medium apples, combine sweet and tart such as Granny Smith or Honey Crisp
  • 1 cup - all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon - baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon - fine salt
  • 2 - large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup - packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup - Apple Cider or MRDC Honey Whiskey
  • 1 stick - butter
  • - Powdered sugar, for serving
Prep time
15 minutes
Cook Time
40  minutes
9 to 12


  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the and heat oven to 350ºF. Meanwhile, coat an 8-inch round cake pan with cooking spray or butter, then line the bottom with a round of parchment paper. Melt 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter. Peel, core, and dice 3 apples.
  2. Whisk 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon fine salt together in a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk 2 eggs in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the melted butter, 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar, 1/4 cup Cider and 1 teaspoon vanilla, and whisk to combine. Add the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until just combined. Add the apples and fold until just combined.
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before carefully removing from pan (loosen the sides by running a thin knife around the edge if needed first). Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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